It was three thirty in the morning, and I turned the light on to shine until daylight came. Maybe you are thinking that I was afraid of the dark, I wasn’t.

Rats like to scurry around in the darkness

I had been woken by some noisy rodents who like to play in the dark.

I switched on the lamp so that they would think that the day’s light had come early. Once the light flooded the room they took off to play in the dark somewhere else.


Let the Light Shine and dispel the darkness with Helen Brown at HeartWings Blog


The world we live in is full of the darkness of sin. We try to convince people to do the right thing by using so many tactics. We make laws, give rewards or penalties or educate to the rights or wrongs of a particular behavior.

And nothing works!

The world doesn’t seem to get any better or brighter. In fact, the darkness increases.

So, how do we repeal that darkness?

The difference between day and night Romans 13:12

The truth of the matter is that we cannot do anything. The only way that darkness can be repelled is through the light of God. His light is the only thing that will show people the sin in their lives.

Children of the Light 1 Thessalonians 5:5It’s His light and love that will show people that the only cure is to come to the cross for forgiveness. His light will also give people the strength to turn their lives around, making our world a better place.

All we can do is be the lamp, allow God’s power to flow through us and let His light shine as brightly through us as we can. When we do this, His power will push back the darkness in our own corner. Then people will see His light in us.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

The more lamps there are and the more they connect to each other, the greater and brighter the light will shine.

Are you a shining light? And are you connected with others to help shine more brightly?

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Born in Mount Isa, Queensland, in northern Australia, the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, Helen Brown lived an almost nomadic life until she was fifteen years of age. However, she discovered books as a preteen and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little Women”. Just like the heroines in these stories, she wanted to write. A learning disability, which was not corrected until she was in her thirties, meant that schooling was a real struggle. It also meant that her dream seemed to be a distant mirage. The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town, taught her a lot about life and the grace of God. During this time, she also completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs, in order to ensure that the farm was viable. Today, she continues to write, with several books to her name now, while still living at the farm on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

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