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Sundown Devotional: Light for Life's Journey

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together on the back porch, as the sun sets on the workweek. Away from the stressful workplace and hustle and bustle in the streets, we relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on life's journey. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

Little boy reads instructions. (Photo by Aaron Burden)

Little boy reads instructions. (Photo by Aaron Burden)

The Devotional

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105

Theologian R. Tuck’s commentary describes the scene which inspires the Psalmist’s confession: “The streets of the towns are narrow, unlighted, ill-kept, and specially dark at night . . . The causeway often has dangerous holes, and soft muddy places, and great loose stones; and if a man is to pick his way safely, he must not only have a lantern, but hold it right down to his feet, so that its light may guide his next footstep.”

Tuck's explanation is revealing. God’s instructions are not just for our heads to increase our knowledge, to boost our posture of enlightenment, to give us more theories to discuss. God’s light is a practical guide for our actions. It shows us where, and where not, to walk. It prevents us from stumbling over obstacles and sliding down precipices. It helps us be consistent about walking our talk.

This is a call for us to practice shining God’s light on our feet: that is, ensuring that every next step is in accordance with His Word. We may be presently journeying through a storm, through rugged terrain, through enemy territory. The forks in the road may be confusing. We may be wondering whether to walk around or to wade through the messy swamp. No matter the situation, God enables us to stay on the right path, if we ask for His light. “Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me.” (Psalm 43:3)

King David who is credited with the authorship of our study verse also testifies in Psalm 56:13, “So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.” Our testimony can be the same, if we practice walking through life’s journey with the light of God’s Word next to our feet, influencing every step we take, and preparing us to become the light to others. (Matthew 5: 14-16)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your light of love, wisdom and truth guiding us through life’s journey. Please help us follow till it leads us safely home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture verses are from the New Living Translation

Somethings ... must be experienced.

Somethings ... must be experienced.

Ten Encouraging Quotes for Life’s Journey

  1. “Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced. You never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.” ―Roy T. Bennett
  2. “A difficult journey is spiritual rewarding. There is a more dependence on God, His supernatural power, grace and divine favour along the travel.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  3. “Light reveals us to ourselves, which is not always so great if you find yourself in a big disgusting mess ... But like sunflowers we turn toward light. Light warms, and in most cases it draws us to itself." ―Anne Lamott
  4. “Blessed are those with cracks in their broken heart because that is how the light gets in.” ―Shannon L. Alder
  5. “It's funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” ―Steve Maraboli
  6. “The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.” ―Kemi Sogunle
  7. “May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality... First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love.” ―Thomas S. Monson
  8. “God is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time.” ―J.I. Packer
  9. “The longer you journey with your eyes on heaven, the more you begin to see. ―Joni Eareckson Tada
  10. “None of us can know where our journeys with God will take us even tomorrow - let alone a decade from now - so it's a good idea to spend a few moments each day to connect with God and ask, 'Well, where do you want to take me today?' " ―Jimmy Carter
Good idea to connect with God and ask. (Photo by Aaron Burden)

Good idea to connect with God and ask. (Photo by Aaron Burden)

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© 2020 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 05, 2020:

I'm working on a publication but I'm having some challenges. there are so many things I don't know.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on February 05, 2020:

Dora, have you published a book?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 04, 2020:

Tamara, thanks for your feedback. Joni Eareckson Tada is an inspiration for me, too.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on February 04, 2020:

BTW, I love Joni Eareckson Tada‘s books!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on February 04, 2020:

I love you words, and also these magnificent quotes! I am going to reread the quotes, again, to allow them to “set in”. ❤️

BTW, I love Joni Eareckson Tada. I’ve read several of her books.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 31, 2020:

Denise, thanks for sharing. "It is during life's trials, that we need the light to illuminate the path ahead and keep us in the right way." There's no better way to say this.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 30, 2020:

For the past two days, I have been driving down the road in the fog, literally, taking care of a family emergency. Your words are very poignant to me at this moment, as I have needed light in order to see my way, whether in the daylight or the darkness. It is during life's trials, that we need the light to illuminate the path ahead and keep us in the right way. I appreciate your words of wisdom.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 28, 2020:

Well said, Flourish. Thanks for your valuable input.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 28, 2020:

Great personal hardship whether it’s illness or some other setback strips away the fluff and teaches us who we are and what we value. Loved the quotes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2020:

Thanks, Nithya, for the encouraging news that your are inspired and reassured. Let's continue to follow the light.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 27, 2020:

A great source of inspiration and reassurance. It is great to be reminded that God is guiding us in this journey of life, Thank you for sharing this "Sundown Devotional: Light for Life's Journey".

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 26, 2020:

Bill, it's great to have peace no matter what. Thanks for weighing in.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 26, 2020:

Hi, Dora. I liked Tuck's description and the application. The sun isn't going down as I read this, but it still brings peace. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 25, 2020:

Liz, I also need this help. Apart from studying these truths for myself, I am also encouraged by comments like yours.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 25, 2020:

Whonu, good to hear from you. Happy that you like the devotional.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 25, 2020:

Eunice, we do need that guidance and only God knows the way. Thanks for your contribution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 25, 2020:

Thanks, Tim. Yes, Christianity deals with the theory as well as the practice of Christian principles. We can all do with reminders of applying them to our actions.

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on January 25, 2020:

Your devotional brightened my morning. I will rely on God's lamp to illuminate my day. Thanks.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 24, 2020:

These lovely devotionals are worth keeping and I have kept your complete collection to refer to often. I always seem to find just what I need to help me through life's challenges. Thank you, dear Dora.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 24, 2020:

In our increasingly busy schedules and days, these words and your thoughts are more relevant than ever. Thanks for helping us step back and get a better perspective on our crowded calendars and lives.

whonunuwho from United States on January 24, 2020:

Thanks for sharing this MsDora. Blessings to all. whonu

Eunice O'Garro on January 24, 2020:

The song writer penned , Send the light the Blessed Gospel light, let it shine for evermore.

God's light is of utmost important to all of us to guide us in our Spiritual walk with him.

Thanks Teacher Dora

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 24, 2020:

Wonderful, Ms. Dora. I truly loved this devotion. So many fall short of the practical side of God's guidance. Admiration.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Linda, thanks for your valuable contribution. The Scriptures are capable of offering more than one message, to meet more than one need. The more we read, the more we learn.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Nell, that's exactly what I had in mind: to relax and read the devotional. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Eric, if your skull is thin, that means it has a solid foundation so you'll retain the messages in the devotionals for a long time. Thanks for reading.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. I'm pleased that you like the devotionals. I appreciate your encouragement.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 24, 2020:

I love the imagery in this. In thinking over Scripture there is perhaps a deeper meaning as well of "your word is a lamp to my feet." I'm thinking of John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Here, Word (with a capital W) is Jesus, our Savior. Follow in His steps.

Thank you for a beautiful ending to the week.

Nell Rose from England on January 24, 2020:

Beautiful words and devotional as always Dora. I have been rushing around all day, so it was lovely to sit down and relax to read these words.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 24, 2020:

Dora I comment here so I follow this devotional. It will take a few readings and reading the comments to get it to sink in to my thick skulled head.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 24, 2020:

Hi Dora you always put together great Quotes and the Sundown Devotionals have been worthy to follow and full of the best contributions to a reader, as I.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Bill, thanks for sharing your shift from darkness to light. Such beautiful diction! Great story-telling even in a comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Thanks, Ann. Happy New Year to you as well. I love Bible Study and I'm glad that you appreciate what I share. You encourage me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Chitranganda, I'm glad that you can also relate. We can encourage each other.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Manatita, you're safe. No one's challenging your mastery. Thanks for your valuable contributions including Sri Chinmoy's insightful quote.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2020:

Thanks, Pam. I like that quote too. There's no getting away from walking our own journey. No one can do it for us, and no one can learn life's lessons for us.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 24, 2020:

There was a time in my life when I couldn't see the light even with the help of a seeing eye dog. Today the darkness is gone and the light is almost blinding.Thank you so much for my morning inspiration.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 24, 2020:

As always, lots of wisdom from you Dora. I admire your knowledge of the scriptures and your interpretation (and others') gives light in itself.

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year!

Ann

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 24, 2020:

Beautiful quotes and words of wisdom in your article. I liked all the quotes but the first one is so true and relatable, according to my experience.

Many thanks for sharing this excellent article. We all need such guidance, each day.

Thank you.

manatita44 from london on January 24, 2020:

A touch of poetry in this extremely sublime piece. I will now start looking over my shoulders … or are you ahead?

"... the divine Light is not going to expose them. On the contrary, Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life." -Sri Chinmoy. (Taken from a lofty talk on Light)

You seem to like Carter's quote: It emphasises, like the Seers Pere Jean De Cassaude and Brother Francis, the importance of the Sacrament of The Present Moment; living in the Eternal Now.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 24, 2020:

I believe that first quote by Roy T. Bennett is right on target. We learn so much with out victories and i think even more with our failres. This is another lovely sundown devotional time. Psalm 119 is one I love also.