Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Kings 11, Philippians 2, Ezekiel 41, and Psalm 92-93

By Sarah Carter

Philippians 2
Sarah writes:

This piece was created after spending time reflecting on Philippians 2. Verses 14-16 especially caught my heart—
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16, ESV)
—the idea that when we are practicing true humility, we actually shine bright as stars. Often, what we chase after when we refuse to put the needs of others first is usually the spotlight. We want to be noticed, to be the best, to be praised and seen above all. But this Scripture is telling us that we have it backwards. That in fact, when we can put others needs before ours, trusting that God already sees us and that we don’t need to be the loudest or most beautiful or special to earn his attention, that only then will we truly shine. This image, to me, is about the truly colorful, startling beauty of humility that can’t be contained, it is dancing all around her face, even while she has dirt and is imperfect which is my clue that she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and serve because she is more interested in the real kind of beauty, which comes from a place of humility.

Today’s Question: In what way(s) is God your exceeding joy today? (Respond in the comments.)

SarahC_200Sarah Carter currently lives outside Chicago with her husband Steve, who serves as Director of Evangelism at Willow Creek Community Church, and their five year old son Emerson and new baby daughter Mercy. They also eagerly await their newest family member whom they’re adopting internationally from Ghana, West Africa. An artist at heart, Sarah uses creativity in partnership with nonprofits both locally and across the globe to raise awareness and support as an advocate for the liberation and betterment of those in need. She also teaches creativity workshops as well as participating in gallery shows. Sarah’s work has been shown in galleries in Grand Rapids, MI; Hurley Headquarters, FIND Art Gallery, and RockHarbor Studio Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA; Art Walk, Carpe Diem, Mercantile Market, PÄS Gallery, Tranquil Tea Lounge, and Artology Gallery in Fullerton, CA. Learn more about her at

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  1. Many thanks for reshaping my perception right in this write-up.

    I strongly believe there is still so much to achieve
    nonetheless with commitment, problems will become solved.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to create and share through my art here, I hope it inspires! XO

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