2.28.2012

Let Your Light Shine

Let your light shine. I'm sensing that someone out there needs to hear those words today, so I thought I'd share part of my Christmas card design and the story behind it with you today.


It was Thanksgiving Day, and after designing nearly 75 custom cards, I had no idea what ours would look like. Photos are a great starting point, so when I saw a patch of morning sun flooding through one of my bedroom windows, I grabbed my camera {with my favorite 50 mm prime lens} and told my girls if they wanted a card, this was our chance. I had to work fast because perfect light doesn't last long {nor does their willingness}!

When I saw what I had captured...



...the word light immediately came to mind.

As I looked at their radiant eyes and sunlit faces, I felt like God whispered the words for our card into my heart: let your light shine. How I needed to hear those words.


I looked like my girls once...glowing with life and light. But this world has a way of throwing "wet blankets" on our flame, leaving us barely able to flicker, much less shine. For me, birth trauma, migraines, mono, chronic fatigue, friendship aches and the lies of "too much" and "not enough" worked together to convince me that my "light shining" days were over. I think I had forgotten who I was.

But about a year and a half ago, God decided to remind me through a visit to an old college friend. He's the kind of friend you never forget. His story is so powerful, and will always be wrapped up in mine. Ours wasn't a love story {we were like peas and carrots, right Morgs?}, but he fell in love with Jesus because of the light he saw in me. {Sometimes I still can't believe I had anything to do with it. Humbling to say the least.}

When my husband suggested we go visit this friend in person a year and a half ago, I was nervous. I hadn't seen him since my wedding day. After all these years, I was scared of what he'd see {or not see} in me...scared he wouldn't see even a flicker of light in my broken down self. But God gave him deep-seeing eyes. He looked right though all the layers and the years and said, "I see you, Lins."

Those words were like God's own...just what my heart needed to hear. He is, after all, the God who sees me. {Genesis 16:13} I came home from that visit determined to live again, and a year and half later, I'm ready to let my light shine!

So why do I share all of this so many months later? Because I know how powerful it is to be reminded of who you are. Sweet friends, this is what is true about you: no matter how dim the days or months or years have been, you still have a light inside. Sometimes we just need someone to remind us that it's still in there!

LET IT SHINE! 
 xo,
P.S. To encourage you further, I've got a giveaway in mind inspired by the LET IT SHINE design at the top of this post. Stay tuned!

33 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your inspiring words and photos of your girls. How perfectly you captured them in the morning light - just beautiful!

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  2. Thank you. Somehow this is exactly what I needed to hear today. Rough patch, but sure to pass.

    Your girls are lovely. Their light is certainly shining!

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  3. You are such a great writer and I love how you share your faith. What a wonderful illustration of friendship and God's love. I love the song 'The Light in Me' by Brandon Heath. Every time I listen to it I am reminded that He put that light there and He won't ever let it burn out. And I love your sweet girls...they are two beams of light from the Lord!

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    1. Love that song...and "Feel the Light" by Britt Nicole. That one moved me to tears the first time I heard it. Like God singing to me. :)

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  4. Talia, I wish I could write you back personally. If you happen to come back and read this comment, I want you to know that I found my light amidst the rough patches. It's in there! xo!

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    1. I've just learned that I can reply directly to a comment now! This is a great new feature!

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  5. what a beautiful Christmas card and what a beautiful message that you have reminded us of today.

    You are a LIGHT for him, a beautiful, amazing light. :)

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    1. Thank you, sweet Tara. You are, too! Xo!

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  6. Ugh~ I sure needed to hear this today Lins, thank you!!
    Hugs~
    T

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  7. Boy do I need a lesson in this. My sweet husband is very ill and his disease takes it's toll on our light. Thank you for being a bit of cheer today!

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    1. My heart goes out to you and your husband, Dianne. I know how dark the days can feel when the body isn't doing well. Praying God will shine His light into your days.

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  8. what a wonderful post. AND blog! Just found you via Pinterest.
    I wonder if you would like to join the Master Designer Blog Roll? It seems like your blog might be a perfect fit!! We have some of the most awesome design bloggers, with a heart for God, on the blog roll.
    Thought I would pass it along!
    http://www.fieldstonehilldesign.com/master-designer

    keep Shining his beauty! And nice to meet you in blogland!

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    1. Glad you found me, Darlene! And now I'm off to visit you!

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  9. Whew lady if you only knew how much I needed to hear that today...thanks for sharing, Linsey. I hope you are well. Lots of love and xo Laura

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    1. I didn't know, but clearly God did! His timing is always perfect! :)

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  10. LOVE this
    I see you Lins..
    caught my breath
    you and me...wow
    so many of the "same"
    let it shine sister...we are hiding no more:)
    xo

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  11. you're an inspiration to all who know you -- thank you!! xo

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  12. amazing! I love this post!

    And - I know I've 'seen' you all around Pinterest - it is so great to 'see' you here...and I feel like this first post that I've read is really piercing my heart.

    I love vulnerable posts that the Lord has inspired - they are my favorite and you're exactly right - I needed to read these words right now.

    THANK YOU for sharing!

    xoxo -Tracy.

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    1. Great to have a Pinterest friend become a blog friend! Your pins are some of my favorites!

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  13. needed that today--sent it to a precious friend who's hurting deeply--

    your girls are breathtaking!!

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  14. Just beautiful... picture perfect (if you will) thank you so much for sharing... they are gorgeous... I am sure you are very proud

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  15. I read this this morning and burst into tears. Thank you for sharing this- I so needed it. I need someone to look at me and say, "I see you". I don't even know where I am anymore! I know there is hope, but I am definitely lost at the moment, barely going through the motions. Thank you for being real. I appreciate it more than you know.

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    1. I know the feeling, Tammy. Not knowing who you are can be a dark place. I'm praying that God will remind you that He sees you. Hugs!

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  16. Thank you! You are kind to respond.

    xoxoxo...

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  17. Hey Linsey - just wanted to let you know that I "tagged" you today on my post...stop by for a look! Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you! I'll do my best to answer your fun questions, but my blogging is more spontaneous than planned. We'll see! :)

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  18. Wow. Moved right to tears. You're such a beautiful writer, and I needed this message so much right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Nicole

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    1. Thank YOU, Nicole, for making your way through all my words and taking time to leave a comment. I think tears are a gift from God!

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  19. Wow. Moved right to tears. You're such a beautiful writer, and I needed this message so much right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Nicole

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  20. Beautiful! Oh how the light shines in those precious smiles, in those beautiful eyes. 'Light shining' has been in my heart lately too. Looking forward to your giveaway! :)

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  21. what a beautiful card and message. you really do have a gift with words. i always find this time of year to be the roughest. i don't know why. but this lag between the end of winter and spring is always a bit icky and exhausting for me. your post did my soul good. i feel lifted. still pulled in a million directions by the needs of everyone and everything else, but lighter in spite of it!! thanks, my friend xo, tessa

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  22. I'm so glad to have come across your blog via pinterest this morning! I think I'll let this little light of mine shine today. :-) Thank you for writing such an inspiring post. I'll certainly be back to visit again!

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"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

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