Are You Like A Flickering Light That Needs Replaced

The other night, as Joe and I were sitting in the living room, I kept seeing a flash out of the corner of my eye. But when I raised my head, everything looked normal. Joe didn’t seem to notice anything strange, so I returned to work on my computer. However, it wasn’t long before I saw the flash again, and this time, I saw that the culprit was one of our recessed lights…it was flickering.

Joe looked up this time and noticed that the light was flickering. Then, just like before, the light returned to acting normal, as if everything was alright. We both figured that the light would blow at any time and then we would change it out. We have 10-foot ceilings, and changing a bulb can be difficult.

But it’s been a week, and the bulb keeps flickering, but only occasionally. It shines brightly the rest of the time, just like all the others. I looked up this morning to see that the bulb wasn’t flickering, but its light was dimmed and no longer bright. Joe saw it, too, and said he would change it out later today.

I sat there looking at the light and wondered if it represented my struggle with the Lord. Am I like a flickering light? Are you? As a Christian, I am supposed to let my light shine for the Lord, and try as I might, I sometimes find myself “flickering.” Life gets busy and hectic, and I don’t always shine as bright as I would like.

If you looked at me, you might notice that my light is flickering; you might only see my shining light. Or, maybe you’ve been watching and noticed that my light seems to be dimming but that a small amount of light is still shining.

There is good news!!! Lights can be replaced, and the whole room can once again be lighted brightly, and so can we. We don’t need to be completely replaced; we just need to replace some of the issues causing a connection problem. If the bulb doesn’t have a good connection to the power source, it can flicker. If we don’t have a good connection to THE power source, we can flicker.

This thought makes me so happy because I know our Good Father is waiting for us to reconnect and turn back on the power.

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

I’m not a fan of lukewarm coffee, and I will reheat my coffee several times each morning. The Lord doesn’t like lukewarm either, and I’m sure He doesn’t like a flickering light either.

Matthew 5:16

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Put your coffee in the microwave, screw in the bulb and check the connection, and open your Bible to turn back on your power source. Don’t be a flickering light for the Lord!

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Marticia Buckner says:

    Amen loved this story, yes sometimes I am a flickering light myself ,thanks for sharing your life with us 😊 my friend hope you have a wonderful weekend this labor day 😀 😊

  2. The first thing I thought of was a song I learned many years ago on lights:
    This little light of mine, I am going to let it shine, this little light of mine,
    I am going let it shine, let it shine. etc. All the time.
    Sometimes you do have to shine your light, and people will know your projecting
    your love of life and GOD!!
    Keep shining your light, Tania!!

  3. Nice analogy and provoking thought.

  4. Kathy Seibert says:

    This is beautiful. Sometimes we don’t realize we are flickering but others do. We need to be a strong light in this dark world and we cannot do this unless we stay in the Word and pray consistently. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Debra Lacey says:

    Tania – your smile is infectious. I look forward to reading your suggestions everyday!!

  6. Kathleen Marie Elliott says:

    Since recognizing I had an alcohol dependency, I took the steps and the right actions and now my light SHINES in ways I never imagined!


    Kathleen E

  7. ❤️ Oh my! Your words touched my heart.

  8. Marianne M says:

    I needed this! Thanks!

  9. A wonderful reminder! Thank you for Sunday posts that honor God!

  10. Love the message this Sunday and it’s timely too. Look forward to your posts every day

  11. MaryCarol says:

    This was such a great message!!

  12. Love this-thank you Tania!

  13. Holly Porter says:

    Thank you for our Sunday Sermon. Always so insightful & uplifting.
    You are a true blessing my friend 🥰

    1. Thanks, Holly! That means a lot!

    2. What a great analogy! Also a reminder to feed ourselves with God’s Word often so we don’t forget to be that light. We were blessed with a third grandson this past week and I’m reminded that we are to be a light to our grandsons! Thank you.

      1. Congratulations! I’m sure your light will shine bright for all to see.

  14. Love this message-thank you!

  15. what a great reminder, let our light so shine. I have quoted it often.
    I want my light to shine, so today my daughter came home from a few days in the hospital and I am excited to say, I made some mini meals for her for the next few days . I know she will be encouraged that she has some food ready. she can work on feeling better.

    1. Audrey, I’m so glad that your daughter is feeling better. Helping her to stay nourished is so important to her mental well being also.

  16. Thanks for that wonderful message Tania.
    Sometimes my light flickers and opening my Bible is a great power source.

  17. Leah Hagedorn says:

    Love your message about flickering lights! I definitely need to recharge for greater power and visibility. Your messages are inspiring, Tania! Thanks for all you do!

    1. Thank you so much, Leah! Have a blessed week!

  18. I like your Sunday posts best of all!

  19. Cheryll Sampson says:

    A great analogy. I always love your Sunday blog,

  20. Linda Shearer says:

    Your light is always shinning through. Thank You for the analogy!

  21. Landy Laird says:

    I love this and needed it today!!

  22. Jacque Abell says:

    My light has been flickering a little lately. Thanks for your insight. May your light shine this week.

    1. Thank you, Jacque! Have a blessed week!

  23. Thank you for the message! I love your observations about life and how you relate them to our spiritual life. ❤️

  24. Such a great thing to hear, especially today. Thanks, Tania!

  25. Thank you, Tania. Your analogies are very fitting.

  26. A beautiful message. I try to remind myself daily to choose to be positive and be the light for others. I have to keep from dimming!

  27. Ginger Hiller says:

    Thank you for this post, Tania!

  28. Lisa Tharp says:

    Amen!! Such a great reminder that we are God’s sheep and we need Him everyday!

  29. amy mcfarland says:

    what a great analogy. my light has been flickering a little too often lately thank you for the reminder!

    1. Have a blessed week, Amy!

  30. Great message and much needed.

  31. Juanita Sacco says:

    Great message today. Sermon today at my church was, “What they did not say”. Jeremiah 2:1-8
    What is it we don’t say about Jesus.
    Thankful for our blessings vs wanting more (of what we don’t have).

    Thanks, as always

  32. What a great analogy! And something I needed to hear. Love your Sunday thoughts.

  33. I truly enjoy all your posts, but your Sunday posts are extra enjoyable. They are so well written, and always a good reminder to me. You do a great job!

    1. Thank you so much. Have a blessed week!

  34. Thank you for your words of encouragement today. I needed that reminder that we need to strive to do better. Have a blessed day!

    1. Have a blessed week, Lee!

  35. I love this! I can relate! I try to read my Bible and connect with God the first thing every morning so my light will shine. I can tell when I don’t do this my light flickers all day!

  36. Jenniffer Groski says:

    Praise God for the light you shine!!

  37. You did it again. Just the right words at the right time! Thank you.

  38. This was a wonderful reminder that our strength and our light comes from the Lord. When I’m feeling that I am failing, he is there and he is the source of light.
    Thank you Tanya for sharing these thoughts each Sunday. God is using your words.

    1. It is hard not to get down on ourselves, but remembering that the Lord is just waiting for us is a great thought.

  39. Pat Welker says:

    Love todays message! Hit home with me.

  40. What a great message today Tania, Thank you!

  41. This is a great analogy and resonated with me today. Thank you!

  42. Thank you so much for this post! We need to be reminded that we can always reconnect to the greatest power in our lives, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

  43. Great lesson…I think we all flicker! What a good reminder! Thank you for letting your light shine!

  44. Great analogy and reminder, Tania.

    I addressed a flickering light related to forgiveness and letting go yesterday.

    Thank you, your Sunday posts are my favorite.

  45. Mary Scarpa-Holstrom says:

    I loved reading the analogy of the flickering light. It speaks so wonderfully about our walk with the Lord. Thank you for your insight and your willingness to share!
    Mary Holstrom

  46. Marti Ambriole Woznicki says:

    What a great analogy! You are a bright light, keep shining! To God goes the glory!

  47. Brenda Summersgill says:

    What a great analogy!

  48. We’ll be discussing Matthew 5:16 this morning in Sunday School! How awesome that we are on the same page, too! I was glad to see that!

  49. I know my light Flickers probably more then I think. But Praise God I know where the Power source is.
    Thank you for the Sunday post, I always look forward to them.
    Let your Light Shine !

    1. Yes, Julie! Keep shining!

  50. Thank you, Tania for this morning’s post. I always love how you take an every day observation and connect it to lessons in the Bible. Have a beautiful Sunday!

    1. Have a blessed week, Nancy! ❤️

  51. Tania, thanks for your inspirational words this morning!
    I feel like my light is dim-things in my life are challenging at the moment!
    I need to be recharged!!!
    Thank you!

    1. I hope you get to shining bright soon, Terri! Have a blessed week.

  52. Dana Smithmier says:

    What a wonderful message❤️🙏

  53. I can feel this anology in your message this day. I too, am like the light bulb!
    And I, too, reheat my coffee! Thank you for the message on this Sunday morning!
    I enjoy your daily finds and “this or thats”!

    1. Thank you so much, Pam! Have a blessed week.

  54. Marci Hutchison says:

    Thank you for this message!
    I need to do better to Shine for God!

  55. Mary Kinard says:

    This is a great analogy and this devotion is spot on!

  56. Good reminder – very timely… and nice analogy. 🙂 Thanks, Tania.

  57. Susan Kruse says:

    I like these two verses. I like the Matthew verse better. However, the Revelations verse is a bit more powerful. It is telling me to do something, don’t let life just happen. Be involved. Be there. Embrace life. Do not have apathy of life, whatever……….let your light shine for others.

    1. Yes, be engaged in life! Hope you have a great week, Susan!

  58. Much needed reminder 🙂

  59. Pat Reeder says:

    Thank you, we all goes through days where we struggle with issues big and small. I am so thankful to have God to lean on

  60. Candy Gerace says:

    Love the analogy. I have many moments that I flicker and other days, my light is dimmed.
    Thank you for sharing always what I’m you heart and on your mind. I know you touch many lives with your style, natural grace and your love of God. May God continue to guide your path so that you shine for others.

    1. Thank you so much, Candy! Have a blessed week!

  61. Wonderful Sunday inspiration to carry forth on a daily basis. Thank you!!

  62. Debra Lyons says:

    It is a daily struggle to be that light. Our God is merciful and desires our whole being as His. Thank you for your thoughts. He loves you.

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! Have a blessed week.

  63. Not gonna lie. This is right where I am. Good words to think about.

    1. Kathy, I think this is where a lot of us are. The struggle is real.

    2. Tania, I’m there too and my turning g point is when my lyrics sons life was taken so I’m a work in progress God Bless Linda