Jesus in the Blood

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Today’s Reflecting Light is written by Adrienne Bridges, who has the most beautiful heart for the Lord. She is also committed to teaching her two precious daughters to know and love Him as evidenced by this post. Her story is such a sweet reminder of how far and deep Jesus’ presence goes…into our very bloodstream.

I tucked my lively three-year-old into bed one evening encouraging her to get some rest. Declaring she was not tired she firmly hugged my neck, insisting I linger in her bed a little longer. Ordinarily I would offer music or a nightlight, but this night I reminded her of Jesus’ presence simply being near. I assured her that He is near both of us, ready to hear all about our day even though we did not physically see Him.

It was then my larger than life toddler responded, “I know where He lives, in my blood!” As my initial gasp regained closure from the word blood coming out of my pint-size daughter’s mouth, I realized the depth she had revealed. She then went on to say, “He lives in my heart and it goes to my blood.” Wow. Thank you, little prophet baby.

How true her statement is!

When we ask Jesus to come into our heart and allow Him to reign over our souls, His Holy power infiltrates all our being, bearing His goodness. Jesus’ sacrificial blood isn’t secluded to one region of our heart nor should it be contained just within our mind, but rather our overall life. Yet, sometimes we forget this concept and only allow Him to work within the areas we are comfortable in.

But when we meditate on the entire image, then we see that the sacrificial blood flows freely into our bloodstream to give us life through Jesus. Galatians 2:20 paints a clear picture as it states, “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives life through me – we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me and dispenses his life into mine!”

Allow that love to sink in. Reflect on His offering to us. He desires to simply be near to us at all times. Whether it’s at an 8:00 pm bedtime or a 2:00 am struggle, He is a calming presence for both a restless toddler or an adult battling a carrying force during the darkest hour in life. He desires to communicate with us in every aspect of life, be it a work decision or guidance with a family member. May we rest in that and allow Him to reign over ALL of it.  

May we also have the mindset of a toddler, reflecting that His life starts in our heart and flows into our blood.

Adrienne has been married to Matt Bridges for nearly 10 years and is mother to Neely (age 6) and Camille (age 3). She loves mornings with God’s Word, a cup of coffee anytime of the day, her crockpot, grocery shopping, and the joy of making memories during this chaotic season in motherhood!

Be Merry & Filled with Light

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How do you celebrate Christmas?

The spirit of Christmas brings forth the desire to be merry and light-hearted, hence the saying, “Merry Christmas!”  But Christmas is also a time for reflection of the most glorious of days when the Light of the World came down.

It’s easy to get caught up in the activities, but there is something about a Silent Night that also appeals to my soul during this time of year.

I long to take a moment to sit under the stars and contemplate that special night when the Savior of the world made His grand debut as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Can you imagine what it would have been like to hear the angels singing, “Glory to God in the Highest!” heralding the best news that mankind has ever received?

Because Light came down that day, there is now the possibility for peace to exist on a war-stricken earth and the opportunity to extend goodwill towards others. If we seek Him out, then we come to the realization that we were put on this earth not for our own pleasure, but to glorify something bigger than ourselves. Christmas is a time to let our hearts receive the gift of the Messiah and all He represents, such as salvation and eternal life and His Light in our lives.

All of these things require a time of reflection and pondering, just as Mary did on that miraculous night (even though that night probably wasn’t so “silent” for her). Yet amid all the cattle lowing and the shepherds praising, the gospel of Luke tells us, “But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.” (Luke 2:19)

So yes, we celebrate the season with friends and family, enjoying all the good food and festivities, letting our hearts be merry. But we also follow Mary’s example and slow down for a time of reflection on the wonder of it all.

May your days be merry and filled with His Light.

Voice of Truth

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One of the most important things that we can do as a believer in Christ is to reject the lies of the enemy and replace it with the Voice of Truth.

Satan will do whatever it takes to render God’s children as ineffective for the Kingdom. So, if he can convince us that we are too broken, too fat, too dumb, too far gone to be used by God, then he considers it a win.

But that’s simply not true!

God’s Word says that long before he laid down earth’s foundations, He had you in mind; He had settled on you as the focus of his love. He chose you, my darling!!

The Voice of truth never lies and it says that you are CHOSEN, you are accepted, you are whole, you are clean because of what Jesus Christ did for you.

It is important that we know that God’s Word is a mirror that reflects only the truth. And when we hold up that mirror we see that we are truly loved and chosen!

Every day that we wake up to begin another day, we have an opportunity to be effective for the Kingdom of God. The question is: will we listen to the lies of Satan or will we stand on God’s Word and listen to the Voice of Truth?

Make a New Year’s Reflection Instead of a New Year’s Resolution

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Happy New Year!

It took willpower but the final crumbs of the cheese straws have been thrown in the trash and all the Christmas candy has been consumed. And praise the Lord the kids are finally back in school!  So now it’s just me and my double chin hanging out, ready to make some New Year’s Resolutions.

But really, what exactly are new year’s resolutions and how did this tradition get started? In 1813 a Boston newspaper ran an article where these three words were first mentioned:

“And yet, I believe there are multitudes of people, accustomed to receive injunctions of new year resolutions, who will sin all the month of December, with a serious determination of beginning the new year with new resolutions and new behaviour, and with the full belief that they shall thus expiate and wipe away all their former faults.”

Yeah. I’d say that’s pretty much on target.  Merriam-Webster seems to be in agreement with the above writer and says that the word resolution actually means “the act of determining.”  With all that determining going on, some serious changes are about to be implemented and faults magically erased.

Yet, if you happen to say: Hey Siri! How many people achieve their new year’s resolutions? A disappointing answer of only 8% is given.  What?! How could that be with all that determination we set out with on January 1st?

I am no psychologist, but maybe it has to do with our mindset and the way we go about trying to achieve our goals. Perhaps we should try a little New Year’s Reflection instead.

The word reflection is defined as “consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose.”  Hmmm. This definitely seems a more thoughtful approach of goal-setting.  Reflection allows us to celebrate and continue what is working and implement strategies to improve what isn’t working. Let’s explore some scenarios.

Resolution: I want to lose weight in 2017.

Reflection: It is important to be healthy for myself and for my family and even though I’m not a big fan of sweating, I like how I feel after I work out. I also feel better if I don’t eat large quantities of sugar. Therefore, I am setting a goal of lifting weights every Tuesday and Thursday and adding cardio activity 3 times per week. I will also fast from sugar for 21 days and then eat it in moderation, tweaking it week by week.

Resolution: I want to have more money by the end of 2017.

Reflection: I would really like to have the financial freedom to be able to buy our dream home in the next five years so that our family can enjoy it before the kids are grown. Therefore, I will continue to systematically save a set amount each month. I will download budgeting software and will keep track of areas where we can cut spending, evaluating it on a monthly basis.

Resolution: I want to grow closer to God in 2017.

Reflection: I absolutely love how my relationship with God has flourished this past year by making the commitment to rise early and meet with Him daily.  I know that reading His Word and praying makes me a better wife, mother, friend, employee, and daughter of the King. Therefore, I will continue to practice this discipline, and I will put forth the effort to attend a routine Bible study with other women who seek Him first.

I like the purpose-driven nature and sustainability that a New Year’s Reflection provides rather than a New Year’s Resolution, don’t you? Whatever your goals are in 2017, my friend, I pray the Lord will bless them and that you will resolve to make the only real reflection that matters: to let your life be a reflection of the Light of Christ.

As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart.

Proverbs 27:19