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Thirty-one Days Walking Through the Dark :: Defining the Dark



Darkness (noun) a place of little or no light.

It sneaks in and robs us blind. It binds our steps. It threatens to swallow us whole. It robes itself in depression, illness, broken relationships, financial distress, anxiety, death…


It can shatter our faith. Make us question the fact that we ever believed. That God truly is with us. And loves us. And is for us. Its goal… to drag us to desperation. To the place called midnight.


Midnight (noun) period of intense darkness.


Our deepest darkest hour. We teeter here. Walking the line. Faith faltering. Grasping. White knuckled. We question where is God? Has He left me? The darkness engulfing. Wanting us to believe we are alone.

But God is calling. You can hear His whisper, “Right here. I am right here.”



When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2




Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

10 thoughts on “Thirty-one Days Walking Through the Dark :: Defining the Dark

  1. Pingback: Thirty-one Days Walking Through Dark « Beyond Borders

  2. Beautiful message! ❤

    Darkness truly does rob us. It robs us of Jesus.

    Love it!

  3. I have been here. darkness, midnight. and He never left me. Praying God will be glorified through your testimony on these 31 days.

  4. Oh how we know He is right there!! So grateful. Looking forward to following this series with you, Shelly!

  5. I am with you. My Dad passed away in January, so not a year yet…but my Mother passed away just 4 short months before he did…just passed a year with her…..we are devastated …I am lost without them. But I have Jesus and without HIm I would have no hope of waking up to a new beginning. I am tired of hanging on but have not found the joy to go on….I will be following your journey. My His light lead your path on this journey. Dianntha

    • Oh Diantha, to lose both parents in such a short time. Yes, we have Jesus and we have hope. And sometimes they seem far and hard to see, but He is always, always there. It is a journey, and can be long everyone’s journey unique. But hold on tight and He will carry you through. Give yourself time to grieve, to mourn and with that the hurt will lessen and the joy will come. Words always seem flat when I read them, but trust me I know where you are. And I will be praying for you, I am glad you are coming along for the journey.

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