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I started saying little yeses to joy; the results shocked me. Learn about my ebook, Unquiet Time: A devotional for the rest of us, here.

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    • Thank you, Kim. I feel like I found a secret treasure-chest of blessing for even my darkest moments. I’m finally understanding those verses like, “you are my hiding place.”

  1. I am probably close to where you are. Not with abuse, but with a husband who has cast off his faith. My home has become a battle field, and darkness invades more and more. But I have found God and truth in this journey, and perhaps I would not have seen His light so clearly if the path was easy?
    Thank you for your beautiful honesty.

    • I’m sorry to hear you’re in the middle of a battle, Angie. That sounds heart-piercing. Father, I pray you would be in the middle of Angie’s home to provide peace and blessing and unity.

      • Father,

        Help change Angie’s husband heart. Soften it so he will turn back to you and bring back the light in their lives. Bless Angie with courage and strength to carry on through all this!

        AMEN!

        • Thank you, both. I am so grateful to God’s amazing plan to use His people for comforting, prayer, and encouragement! Your words mean so much!

  2. Beautifully written devotional and love what you said Angie, ” I would not have seen his light so clearly if the path was easy.” Oh how I want that easy path after battling so long with chronic illness, a divorce, and more. But He has shown me more of himself in these dark places than ever before.
    I love how you had just enough light to read and send praises to God. That is just like him, he gives us just enough light to keep pressing on!!

  3. Been on a very hard road for a long time. But this has also been when I have gotten to KNOW Jesus most clearly and and Hear his voice speaking to me in the most amazing and tender ways. Often when I least expect it. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

  4. Now, as a mature adult, I was learning compassion for my younger self. I need to learn this very thing as I face the abuse of the past also. Thank you.

  5. Such lovely writing, Heather, and vulnerable sharing. “Praise God for the chance to be caught up in His light.” Yes, Praise Him for His light that is always present!

  6. Amen Heather! Darknes DOES NOT have the final say – God THE LIGHT- our LIGHT has the final say!
    Praying you will be blessed as you bless others!

  7. Thank you so much Heather for your healing words. Tonight is THAT night for me as it marks exactly six years to the day since the passing of my best friend (for 11 and a half years).

    It’s been a tough few days with a colleague also having collapsed and passed on 2 days ago.

    So I’ve been feeling world-weary and carrying soul sores making me homesick for heaven. BUT you have restored my hope in knowing that darkness truly does not have the last say.

    Bless you

  8. Darkness does not have the final say. For sure!

    When I feel like weeping instead of praying I rest in the promise of Romans 8:26-27 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

    I let my weeping be my prayer and the Holy Spirit do the work of praying for God’s will.

    • That is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I’m so grateful for the peace it brings that the very best prayers I can pray are really God praying through me.

  9. Amen and amen. Recently, I was feeling cloaked in darkness; a shroud that was so heavy it was tangible. But in reading Bob Sorge’s Secrets of the Secret Place, I was ministered to in a chapter entitled the Secret of Bodily Light. Sorge expounds on Jesus’ truth from Luke 11 on the whole body being filled with light. May His light continue to shine bright in your heart.

  10. Beautiful and inspiring. I am coming out of my rough season finally! But I still have hard moments and this is a great reminder to praise God in all times because it truly is cleansing.

  11. “I saw the infinite love of God. I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean if light and love, whic flowed over the ocean of darkness. And in that also I saw the infinite love of God;” George Fox’s journal 1647 He was founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

  12. Heather,

    Such prophetic words!

    I have been in a dark place this year. It has bee one rough year for me dealing with my aging father. It has been one thing after another–added to that stress is the fact I hate my job and don’t want to go in most days. Another factor is that my husband almost lost his job-got put back on 2nd (late shift) in ER (CT tech). Praise God he now has a dayshift job closer to home with same company.

    Through all of this I have learned to lean in hard on God and His light! His provision of the Holy Spirit to pray for me when I can’t. I find listening to Praise and Worship music on Pandora.com helps calm my soul and bring me peace!

    Blessings 🙂

    • I stream stations like that too! It has been such a helpful, clarifying, heart-filling spiritual discipline for me, giving me words of praise that stay on my mind all day.

  13. Thank you for sharing this with us—-so TRUE!! We just need to PRAISE our way OUT of the pit–the enemy is trying to keep us in!

    • It’s amazing what praise can do for our spirits. What I’m amazed by is how praise feels like a warm embrace, a place to be sheltered, and a Person to be a companion with me. Sometimes, the pit doesn’t go away, but I don’t feel alone in it.