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Need Some Encouragement?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'll be attending the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW Conference) this week in St. Louis. If you are going I might see you there. If you're not going this year for whatever reason don't forget that you can order the conference CD's and MP3 and have the conference with you all year long.

If you've been struggling lately you might want to read Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On by Stormie Omartian.

If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life, or you know someone who is, this is a great book to use while you work your way through painful situations. I don’t say that casually. I’m employed as a full-time counselor for nursing students and have a master’s degree in social work, and I believe this book is a valuable tool for anyone.

Stormie O’Martian discusses how we learn to walk with our heavenly father. This hasn’t always been easy for me because I didn’t grow up having a father in the house, so it was hard to learn to trust God when my earthly father had abandoned me. Perhaps some of you have faced the same experience. Once in awhile I still need a reminder that God is there, and providing just enough light so I don’t get overwhelmed.

I love the image of just enough light because it helps me focus on what I can do today and encourages me not to look too far ahead. It reminds me of the scripture: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:33-34.

The Prayer Light in each chapter is a prayer related to the chapter. For instance, on page 36 following the chapter on, Refusing to be Afraid of the Dark, the prayer begins with “Lord thank you that because I walk with you I don’t have to fear the dark.”

Footlights provide a list of several scriptures that shine light on the chapter subject, i.e., Isaiah 50:10.

Stormie offers a study guide at the end of each chapter which is very helpful for further study and insight.

The Bottom Line: If you’re walking in a dark place, a little light will help you find your way.
Have a great week!


  1. Can't wait to see you, Jillian! And yes, needed some encouragement today!

  2. Hey Anne!
    I'm headed to St. Louis today so I can relax and have some fun tomorrow. Call me when you get in and settled. I don't want to miss you in the business and the crowd. Just Breathe.

  3. This sounds like a perfect book for me at this time, Jillian. I'm trying hard to appreciate the blessings and look for the light in today, and let tomorrow worry about itself. In our world of plan, plan, plan ahead, this can be a tricky line to walk!

    God bless you and have a wonderful time at ACFW.

  4. Hi Gwen,
    I tried to post to you on the 20th but kept getting kicked off the internet here in ST. Louis. I know what you mean about planning ahead. What is it they say about best laid plans, etc.? :) Hope you get a chance to read this book. I think you'd like it.