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Jesus writer by day. Mystery writer by night. Patricia Raybon, an award-winning Colorado author, writes on faith, race, and grace. Her debut historical mystery novel, "All That Is Secret," drops Oct. 5, 2021, from Tyndale. Join her on the journey at patriciaraybon.com.

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  1. It can be exasperating what husbands don’t notice or think is an issue. Your husband didn’t notice your grungy sunglasses as an issue, I believe, because he was seeing his lovely, accomplished wife. The future is bright even on the hard days because our Savior looks at us, seeing all the grunge & still sees us as perfect because He sees His child Jesus died on the cross to make righteous! The God of light & perfect vision loves me. Oh how amazing! Thank you for sharing your story. Great reminders as I begin a day that may include some rocks being thrown my way.

  2. It’s been a very rough 2 months on top all we’ve been through the last year and a half. Just when I thought life is about to turn around, yesterday came along with it’s unexpected problems. I will pray for that bright future. Maybe when the sun comes up and the coffee kicks in things will certainly look differently. In the meantime, thank you for the inspiration and reminder.

  3. Good morning Everyone,

    Today one of my daughters needs prayer for medical treatment. Yes, we have been praying for healing from Endometriosis for many years.
    We have tried many treatments and medications, acupuncture and psychotherapy. I know that “Healing is the Children’s Bread” and I stand on God’s promise with my child. Faith and trust are in this prayer of some years now. But remember, God made time and calendars for us in this broken and fractured world.

    I will stand in the Gap with my daughter as we weather this medical storm. I can’t be with her face to face because she lives and works in another state. But there is no distance in Prayer.

    Please include my child on your Prayer List this morning and I am mindful to give God the Praise, Honor and Glory for His Word and His Family of Saints.

    Thank you.

    Brenda M. Russell
    Your Sister in Christ

  4. Thank you. “The future is bright, even if we can’t see it yet. But know this: Our God of Light can.

    The shadow was only a small and
    passing thing: There was light
    and high beauty forever
    beyond its reach.”

    J. R.R. Tolkien

    This went straight to the heart. Thank you for such a beautifully written piece of inspiration! God bless.

  5. Good Morning, Patricia:

    How well do I remember mean girls! But right after my encounter, I started my first year in college, yes, after I was jumped by a pack of girls led by one who thought the same thing your 4th grade mean girl did. About a boy who was dating a girl who was my neighbor, of all things. But, as your post states, my future was still bright, because I started college soon after the incident. The girls who jumped me didn’t have it so well in their own lives. Looking back, I thank God for His protection, even in the midst of that fight. Since then, I’ve learned friends will leave you, especially when they cannot control you. But God has and continues to be faithful in my life – through my loneliness and pain, He is faithful. God Bless you and thank you for your post.

    • Beautiful Leutisha, you are wise and loved. Thank you for sharing your “mean girl” story and how you handled it. Your faith in God shines bright. Thank you for sharing His wonderful hope here today. With His love, Patricia

  6. Patricia, I thought for sure you were going to say that your long hem caused you to trip and fall into the muddy rocky lawn. So see, it could have been worse!

    The future is bright. I am struggling to see it yet, but I do know that God has got us, and we will see the light of His love and care even as we go through it. He will never leave us.

  7. Thank you! Yes, a brighter day is ahead. You touched my heart and soul with these words of reflection. Be blessed!

    Olivia

  8. Thank you so much for this devotional. I needed it so much today! Thanks so much for bringing me back to praising the Lord for all the good things. God is good all the time!

    • I can relate, Cindy. It’s seems so much easier to see the negative instead of praising our way through it. As you say, God is good all the time. May He help us to keep that truth alive in our hearts. With His love!

    • Wonderful Sharon, thank you so much. My mom was extraordinary–in countless ways. This story (which I’ve shared here before) really captures the best of her. Thank you for your beautiful feedback. Much peace and love!

    • Beautiful Amy, thank you so much. I stumbled on that Tolkein quote just as I was finishing today’s post. It fit so well, I decided to include it. I agree — the words are beautiful. Kind thanks for mentioning it. With God’s love and light!

  9. I’m so impressed with your Momma! What an amazing woman & I’m sure you’ve used her as your role model & example in different situations. Lord bless you & you’re beautiful with or without sunglasses!!!

    • Beautiful Barbara, thanks for your kind words about my late mom! I remain amazed at all the godly good and light she shared during her long, strong life. On that snowball day, her compassion and forgiveness were life changing for that “mean” girl. I still believe that after all these years. A lesson for us all, indeed! With God’s light and love, Patricia

  10. Well done, Patricia! Your words encourage me. No rocks coming my way at present, but having my bored husband underfoot 24/7 sometimes feels like an attack on my last nerve! I will find my gratitude feelings and peek around the corner for that happy thing coming my way.

    • Wonderful, Irene — thank you so much. I rejoice you’re in a no-rock season (except for your bored hubby)! May you look ahead with hope for more bright days. Our God is that good! With His love and peace!

  11. I so love your kind and gentle yet relevant way of relating through your words, the wisdom you have received through your experiences. In some ways you remind me of Mya Angelou. She chided but did it with love and wisdom. So do you.
    We can be right and yet so wrong if we scold rather than teach. Having a 4 year old great grandson has taught me so much about patience and how and when to use it as opposed to just demanding obedience.
    May God continue to bless you and grow you. We need your wisdom and insight.

    • Thank you, wonderful Loretta. Maybe that’s a benefit of growing older–more grace, less grumbling! May God Bless us to share more of that with each other here. Meantime, may Hos great love bless you and your entire family. Grace and joy on your precious great grandson, too. He sounds adorable! With God’s love, Patricia

      • Do you still live in Colo Spgs or do I have you confused with someone else? Either way I have always loved reading what you write. You give me peace through your words.

        • Thank you, Loretta. We live just south of Denver. (I’ve never lived in the Springs. It’s about an hour away.) Either way, thanks for journeying with me. Your kind feedback is so encouraging. Praise God and thank you!

  12. Absolutely love this, thank you so much! It is exactly what I needed for today, because life has certainly been filled with a lot of flying rocks. Thank you for the reminder that our God is always with us and turns our darkness into light. Loved the ending quote byJ.R.R Tolkien!

    • Wonderful Tammy, I join you in praying, indeed, for God’s light, peace and goodness in your heart, mind, and soul. His presence, more than all, is what we each need in every moment and season. Friendship and fellowship matter, too. So, I’m glad you connected today. Kind thanks also for enjoying that ending quote. I love it, too! With much peace and joy, Patricia

  13. Patricia hello all the way from Enniskillen in N.Ireland. I love all you write incourage. Plus all you write in Our Daily Bread. How you share you heart. I was bullied at school my parents thought when I was going in p6 and p7. That would be better for me. Saying the classes were smaller. So I was taken out of the primary school I was in to spend the last two years at this school. As my parents thought going to this school would be better for me with the smaller classes. As I have learning disabilities. I never liked the school. I didn’t want to join in the game they were playing the kids at the school I didn’t like. That my parents sent me too. So they picked on me. Called me a name that was not nice. They pick on me some of the class. Do horrible things. Just because I didn’t want to join in a game they were playing. So they call me this name and bullie me. I go home and cry. I was scared to go school. I found it hard. I have forgiven the people who did this too me. But way back then. When I was 10 or 11 years old. Now 50. It was not nice. Just like what happened to you. That is why to this day I hate so much anyone calling anyone names. Child or Adult. I will say no matter what or who is at fault. Don’t call them names. It not nice. It can hurt. Yes it does. You never forget about it. No matter what age you are. I had to have prayer to get over it years later and forgive them the kids in my class at the school I didn’t like. So it doesn’t annoy me anymore. But as I say I will never forget what happened. We are all God Children. We are to love and be kind to everyone. No matter what age we are. More so if saved. That why if saved it is especially important we forgive them and pray for them. Like the kids song. Jesus Love ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD RED AND YELLOW BLACK AND WHITE. We are to do the same as that song even as Adults. Patricia still keeping your Daughter plus her family and my Husband Cousin and her family in my prayers that they all see the light. If still believe one day my prayers for you and your family plus my Husband prayers will be answered. In God’s perfect timing. Thank you for again sharing your heart. Praying for you all incourage. Love big big hugs and God bless Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

    • Meant to say sorry for the mistakes. That my Husband Cousin and your Daughter’s will see the light. I believe they will in God’s perfect timing. Oh what a day that will be. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

    • Wonderful Dawn, I’m so sorry to hear that you were bullied as a child. Unkindness is a hurtful thing, and your willingness to forgive is a testimony of the Lord’s strength and grace in your beautiful life. May Jesus continue to heal, bless, and keep you in every area where you need Him. You reflect his loving light in the (in)courage community, and I’m so grateful for your prayers and faithful concern for all here. With my gratitude and His love, Patricia

      • Thank you Patricia for your kind words. They and all you write in Our Daily Bread and incourage. Always bless me. Even though you are the other side of the world. I am glad to have you as my Sister in Christ. In my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  14. No wonder you are so special with a splendid Mum like that — and yes, 4th grade was the start of all the bullying for me too — but I shall be remembering your sweet Mum and her special spirit! To make an enemy a friend is indeed a special gift from God.
    So precious… (I was blessed with a great Mum too).

    • A loving, confident, and helpful mother. What a special gift, indeed, wonderful J. I share your gratitude for my mother, indeed. May you shine her light and the Lord’s in all you do! With His peace and joy! Patricia

  15. Patricia,

    Life is full of trials & tribulations. God is right there with us in the midst of it all. When all we see is darkness & not sure of the outcome–Jesus is there sharing His love & light with us. He will guide us step by step. We must remember “God’s got this” & know that there is a bright future ahead of us.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you so much, wonderful Dawn! Just one moment on a tearful little girl’s front porch–all those decades ago–continues to inspire. May God help us, as mothers, to be as loving and wise. Love you! Patricia

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