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Lessons from The Light

Posted in Encouragement, Faith, and It's Time to FLY

” We don’t have to be afraid of the dark. 

Jesus is the Light of the world.”

its-time-to-fly-jesus-is-the-lightI wish I understood this truth as a child.  At bedtime, I’d stare into the pitch of my closet and wonder what creatures lurked inside. But the dark couldn’t fool my big sister Gail. She assured me the blue dress hanging in my closet had not become the boogie man.

To empty my mind of dark visions, Gail would tell me a story about Candyland. Images of lollipop flowers and chocolate malted mountains took me far away from the closet’s doom. Even after Gail left for college, her stories stayed with me. The darkness lost its power. Gail taught me well.

But long before the closet of my childhood fears, Christ’s disciples’ nightmare became real. When they saw Jesus arrested, beaten and nailed to the cross, it must have seemed like a cruel way to save the world.

As they grieved before His resurrection, I wondered if they recounted the Savior’s teachings. His words were not a fairy tale. Surely, He taught them well:

In John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


In John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.”


In Matthew 10:11, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”


When life looks dark, I pray His Word will expose what’s playing tricks on our minds. May His words resonate deeply until we know He overcame our problems. Deep enough to know we have an Advocate. Deep enough to trust our losses will encounter His glory.

I want to rest in the arms of my Savior and not resort to my own limitations. As the Light, He pierces and shatters the darkness, giving us hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” – John 8:12 NLT

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  1. Taura Glaze
    Taura Glaze

    Thanks for sharing this wisdom:-). #Fear Not #Lean Hard #Yeild completely! Awesome!

    October 9, 2016
    • Joy

      You’re welcome Taura! I hope you continue on this journey with us. Praying you’ll FLY high and FLY well! 🙂

      October 9, 2016
  2. Gail Burke
    Gail Burke

    Joy, as I read this recollection of our shared experience tears welled in my eyes. I never would have imagined that my Candy Land stories would have had such an impact on you and that you, in turn, would one day use them to impact the Body of Christ! All I knew in my teenage mind was that I loved you very much and did not want you to suffer because of False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). How wonderful that my sisterly love mirrors in some small way the grand love Christ has for us! I love you very much, Joy, and I am so very proud of you! Keep writing, keep believing, keep stretching, and, above all, keep FLYing! Love, Your Big Sis, Gail

    October 10, 2016
    • Joy

      Hi Gail! It’s amazing how God can use anything to mirror His grace in our lives. I was grateful for your storytelling back then. But more than that, I’ve always been grateful that you’re my sister. Love you bunches. 🙂

      October 10, 2016

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