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Choose to Shine

If thou indeed derive thy light from heaven, then to the measure of that heaven-born light, SHINE! …in thy place, and be content.
– William Wordsworth

We were all meant to shine.

But…what does that MEAN?! To shine…to illuminate. To lighten, or brighten. To add light, shine, glow.

Join us each Wednesday as a guest shares with us their own ideas of living a life illuminated!



March 12: Laura Lee Groves “An Illuminated Life”

March 19: Cara Meredith: “When Holy Happens In The Cereal Aisle” 

March 26: Lisa Bogart: “How Shiny Are You?”

April 2:  Christi McGuire: “Cracks, Crevices and Imperfections”

April 9: Patty Scott: “Because Some Things Bear Repeating”

April 16: Zohary Ross: “When You Only Have a Few Embers”

April 23: Cheri Gregory: “The Little Light of Mine”

April 30: Angie Tolpin: “The Beauty in Brokenness”

May 7: Jodi Harris: “Bringing Out the God Colors”

May 28: Pat Brockman:“Two Kinds of Bright”


I’m going to spend 31 days trying to figure it out. Will you join me?

Day 1: 31 Days to Shine

Day 2: Off Kilter

Day 3: Wordless Wednesday

Day 4: The Poetry of God

Day 5: Saying Nothing At All

Day 6: What’s My Name?

Day 7: A New Name: “Enough”

Day 8: Silencing the Inner “You Stink”

Day 9: Shining in the Shadows (Part I)

Day 10: Shining in the Shadows (Part II)

Day 11: Bad Things Happen to Good Girls

Day 12: A Foggy Day 

Day 13: “The Mom Confession”

Day 14: The Antidote For Bitterness

Day 15: The Best Medicine

Day 16: Finding Meaning in the Mundane

Day 17: A Gloriously Shiny Day

Day 18: Giving yourself grace (In other words, I didn’t post anything today!)

Day 19: Shine YOUR Way

Day 20: Not Lucky. Not Fortunate. Just Blessed.

Day 21: Me Too! Me Too! On Being Vulnerable

Day 22: You Are My Sunshine

Day 23: Shining vs. Broadcasting

Day 24: Fake It Till You Make It

Day 25: On Parenting

Day 26: She rested and went to a very shiny carnival with her kids!

Day 27: “Small Gifts, Big Kindness”

Day 28: To Shine, Not Shame

Day 29: 10 Ways to Feel the Shine

Day 30:

Day 31:

Other Shiny Posts:

My Store: Why I Write

Shine Your Way

Shining is Contagious

What Is The True Meaning of Grace?

Worth Repeating: What Are We Really Afraid Of?


21 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2013 9:13 pm

    “Shine” has been my word for 2013 so I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us with your series! For me, part of shining this year was to start a blog a few months ago. I’m nervously stepping out with this 31 day series. It could be a very long month! I love your button!

    • September 30, 2013 9:48 pm

      Such a great word isn’t it? Thank you so much for stopping by! I’ll be sure to head upur direction, too!

  2. October 15, 2013 5:49 am

    What a great concept. I wish I found you site earlier. We all need a little light in our lives.


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