It snowed here, again. A lot of my southern friends are annoyed. They are ready for spring. They are ready for new. Personally, I still love the clean freshness that comes with each new snowfall. Not to mention the snow makes the nasty browns and grays more bearable.
The needing of a new season resonates with something deeper, doesn’t it? The new year began 25 days ago and already we’re itching for something new. And well, for some us, it’s a legitimate. It’s been a long winter and spring is desperately needed.
I have good news. Spring is coming! The grays and browns and snows of winter will not last forever. You will not have continuous bbd‘s. More than likely you will not be in the job you do not like forever. You will not always have financial issues and your children will eventually grow up and be out of the house.
The real question is, what are you doing where you are? How are you handling the snow? Are you a complainer? Are you an optimist? Maybe you forget that the world is rotating and years are going by and seasons are just that, seasons.
Truth is–you can handle the snow however you want. But I’d suggest that seeing the beauty in it, and once you see the beauty, remember to thank the Creator for it.
ok, my apologies! I started a new part-time job and my blogging has taken a small backseat while I adjust to the new learning curve. You’re patience is appreciated!
However, I did find it interesting that no one responded to the last post. Maybe you thought the question was retoricle? I can see that. Maybe you thought it was too personal to have on the world-wide web. I can see that too. I thought of that when I was writing the post but then wondered if the anonymity of the site would help people be more open for sharing. Apparently, not too deep of sharing. I completely understand.
I do think it interesting that at my new job, we have devotions. The devos for Thursday were asking if there was an area of your life that you are putting God in a box. It made me think of you. It made me think about the box I inadvertently put him in. It made me realize I’m the one in a box. And it lead me to pray for a mindset that never sees a box.
I have heard Bebo Norman often describe himself as a “clumsy believer”. I love this phrase because more often than not, I can relate. Where there is faith there will always be doubt. My mind knows this, my heart suffers from it.
You see, most days there’s this struggle of knowing that God can,and does, the impossible and knowing that my eyes miss it. And when my eyes miss it my heart sinks a tiny-bit more until I get to the place where I have unintentionally placed parameters on an all-powerful, all-knowing God. This is more simply known as placing God in a box.
Can you relate as well? What are the seemingly impossible things you have trouble believing God will do? Or maybe more specifically, what are the impossible things you have trouble believing God will do for you? And what do you do when you know you’ve reached this place?
If you are single after college there comes the day when you wonder if you will be single for-e-ver! You wonder if any man will ever notice how amazing you are or how great a wife you will make. If you are anything like me, when this happens you may self medicate with some ice cream and a good I’m-going-to-be-single-fooorrrreeeeevvvvveeeeerrrrrr cry.
Truth is, I don’t know if you or I will be single forever. But I know I’m single today. So what am I going to do with it? Tomorrow is never a guarantee but I do get to live today. I do get to choose to build up or tear down those people around, my “nation of people”. I remind myself that seasons change but today I’m single. I remind myself how fulfilling my life is and that my marital status does not define me.
And I get after it. Whatever “it” is for today, I will be faithful in pursuing it.
Psalm 37:3 says to “Trust God and do good.” How are you trusting God and doing good–today?
view from my doorI love how the South stops for snow. As an adult I always wanted snow days when the kiddos were out of school and I’ve found a place where that happens. It’s so grand!
For all of you who grew up with snow three to five months out of the year, stopping when it snows is legit, as the South doesn’t have the right capabilities to get rid of it as quickly as other places.
One of the reasons I love the stopping, is because it reminds me to stop. It reminds me to slow down and actually look out my window. It reminds me that Jesus withdrew to lonely places to pray and that I, too, can make the same choice.
So when it snows, what will you be doing differently? What will you stop? What will you remember?
You have made one, haven’t you? You may not have actually written it down, but it’s still there. Mine was made in the early spring of 1998. It includes a various amounts of character and physical traits that I deemed necessary for my future husband.
My list included, and I quote, “kind, loves Jesus, plays guitar, buff, has a good eye/hair contrast.”
Really?? Buff?? Why did I use that word? A good eye/hair contrast? There’s nothing like getting picky is there?! Typically when you make a list you immediately cross out any man doesn’t met your currently preferred likes or dislikes.
In 2011 my list tends to lean toward the generic. As you gain understanding of who you are and how you were created you may realized that although you think guitar players are attractive, you can not handle their travel schedule. As you grow older you may begin to realize the color of his hair/eye’s really does not matter if his character is thin or non existent.
I know what you are thinking. “My mothers’, cousins’ brother’s housekeeper made a list and then met this guy who fit every itty bitty detail on the list. She got everything on her list, why shouldn’t I make one as well?” Go ahead, make a list. But don’t get so focused on every detail of that list that you dismiss the guy because he only happens to be a ½” taller than you and you were hoping for a 3” difference.
My exhortation to you today is simply this: if you have a list, don’t let it be so binding that you easily dismiss a man that may not meet all of items on it.
As previously mentioned, I write yearly wish lists. I’d like to take a moment and testify to how God answered some 2010 wishes of mine. This was made January 1st, 2010 and included:
*Hope of a calling (Eph 1:17) *A mentor *Discipleship opportunities *A date *Work out consistently *Brother healed *Solid draft/manuscript of book *Memorize Scripture
By January 18th, four of the eight had already been given. I had a mentor, discipleship opportunities, a decisive calling, and been on date. As the year progressed the memorizing scripture began to dwindle, the book I was writing changed, I started working out consistently and I’m still waiting for my brother to be healed. God, in his great mercy, choose to act swiftly on behalf in 2010. I’m beyond grateful for it. He continues to give me wishes, or desires, and I continue to write them down and look back to see what He has done.
“Blessed be the Lord, for He has wondrously shown His steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm “I am cut off from your sight.” But You heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to You for help.” Psalm 31:21-22
What He has done for me, He longs to do for you. Write a list. Trust Him with it. He will accomplish what concerns you. (Psalm 138:8)