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THE LESSER LIGHTS

Walking in Truth, Embracing Light

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Follower of Jesus, law student, veteran teacher, mother, wife, daughter, advocate, survivor--I am each of these. I am a Lesser Light. Matthew 5:16. Visit thelesserlights.com to learn how you, too, can be a Lesser Light.

Eye of the Storm: 13 Songs for Strength & Carthartic Release

Whatever brings you to God's calm in the storm, here are 13 songs that have brought us that cathartic release during difficult life moments.

Power, Love, & Sound Mind

How does something like the Catholic abuse cover up occur? How do societies ever allow evil acts to become "norms"? Two reasons: fear and power. More precisely, a weak mind is fearful of worldly powers, superficial hierarchies, social authorities. It is fearful of upsetting the status quo, even when that status quo is unholy. But God doesn't give the spirit of fear. He gives the spirit of power and sound minds...

Unfettered Daughter of Zion

To #ChurchToo Daughters of Zion, arise, shake off the dust, cast off chains. You are free. Redeemed. When you're ready to fight, know God has made you from iron. As Micah says, "Arise and thresh." God was never on the side of evil.

A Little Leukemia: Lessons in Betrayal, Trust, & Sanctifying Grace

Trust is precious and fragile. Every human relationship requires some degree of gifted trust. All social contracts are built on trust. When we trust others, we lower ourselves. We expose our throats believing the other party would never cut us at the jugular. We depend on them, and they on us. We expect mutual loyalty, mutual love, mutual fellowship, mutual support...

The Cost of Christian Obedience

"Jesus Christ does not need your protection; he needs your obedience. Obedience means that you pursue justice and you stand up for the oppressed and you stand up for the victimized, and you tell the truth about the evil of sexual assault and the evil of covering it up . . . [I]f we’re not speaking out when it costs, then [the gospel] doesn’t matter to us enough."

#WonderWoman

Here are some positive affirmations for your day. Work hard. Rest. Rewind. Repeat. <3 #wonderwoman

25 Ways to Reduce the Bystander Effect & Help Victims of Violence

Pluralistic ignorance causes the bystander effect, and it creates bystander apathy. Click to watch the video explaining this phenomenon and to read 25 ways to reduce the bystander effect and help victims of sexual violence . . .

‘Silence Breakers,’ Season for Change, & #ChurchToo

Sexual violence survivors from within the church join in a harmonizing chorus, reminding us abuse is in the #ChurchToo . Read their experiences here...

Fool Me Twice, Part 1 (Derailing Democracy)

Echo chambers, "fake news," & "alternative facts" are defaming, and defrauding in epic numbers, ultimately derailing democracy--and, Americans, we are to blame. (Part 1 of a two-part article. Read Part 2 here.) Y'all, seriously. Sigh . . . Are you... Continue Reading →

My Name & Fault Lines (reclaiming what was mine, discarding the blame that wasn’t)

They laid out nametags. Said, “Pick one”: Vengeance. Greed. Liar...none fit...

Art & Poetry: Ink Blot Cages

Black bleeds into white--ink blot distortions, diffused in shades of gray. So, right looks wrong, and wrong seems okay. The willingly blind pretend to look away. Click to read more . . .

Jailbreak: No More Fear

On Fear How much control does fear have over your life? In the below post WordPress readers share their wisdom on fear. Readers share their insight and wisdom on handling failure and rejection when making art. via Overcoming Fear: Readers Respond... Continue Reading →

Pearl of Great Price: Insuring Your Self-Worth

Saltwater pearls are considered rare and precious gems. They grow in mollusk shells along beds formed from extinct, eroded volcanos. One single pearl grows for years, facing threatening predators, crabs, and parasites. The few that survive emerge as beautiful smooth, translucent round layers reflecting light ... you are a pearl. A pearl of great price.

“‘Only’ Touching”: A Woman’s Worth in a Culture of Acceptance

$1 per grope--that's how much a woman is worth. Too often, victims are questioned, humiliated, and further exposed only for their perpetrators to get off for less money than a cup of coffee ... it is unacceptable for sexual battery to cost less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks ... less than a fine for littering ... less than the penalty for spraying graffiti on the side of a building. Sentences like Judge Nauhaus' communicate females are worth less ... less than the dirt and grass beside our roadways ... less than chattel.

God Doesn’t Widen Home Plate, Why Would We: 17″ Standard

"'If we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …'"

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