Got A Light?

Please welcome our guest writer for “Tuesdays With Tracy” today, Carol Abersold.  Carol is the best selling author of “The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.” She is currently traveling throughout America signing books and bringing smiles to children everywhere.  Please check out her wonderful website at: My daughter, Alyssa goes onto her website daily to make cookies for Santa.  I know you will be blessed by Carol’s devotional today.  Does anyone have a light?

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give praise to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Although I had tried to faithfully serve the Lord for more than fifty years, my light, for all intents and purposes, was out.  I found myself in the blackest of pits mentally, physically and spiritually. I had been physically suffering with three herniated discs in my neck, my husband’s business was failing, and my in-laws let me know how much they disliked me after thirty-four years of pretense. I found myself curled up in a ball weeping and crying out to God for help, healing and deliverance.  All hope seemed gone. Why was I, a Sunday school teacher, amateur Bible scholar, a word believing, walking, talking Christian suffering from hopelessness?!! My usually strong husband was suffering from his own worries ( I was one of them), and I “turned to God” but He seemed to be on vacation.  What was the deal!

My oldest daughter came over to pray for me.  She took action and made an appointment for me to get professional Christian counseling, and she encouraged me to start writing.  My Eeyore-like reply was, “I have nothing to say.” Determined child (adult) that she is, she looked up on a shelf in my kitchen where my little pixie elf from childhood still remained even though the holidays were past.  “Why don’t we write a book about the elf tradition?” she said.  My reply was, “Oh, Chanda, nobody would want to read that……Okay.”

And so we began writing what turned out to be The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. While we were in the process of writing the story, I received the professional help I needed from Tracy Hurst.  These two women, Chanda and Tracy, let the Lord use them to shine His light upon me. He graciously healed me from my pain,  the source of our financial drain was revealed to us, and most importantly… I got my light back. The point is this: a Christian woman’s light never completely goes out, but it can grow extremely dim.  Perhaps, you, like I, need someone  to shine their light on you until you can get your “batteries recharged.” Don’t be afraid, just receive it.  In turn, when darkness seems present in another’s life do not hesitate to shine your God-given light.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, let me be equally as willing to be set alight, as to shed light. Let the Holy Spirit remind me not to lose heart, because I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Let me not be ashamed to seek proper help when my light seems to dim, and let me be a beacon shedding Your light on everyone I meet today. Amen.

4 Comment(s)

  1. Carol,

    Thank you so much for this, it is and incredible story. Tracy has shared some of this with me, and every time I see “Elf On the Shelf” (WHICH IS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!) I think of you, and say a blessing over you and “Elf On The Shelf” … And I do not even play Santa Clause with my kids! 🙂

    What a story, it is so true that the trial and the problems we face in life may very well be the catapult to our next victory story!

    Thanks again!

    angel Cope | Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for your words of encouragment. I have felt like my light is diming. I’ve been asking God, “Am I following my will or your will?” Thanks for reminding me to trust in God that even when things are hard. He will bring something good out of the situation.

    Angelina | Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. my nephew loves his elf Fretzel. 🙂 That was the first i heard of the elf on the shelf tradition. Thank you both for sharing this story of God’s comfort and ability to lift us out of the dark places. Bless you!

    Christy | Dec 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. I am happy that you shared your story with us, because I know at times we women of God do go through but I am encouraged that you have such a loving daughter who encouraged you in the Lord to press on. And, also an awesome friend like Tracy as well. God does love us so much that HE will not only us to be sad for too long because HE knows how to bring those who truly love HIM and us and to bring them near to encourage, inspire us closer to HIM again.
    Thank you again for sharing.

    Stephanie derolus

    stephanie derolus | Dec 14, 2008 | Reply

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