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This morning began another dreary, cold weather day. Despite
the long period of similar weather, my spirits have been sunny. This morning,
though, I began to feel discouraged. It wasn’t the weather that threatened to
spoil my day, but a darkness inside of me. Doubts and fear crept into my mind
like thick clouds. I sat on my love seat, where I usually go to meet with God,
and asked Him for encouragement. I opened my favorite devotional that has
become daily medicine for what ails me, Streams in the Desert. After completing
today’s reading on treating doubt and discouragement as the enemy—something to
be avoided as much as sin itself—I found my spirits soaring. I was praising God
for giving me just what I needed to take on the day with the right attitude. At
that moment, the thick dark clouds behind me parted and I was enveloped in the
bright warmth of the sun shining through my window. I was astonished as I
realized that the light had come right as I was giving thanks and it only
illuminated the place where I was sitting.

As I gazed toward that bright light, I noticed that except
for that one opening, the sky remained shrouded in darkness. After a few
minutes, the light was obscured by the cold, gray clouds once again. But the
light kept shining in me. I have been smiling all day. Though we are living in
dark times, the light of His hope still remains.

One of my favorite songs is Natalie Grant’s Keep on Shining.
The chorus is:

Keep on shining
Let Love light up the darkest sky
And you'll be flying
Rise above all the hardest times
So hold on (Hold On)
Be strong (Be Strong)
Come on (Come on, come on)
Keep on shining.

Keep on shining, girl. If it’s dark where you are, may 2
Corinthians 4:6 brighten your day:

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made
his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Christ.”

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