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It’s that time of year again.

It’s that time of year when the change of season ushers in overcast mornings and follows me throughout my day.

It’s that time of year when darkness shows up in dreary skies and creeps through my windows staining my walls forever gray.

It’s that time of year when my spirit sees no color and I begin to believe the lie that the only way to live is to surrender to a numbing state of melancholy.

It’s that time of year where I battle to break free from the intoxicating lure of gloomy mornings and moody afternoons.

Days will go by before I remember my God-given chief strategy in the battle of darkness—

The light switch.

And when I finally remember, I move with determination from room to room to find each power source and flip the switches to “ON” all day long.

I don’t need the light, Mom.

First Boy’s words come as soon as light floods the room. He knows the power and waste of electricity. He knows the many lessons his father and I have taught him about the cost of living.

And I want to tell him…

But Son, we do need the light because the cost of living without it is too great.

The Light must stay on.

The darkness may be quiet, but it is a powerful force.

In the dreary darkness we forget we are awake. We grow tired easily. And we sleep a sleep that comes with a strange depth, but without any rest.

Son, we—you and I—need the Light.

We need the awesome brightness to chase away defeating thoughts and anxious hearts.

We need the victorious radiance to shock the shadows of fear from wrecking havoc in our sleep.

We need the authoritative rays to defeat the lies that whisper we are not enough.

We do need the Light because the cost of living without it is too great.

The Light must stay on.


On the journey with you,

Sometimes a simple change in the weather or the holidays approaching will unconsciously lead us into experiencing the blues. For those who struggle with depression, or even the loss of a loved one this can set us up for spending many of our days in the dark. If that is you–know that as I send out this post, I’m praying for you.

What is your tangible strategy in battling the blues? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Here or somewhere…be real. Share your journey.

Reflective Scripture
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV

Relevant Worship
We are by Kari Jobe (click on song title to direct you to YouTube)


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