Let your little light shine: uncover the art you were made to live

I'm amazed at what a made up mind can do, in a little over a month.  Right before I decided to do Nester's writing challenge, I decided to get serious with my designs, in particular, my graphic designs.

I'm the kind of person whose always thinking and reflecting.  I knew I had some deep thinking to do for a while now, so a couple of nights, I sat back, sipping my Cinnamon Spice tea, talking with God and reflecting. 

Days before I had been struck deeply by Emily's blog post: 31 days of Living Art.  The first thing that came to my mind as I began reading her posts was, "This little light of mine.  I'm gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine.  I'm gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,  let it shine, let in shine let it shine..."  Over and over again for days this song filled my heart.

Guess what I realized?

I wasn't letting my little light shine in my sphere.  I had uncovered the art I was made to live, but I was scared other's wouldn't approve, so I hid it under a bushel.

I took this picture with my phone.  There's a lot of reflection but I wanted 
you to get an idea of what the art print looks like in a frame. I printed this 
on heavy paper.

download free printable to put in your own frame{without watermark}

That night, I left my meeting with God and myself realizing I had let fear determine my plight. Fear had begun taking over an important part of my life.  Astonished, I finally acknowledged that I needed approval from other's to feel good about my choices.  I was scared that showing who I really was in this new realm of my life may bring criticism.   What if people say I'm no good at what I do?  I have no talent?  Could I handle that?

I thought I couldn't handle it. I thought.

Fear can be hard to recognize, in particular, when you're in denial. One way to spot it is if you're a person who is always giving reasons for why you can't do something that you're fairly good in or at, or if you are constantly putting things off for a better time which is constantly being pushed farther and father away. I highly recommend you examine yourself closely and get to the root of why you're really waiting.

I partly knew about my fear, but I never blatantly admitted any of what I just said to you.
God didn't allow me to see the entire scope until reading Emily's blog post and taking on Nester's writing challenge.  You can't see it here, but for the most part I have written everyday, I just didn't hit the publish button on a lot of my post.

This is the deal, Emily, Nester and Emily over at JDC are women who have moved me in a way that I thought was insurmountable. Y'all I was stuck and I had been stuck for a very long time.

Why have these women been able to move me?  They have figured out what their little light is and they are letting it shine in their sphere of the world.

Your light may not shine in a way where the whole world is impacted, but it can make a difference one life at a time.  The thing is, if you don't let your little light shine and you hide it, it will never be able to reach and illuminate that life which God has predestined it to touch.

In the book of Ester, Mordecai tells her, "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place."  He was telling her to let her light shine.  Do what God has enable and given you the ability to do. Beth Moore says that there is a purpose God has given us the talents that He's given us and is allowing us to live in this generation with those talents.

God wants you and me to let our little light shine with what talents we have now, in this generation.

Don't hide your light under a bushel, let it shine.

xo, Angela blog subscription  | twitter | facebook


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