Nashville’s winter was blessed with a pleasant interruption yesterday.  A slice of spring. A warm glimpse of things to come. The city turned into a bustling world of walking smiles, shorts, and sundresses. Windows were down. Volumes were up. Parks became havens for frisbee throwers and energetic children. 75 and sunny. That weather is the weather of my SOUL. No wonder I’ve always had such an obsession with Southern California. Yesterday boosted my mood…encouraged me…reminded me of the joy that surrounds us…even on the gloomy days.

Here’s my point…

Like cold in the middle of winter, darkness surrounds us. It’s undeniable. Just turn on the nightly news. Sin has permeated the media and our culture. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find light in our society.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist…

We just need that one sunny day to remind us that HOPE IS HERE. That good people surround us. That there is reason to be joyful. Sometimes we get caught up in all the darkness and gloom. Sometimes it’s not easy to find the light. But if we seek it out and create light of our own, think about how big of an impact we can have on the hopeless and hurting.

No matter who you are, where you are in life, or what you’re going through…


Let me know how you spread the light by tagging @myredandblue and using the hashtag #hopeishere on Twitter. I seriously want to hear your stories.

Much love,


Ephesians 5:8-14

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: 

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”