What happens when we quit believing the truth about ourselves, our current meaningful impact, or our future endeavors and hopes? Or, when we forget what God says and our biblical value and position in Christ?

Our flame only flickers.

Our voice is hushed.

Our hope diminished.

Our precious time and impact on the world, minmized.

Our connection to God and others becomes neglected.

We become but a flicker.

Truth comes in many ways. Reminders counter the daily lies we hear or believe which have caused our devaluation.

Truth sets things in order.

Truth feeds our flicker, igniting it into a flame.

Our flames leap to others, sparking, igniting, lighting, warming, fueling, and spreading.

When one’s flame dies down, the energy of others causes our flames to grow.

As much as I love to fan others into flame, I also need truth and encouragement given by others. We all do!

My friend Jessica Kalashnikov melded her photography with prophetic artistry in the photographic art piece above. Often we may hear or read words to embolden us, but when I saw her work it was a spark to set my sparkle off! A reclamation took place as I was reminded who I am, not who I’m not!

It gave me vision, authority, motivation, and fortitude to continue moving forward trusting God with my ample inadequacies and into uncharted waters for myself and other vision-beholders.

May the reader’s flicker turn to flames. Selah!

Annette Trucke

Thank you, Jessica!

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Bold as a Lion

I was just about ready to turn my car off and I reached over to the volume on the radio and turned it up to see if it was on—don’t ask, I don’t know why, I just did it. And in that moment I heard the beginning and ending of a familiar scripture, “The righteous are bold as lions.” It’s from the latter half of Proverbs 28:1. I turned off the car and went up the driveway with a bit more boldness. I have been mindful of this scripture all day, sharing it with one friend, letting God’s Word embolden me.

Many of you have things that you need to have boldness, or rather confidence, God-confidence to accomplish.

Are lions afraid? I can’t picture them being so.  I am not a big cat expert—nor domestic cats for that matter, but I think they are gutsy creatures. Aren’t they?

I hope this speaks to you like it has me, presently and in the past—heads up, smiles on, we can do this thing—whatever it is requiring some courage and confidence. I know I have a list of things that will benefit by taking the character of the “boldness of a lion.” Of course I don’t need all the characteristics of a lion, but bold confidence to face life and all of its challenges, ya, I need that. 

Lion Panthera_leo_stretching_(Etosha,_2012)Photo Credit: 


Panthera leo stretching (Etosha, 2012) CC BY-SA 3.0

Yathin S Krishnappa