Lights on

“You are the light of the world.” I ran across this verse this week and when I first read it out of context from the Matthew 5 paragraph, I initially thought it was talking about Jesus being the light of the world. Yes, “He is our light,” I thought. Jesus, in all His beauty, easily radiates light; He lives up to this statement well. But after these brief mental meanderings and divinity declarations, I realized this verse was Christ-followers, believers…the Church (with a capital “C”).

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That’s quite an announcement, quite a proclamation! Jesus says, immediately following the sermon on the mount, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16).

I winced as my spirit churned inside me. “Are we?” I thought. “Are we really being the light?” So many opinions, so much self-promotion, so much anger, so much hatred, so much self-righteousness….so many ways we aren’t light. So many ways, personally, I’m not light. In that sacred moment of honest evaluation and divine conviction, I realized there is still hope.

God knows our failures as a “C”hurch, “c”hurch, and individual. He knows these failures very well even while we are still coming to self-awareness that, ah, yes, maybe we really aren’t all that good after all. But just like He told Peter that he would be the rock on which the church would be built, knowing that Peter would deny Him three times, so Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world, knowing that our darkness will sometimes hamper the brightness.

This is our challenge, our goal. This is what we must strive for. Wake up, sleeper. Wake up, Church. Within us, is the same power that rose Christ from the dead. The Spirit of the living God resides in our hearts, in our lives. Oh, how we must shed our selfish shells and let the light shine. This world needs it! This nation needs it! It all comes back to Jesus– the source of all light, the source of all hope.

Remember the children’s song, “This little light of mine”? Don’t hide the Jesus in you from a world who needs it. Don’t put make-up and layers over the spirit of the living God dwelling within you. Live out your light. Shine in your home. Love in your workplace. Beam at the grocery store, in the traffic jams, in the heated conversations and hopeless frustrations…Be the light. Reflect the radiance of the Perfect One “who calls things that are not as though they are.” (Romans 4:17).

Happy New Year!

Today is the day to reflect, to dream, to pause. It is the day to recount God’s blessings and lay down our pride; to mark out our plans for the future yet savor our memories of the past. In the waking moments of 2021, the future is unknown, crisp and fresh. It may be full of sorrow, it may be full of joy but the promise remains the same:

“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

That’s our God…Emmanual….the God who is with us. Always. To the very end.

May you feel the presence of God with you! May you invite Him in to each of your days. May you adventure with Emmanuel for He is with you! Happy New Year! Happy New Start! Happy New Day of hope, blessing, mercy, grace and divine presence. May you feel His love envelop you as you start your year afresh!

You hem me in behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 139:5-10

Christmas in Exile

“Receive the gift for what it is, not what you think it should be.”  This phrase has settled over my heart over the past month with the anticipation of the holidays.  2020 has been a year full of gifts in unusual packaging.  As we enter a Christmas season full of quarantine quandaries and distancing dilemmas many of us feel exiled, away from the ones we love and the traditions we treasure.  Some may even feel as though they are in a wilderness, navigating uncharted territory alone and by themselves, similar to the lonely road that Mary and Joseph took over two thousand years ago. 

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. ” Luke 2:1-7.

Let’s be honest; if you were Joseph or Mary, would not this whole census thing appear to be the worst possible timing?  As if this whole complicated mess of a virgin conception and betrothal to a man she was still learning about wasn’t already confusing enough, now the timing of birth was becoming quite precarious.  Mary was very pregnant and had to make a long, challenging commute to a foreign land when there were no hospitals, quick clinics or even roadside assistant services along the way.   How alone they both must have felt?!  How daunting the journey had to be?!  So much could go wrong and there were no earthly comforts to help ease the situation, not even the familiar setting of “home”.  Yet, this was God’s plan.  But even more than that, this was His gift of hope, packaged in the most unusual, unpredictable, unspectacular way.

God was accomplishing something bigger than birth, bigger than exile, bigger than wilderness weariness.  He was fulfilling His promises foretold hundreds of years earlier* and building the faith of Joseph and Mary as they relied fully on Him.  In their wilderness journey God was becoming a way-maker, providing for them a place to rest, a quiet space for a sacred moment when the Son of God would enter the world—humbly, peacefully, privately.  In that hallowed place and blessed space, God was sharing His greatest gift in the most exiled and backwards of ways. 

I don’t know what this year has been like for you.  Perhaps it was full of loss or upside down blessings.  Maybe it was full of confusion, loneliness, or pain.  Although your gifts have come in packages you did not desire, did not request and did not want, press into God.  “Sometimes God does His most wondrous works in the darkest of night” (RAW, pg. 24).  He can make a dirty stable even fit for a King.  God is on the move.  He does care.  As you navigate your unknown territory, may you find the resilience of Mary, the resolve of Joseph and the hope of Jesus to help you embrace the gift hidden in the rumble. 

*But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,

    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me

    one who is to be ruler in Israel,

whose coming forth is from of old,

    from ancient days.  Micah 5:2

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Holy blog-ness….Sorry for all the blogs tonight!

Some of you may have gotten multiple blogs from me tonight that are meant to come out next year. Please disregard (or read twice when these two blogs post again throughout January or February). Sorry for the spamming blog posts tonight. Moral of the story…I need to get better with technology 🙂

On a bright note…my hope and goal is to have more regular blog posts come 2021. Hope you will continue to follow. If there are topics you would like to delve into, please email me at contact@rebecca-greenfield.com or comment on this post. Thanks everyone!

Happy Dusternuffle Day!!

Today is the day that a little thing that started 17 years ago is now fully alive… Dusternuffle is published and released into the world!! This has been a special day! Thanks for those who have preordered already!

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If you would like a free coloring pack for your little one, order today! If you decide to order from another online retailer and would like a coloring pack, please leave a note in the comments so we can get it to you!

Taking orders also at http://www.Rebecca-Greenfield.com and http://www.Rebecca-Greenfield.com

Thanks everyone and God bless 🙂

Meet the Author & Illustrator…a Facebook Premiere

Dusternuffle’s “Meet the Author and Illustrator” will premiere Thursday night, November 12th, at 7:00pm on Facebook’s Rebecca Greenfield Author Page. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/greenfieldmills/

Also, I just want to thank all of those who have been so encouraging, kind, and supportive. IT has been wonderful having you rally around us in excitment for Dusternuffle! Thanks so much!!

One last note…Only 6 more days to preorder and get the discounted book price! Taking preorders at http://www.Rebecca-Greenfield.com and http://www.CassandraZook.com

DUSTERNUFFLE pre-orders now available!

I am beyond excited to announce the title and video trailer of my new book called….

DUSTERNUFFLE

Check out the book video trailer 🙂

My first children’s book!!! Check out this amazing book trailer to find out about these dusty creatures living underneath the floorboards in the village of Dusternuffle AND get a sneak peak at the cover from the best illustrator Cassandra Zook Illustration (I love her work so much)!! NOW taking PRE-ORDERS at http://www.rebecca-greenfield.com for the release date of November 15th, just in time for Christmas! Perfect for you and your little one!!

Share laughs and enjoy the mysterious, marvelous, magical fun of Dusternuffle!

Below the carpet, beneath where people walk

Is a village of dust with creatures that talk

A village of wonder, of faith and good cheer

A crowd full of creatures that no one can hear

But once in a while a threat from above

Makes all the Dustanians rally in love

To save their quaint village from danger and fright

The spiders, the dirt and the dust must unite

Together in faith they’ll hustle and bustle

To rescue their town, the town of Dusternuffle

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This is worth it…

A long time ago there was a whisper that grew into a passion that evolved into a dream that shaped into a reality. When we advertise for women’s retreats, it is far from a “whim”. It is a call on our hearts from God. We have been planning the Re-Zestify Women’s Retreat and slots are filling, but there is still room for a few more. Only 10 days to register and slots fill at a first come first serve basis.

Women, you will not regret this! Men, treat your wives to a much needed weekend away. Brothers, help a sister out! Sister, make space for you and God! Now is the time to answer the call. We have been asking God to call His women, who He wants to come and just ask yourself…is it you? Is it someone you know? Is it your sister? Your mother? Your wife?

Wondering if you should come?? Here is what people said about the last retreat:

“I got so much more from this retreat than I ever could have imagined! I was in a high for days after leaving the retreat.”

“Life changing”

“Good food, Amazing fellowship, Soul searching, Great bible study’s, Fun games and wonderful crafts.”

“Beyond amazing”

“God-honoring, convicting, life-changing worth every moment”

“Amazing. Moving. Great. Wonderful. Spiritual. Healing.”

“God honoring. It was raw like your book. It was vital for us to be totally open and real.”

This is God, people!! He can do AMAZING things with the simplest “yes”! Say yes today and register yourself, your friend, your spouse…today before the slots are filled: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/re-zestify-womens-retreat…God is amazing in what He can do!

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Re-Zestify Women’s Retreat

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We are so excited to announce that the Re-Zestify Women’s Retreat is OPEN for registration!!  The retreat will be held at beautiful Heartland Country Resort in Fredericktown, OH, October 9-11th.  Since this retreat is designed to be personal and intimate, we only have 12 spots available (first come, first serve).  Sign-up today to reserve your spot.  All details described in the application:
We trust that God will move in powerful ways this weekend!  Join us for a time of deep fellowship, rest, pampering, equine experiences, and rich time with God. We are covering you and this event in prayer, believing that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20.
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New Mercies

Today is a day of new beginnings and restored joy.  Today offers fresh breath, clearing air and hopeful resolution.  Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow carries no guarantee, but right here, right now, life is at hand.   “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. IMG-3337‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’” Lamentations 3:22-24.  Not all days are full of joy, peace, or security, but God remains our portion through it all.  New mercies, He will bring, each morning.  In the middle of one of the saddest books in the Bible, Lamentations, is the promise of new life, stirring hope, and the faithfulness of a God who will provide.   It is of no consequence that these verses are placed in the middle of lamenting despair.  It is God’s way of showing us, that in the moments of today are the mercies of the moment.  Today may drain your spirit dry, but may God be the portion of mercy that satisfies your thirsty soul. Great is His faithfulness; bright hope for the morning.