May I Shine a Light

It has been too long since I have posted here…although my cause(s) is/are not forgotten.

My heart is wrapped all up in self-preservation lately, but my soul yearns for growth always. I believe I am far from stagnant, though there are times I wonder, but I work to remember, even if it is not written about, does not mean it did not happen!

Through the trials of recent times I have witnessed the continued personal struggle to be more humble and open to the hurting of others. How easy it is to be focused on my own pain!

How grateful I am, too, for the amazing gifts at work in my life. The gifts would be the hearts, kindness and love of others…some people I hardly ever see or have even never seen before! Steadfast is the love of a few precious family members and friends who truly accept me in all of my moments, the ugly, the fearful, as well as the moments I shine. These gifts at work in my life are so precious…I can hardly manage to find the words to convey their meaning.

Kindness shown, in varying degrees, is what gets me through it all…all of the mud and muck and mire, as God pulls me out of the pit, I know that He uses so many beautiful people to help me out as well. The kindness shown by a stranger truly does make all of the difference. The gifts of friends who know when you are in need is the fuel for the fire in my heart, it fuels the hope within. The moment of attention given by someone who I hold dear, is priceless. A phone call, a card, a letter, an email, a message on twitter, a blog comment, it all translates into one thing…the message: “you matter”.

I am now reminded of my shortcomings, of how self-absorbed I have been in my family’s personal struggles, in my own individual battles and I am inspired to be more, to remind others more of their significance.

It begins in my home with my spouse and my children, and extends out from there…may I touch you in some way in the future, may I bring a moment of warmth to your life somehow. That is my greatest desire, to show others that they also matter, for it is what I believe I must struggle with the most. Never do I want another to feel the pang of fear and isolation that comes from feeling insignificant.

In the year ahead, may I be a light, a beacon of warmth and may I shine in your life somehow.

6 thoughts on “May I Shine a Light

  1. You open your heart so that others can truly see…and that alone is worth far more than you realize. It helps people to see that they too, are not alone in their struggles. Not only will you be a light and a beacon that helps other see the dangers around them, you’ll continue to grow, heal and be strengthened! Thank you for your amazing heart – for how you care, for the love you give and show others!! YOU are simply fantabulous!

    I love this passage from you – – -> “may I touch you in some way in the future, may I bring a moment of warmth to your life somehow. That is my greatest desire, to show others that they also matter, for it is what I believe I must struggle with the most. Never do I want another to feel the pang of fear and isolation that comes from feeling insignificant.
    In the year ahead, may I be a light, a beacon of warmth and may I shine in your life somehow.”

    @spreadingJOY

  2. As you shine love and light inward toward yourself to be your own beacon of warmth, your beacon will beckon those who need some warmth and light!

  3. Your light has not dimmed, Amy – just flickered a little. We know you’re there, “trucking” along, and our hearts & minds reach out to suppprt you.

    Remember that you are loved by a wide circle of friends, both nearby & distant.

    … Robin

  4. Precious one… You are a gift to so many– to me– to twitter– your family, friends, and church brothers and sisters— God has had amazing plans for you— way before you were born– yes, just as He did I– pulled you out of the muck– and brought you to be who you ARE TODAY— A SHINING LIGHT FOR CHRIST— FOR OTHERS TO SEE!!! We all have dimmer days than others– but He comes right up to us– whispers amazing words to us– and that light BLAZES AGAIN!! AND THIS IS YOU!!!! YOU are such a gift to me– and so many– and I am so grateful to know you– we have so many commons– He will not let us stumble and fall– He will hold us– carry us thru– and take our burdens– as we LIVE ON FIRE FOR HIM!!! And you are a walking testament girl!! Love you as well– with all my heart soul and mind— just as we do Christ!! God bless you– lift your spirits knowing– you are a blessing to me– and SO MANY!!!!

    In His TIght Grip,

    Heather (Hetty) Siebens @AliveinMe

    http://hiswill4me.blogspot.com

    http://www.facebook.com/AliveinMe

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