Archive | January 2014

Please Pray for Mom

There will be no Sundays with Cindy today.  My mother is in the hospital and I need to spend time with her.  We would appreciate prayers for her.  Hopefully she will be going home soon.  Please come back next week for Sundays with Cindy!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It’s snowing, blowing and freezing outside today!  This is the Big One, folks, here in NW Indiana!  It’s been snowing off and on throughout the week—three or four inches one day, six or seven another until finally we had about fifteen or sixteen inches accumulation on the ground.  The weather forecasters, however, have been warning that in our area we will get another ten to twelve inches today and maybe even more over the next couple days.  It looks like a Winter Wonderland out there right now with the trees and everything else covered in fresh, white snow.  Oh yes—so pretty if you don’t have to shovel it or drive in it!

That is not the worst of it, though.  The double whammy is the plunge in the temperature we will experience as an arctic blast from the North Pole descends on us.  They are saying in the next twenty-four hours we will have a high of thirteen below zero and a low of eighteen degrees below—and that is without the wind chill!  Br-r-r-r!  I do not want to go outside!  Thank you, Lord for my nice warm house and the power we still have to keep it warm!  I pray for those who are suffering in the cold for whatever reason.

Oh, twelve inches of snow doesn’t seem like so much when we have had far worse white-out blizzards that have left two or almost three feet of snow at once.  Bob went out at 6:30 this morning, though, to shovel the two-foot drifts in our driveway so that he could get out to church.  During the time he had come in to get ready to go, another couple inches came down and the drifts were building up again.  The temperature is dropping at least a degree per hour.  I can hear the wind whipping around out there as I write.  Church has already been cancelled for tonight.  It will be too dangerous for folks to try to brave this arctic storm.  What makes this storm so bad is the one-two punch of snow and sub-zero temperatures.

When we have days like this, I want to be with my loved ones, knowing that everyone in the family is safely home and sheltered from the storm.  I want to snuggle up in a nice, soft fleece blanket in my warm cozy house.  I want to fix a big pot of hot, hearty homemade soup or some other comfort food, sip on a mug of coffee or hot chocolate and thank God for His provision and protection.

The Bible tells us that all weather is from the Lord.  (Job 37, Psalm 148))  He sends the snow, the rain, hail and ice, and the stormy winds.  Likewise, our Father allows the spiritual storms into our lives.  Without those tribulations and times of trial we would never know the comfort that only He can bring.

He is a shelter against the storm.  “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”  (Isaiah 25:4)

He brings us home to safety, our path through the storm. “Thou compassest my path… Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it… Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me”.  (Psalm 139:1-10)

He gives warmth and comfort and holds us close when we are besieged.  He is that warm, comfy, cozy blanket.  “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust…” (Psalm 91:4)

He nourishes and nurtures us. He is our comfort food.   “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits… Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2, 5)

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  (I Thessalonians 5:18) When He tells us to be thankful for all things (even the terrible storms that come from time to time) it is because He has sent those difficult times into our lives for good reason—not the least being so that we can truly feel the deep love and comfort and compassion He has for us. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  (II Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Snuggle down into His love and protection and watchcare over you!  And then when someone else you know is going through the storms of life, share His warmth and love with them.  Ahh—bring it on!  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!