LIFT YOUR LAMPSTAND

When the bushel feels safer…

Cainspirations by Kristi Cain, originally published September 30, 2022

DISCOVERING DESTINY.

Overcoming Darkness.

How are you overcoming the struggle to dodge the spotlight? Let’s journey together!

Some of us don’t love the spotlight. And we’ve all been through seasons we don’t want displayed before the world.
 
But those seasons tend to visit with increasing frequency the further you step into your faith journey.
 
Seasons that send you reeling as the hits just keep coming. Seasons that make you look “less than” in the eyes of the world. Seasons that raise more questions than answers.
 
These are the seasons when the glare of light can sting our eyes and leave us ducking for cover. These are the seasons when we want to run from the lampstand straight into the nearest bushel we can find.
 
But that is exactly what the enemy wants us to do.
 
To board the first boat to Tarshish when the harvest is in Nineveh. To crawl into a cave when it’s time to anoint your Elisha. To deny your Christ when it’s time to become his rock.
 
Because whenever he strikes at our circumstances, our accuser will also whisper into our thoughts.
 
Telling the Jonah in us no one will listen. Telling the Elijah in us no one will care. Telling the Peter in us our Savior won’t help us anymore.
 
But we serve a God who is strong enough to defy the deceptions our enemy pours out like a river and shatter the traps threatening to pull our feet into the depths.
 
Who promises that the sword of the sprit and the word of God can overcome any effort to silence your testimony. Who reminds us that the breastplate of righteousness and helmet of salvation will bring you allies when attackers pursue you. Who calls us to raise our shield of faith when all hope seems lost.
 
Who calls us his own when the enemy rejects and disowns. Because the greater the test, the greater the testimony.
 
It took one of the most depraved pagan cities to build the lampstand of Jonah. It took the Old Testament’s vilest rulers to bring the light of Elijah. And it took the cross to give us the salvation of Christ.
 
So, if you find yourself in the midst of a storm and don’t know which way the wind will blow you, don’t hide under the nearest bushel.
 
Because all around you every day are souls of God’s children. Children who are lost, who have been blown off-course. Children who might not know which end is up any more. Children who might not make it to heaven if they can’t find the right source of light to guide them.

And how will they ever find that light if they can’t find you?

Because the faith that you cling to through the hard times, the painful times, and the downright humiliating times, may be the very lifeline your neighbor needs to find their way home.

So even when you’re struggling to see your own way forward, never forget the power of the light within. Because that special gifting of the soul is a beacon of hope in a dark world.

One that is desperately needed today. And one that will be richly rewarded in our forever home above.
 
(And let’s continue to pray for those rebuilding from the path Hurricane Ian).
Want to know your divine calling? Find out with my “Discover Your Destiny” Quiz!

YOUR TURN!

Don’t make me do all the talking – I’d love to hear from you!

  • What helps you stand on your faith when you’d rather run for cover?
  • What is a bold move you made that helped you overcome a dark valley?
  • Do you want to hear about anything else? Any prayer requests?

Just shoot me an email – don’t be shy! And I promise to reply!

BEAUTY IN TODAY

Check out these awesome photos from readers like you!

PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom, left to right): “Bald River Bridal Veil” by Trey Sullins; “Sedona Sky Lights” by Angela Ruth Strong; “Sawtooth Shoreline” by Cindy Huskey; and “Fawning over Fall” by Vince Vawter.

Want to share your “Beauty in Today” picture or inspirational musings? Shoot me an email and you just might be featured in my next issue!

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Thanks for visiting with us today! I hope I’ve helped you feel encouraged! – Kristi

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Work looks a lot like play for Kristi Cain and includes freelance writing for Crosswalk, inspirational blogging, writing fantastical stories of Christian fiction, teaching English to teens, and being able to say, “I’m a former journalist.” Home is nestled in the Smoky Mountain foothills with her husband and teenage children. If you ever want a little encouragement in your day, check out her newsletter. Hop over to her website for her latest happenings and join her Facebook group, a fun, faith-based community.

Cain’s life experiences and faith journey have lent her the lens through which she shapes stories of unlocking the light of destiny out of darkness. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage people to understand that the difficult places in life can be the very ingredients that shape the greatest destinies.

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Published by Author Kristi Cain

Author - Teacher - Encourager Kristi is a wife, mother, inspirational blogger, Crosswalk contributor, and crafter of fantastical stories of Christian fiction.

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