It is hard for me to believe that today marks 2 years since I started the #lampandlight hashtag. This started as just a way for me to keep myself accountable to be in Scripture each day, and I thought maybe a few friends might join me. Now, there are over 20,000 posts tagged with #lampandlight on instagram and more are added each day. This has become such an incredible community of women that seek to build each other up, and encourage each other to love the Lord. Being in God’s Word has encouraged me in life’s greatest joys, and brought me through life’s darkest moments, and the community of #lampandlight has been an immense encouragement to me through the past two years.
I wanted to share a few testimonials from women who use the hashtag, and have also been encouraged.
Amanda Anger – @mandynmaddy22
The Christian life isn’t a lone wandering or a solo mission. We’re designed to fellowship with each other; even Jesus chose 12 disciples. But I somehow thought for years that daily Bible reading was an area where I was left on my own. As a result, more often than not, I didn’t read at all.
I’d followed the #lampandlight hashtag for a while through Kristin’s facebook page, but felt like a bit of an outsider, since I wasn’t on IG and wasn’t even faithfully reading! But the #MayScriptureChallengegave me a much-needed nudge, so I joined IG and nervously started sharing what God was teaching me.
Words can’t really describe, but I’ll try:encouraging, community, accountability, fellowship, caring, inspiring, Christ-focused, necessary, supportive, gracious, uplifting.
Bailey Jean Robert – @baileyjeanrobert
For five years I heard Acts 2:42-47 read at least once a week, and in those five years I learned how we were made for community and that community can change lives. The New Testament’s Christ-centered community is being lived out across the world TODAY. In the past year, I have also learned that the Church is not bound to a building or a city or even a country, but the Bride of Christ, His hands and feet, fill the earth. Through online communities like the one cultivated through#lampandlight I have been encouraged in my faith, covered in prayer, and connected with women I know will be life long friends. With Jesus at the center, deep heart ties are formed, and even through a hashtag on Instagram His glory is being made known. I am so thankful for the faithful heart of @kristinschmucker who has followed God willingly into the unknown and through hard times, using her passion, resources, and story to point us back to our Creator and Savior. Thank you, sweet friend, for being you. And thank you for lighting the match that set the #lampandlight community aflame.
Paulene Cruse – @leenmachinecalligraphy
I don’t even remember how my life was like before the May 2014 #lampandlight scripture challenge. I just know that since then my life is so much richer, more purposeful and I have seen God work in all aspects of my life. I have learned so much about Him, about me. If I had not started forming a close relationship with Him back in May during the challenge, I’m not sure where I would be or what I would have turned to as I experienced a miscarriage last year. I’m not sure I would have been strong enough or saw the many, many blessings or seen His perfect timing through it all.
Holly Holt – @hollyjoyholt
Last year I found myself at rock bottom. One extremely sick husband, little local community, no money, and lost hope did not add up to a whole lot of faith that His plans were “to prosper me and not to harm me” (Jeremiah 29:11). I knew the truth, but actually trusting and believing that His Word is true was so hard to do when everything felt like it was falling apart. During one of those dark days, I stumbled across #lampandlight and posted the words above for the first time praying for any support. The #lampandlight community welcomed me in; people I had never met sent words of encouragement and prayers up on our behalf. When I had nothing to give, this community lifted me up out of the darkness, and He brought me back to life. Even now, a whole year later, the community and posts behind #lampandlight encourage me daily to be still and stay in His Word no matter what life’s circumstances are.
I love Instagram! Like, really love it. You can find almost anyone there and you get to quickly peek into their world in a matter of seconds. What I love most though, is the community that I’ve found among women who love Jesus. As a self-admitted introvert I find it so refreshing to see others who are digging into the Word of God and hearing their stories about what God is doing in, through, and for them. Lamp and Light has been that window of me. It’s like a movement that has taken off like wild fire!
Allison – @iekelroaddesigns
I came across Kristin’s hashtag back in November. I quickly became a fan as I loved to see what other people around the word were studying in their bibles. At the end of December my husband and I lost our son at birth and #lampandlight quickly became so much more to me. I scroll through new posts every morning and find God speaking to me. #lampandlight has encouraged me to be in the word daily.
What is #lampandlight, and can I join?
#lampandlight is simply a hashtag to use to seek to be more intentional to spend time in God’s Word. It isn’t a specific Bible study, but just a way to keep yourself accountable and to encourage others. The name comes from Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” I started it because I think we all need to remember that we aren’t in this alone. I would love if you would join our community by tagging your photos with #lampandlight on instagram.