I've had the darkness creeping in a lot of late. And not just because it's winter and we're in the shortest light season of the year.
I find it takes much work to stay happy for some reason. The pressures of life do willfully tread on my heart.
But the One who knows those same pressures from personal experience reminds me often not to let the cares and anxieties of this world choke out the words of eternal life that spring up in my heart... and I become still and quiet.
Sometimes, I see myself sitting near Him in a quiet, peaceful spot -- He holds my hand and just being with Him comforts and encourages me.
I wish you encouragement about your own lives, dear friends. And grace for every footprint you must make today and this week. Arise, shine, for your Light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
With a gentle kiss atop thy heads,
Photos: (c) Brenda Leyland, 2014