Benefits of Winter – Psalm 74:17

Benefits of Winter Psalm 74:17

The dark days of winter are here. The beauty of the fall leaves is over and the barren trees are all that is left behind. I keep seeing the coverage of the snow storms on the news and my heart goes out to everyone who is struggling through another winter storm. Although we haven’t had the extreme weather here in Arkansas that others are experiencing, I know how difficult it can be. I remember some of the hard ice storms we’ve endured in the past. A few years ago, my mom was fighting cancer and we had to get her to St. Louis for a very important treatment. But the problem we, were in the middle of one of the worst ice storms in recent history. My dad, brother and I spent most of the day shoveling snow, putting towels and kitty litter under the tires trying desperately to get the car uncovered and unstuck so we could leave before the next wave of snow came down. It was exhausting!

It’s during these times that it’s easy to forget the reason why God made winter. When we’re shoveling snow and driving to work on sheets of ice, or battling a cold or the flu the benefit of this season can get lost in the struggle just to get through it.

You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.
                                          Psalm 74:17

In the beginning, God established the borders and limits of nature for our benefit. He made a beautiful creation for us to live on when He made the earth. And it is not a coincidence that He created the seasons. Each season has a purpose in maintaining our environment. And winter is an important part of God’s plan to preserve the earth for our use.

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater.
                                    Isaiah 55:10

Just as our bodies need rest, so does the earth. God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us and all of nature this time to rest and prepare for the coming spring. The falling snow replenishes our water supply and keeps the trees alive during this dormant time. The frost protects the soil and keeps the seeds preserved for the springtime planting.

Some of the animals are hibernating, while others have migrated to warmer climates. In truth, I’m hibernating a little bit this year too. I’m still recovering from an injury and falling on the slippery ice is not my idea of a good time. So, I’ll use this cold snap to curl up with a good book, rest my body and renew my mind as I look forward to the coming spring.

​This is my hope and prayer for all of us this Winter…

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
                                                                          Romans 12:2

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 New Year, New You -2 Corinthians 5:17

New Year, New You 2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s a new year and for most of us that means making new resolutions. We make plans to accomplish all of the things we have thought about and dreamed about all year long.

Now that the Thanksgiving pie and Christmas cookies are gone, most of us will resolve to lose weight. We spend lots of money on gym memberships or workout DVDs in the hope of shedding those extra pounds.

We spend most of the year caught up in the grind at work and now we want to improve our relationships with the people in our lives. So we resolve to carve out time for those we love.

Maybe some of us will take up a new hobby or plan next summer’s vacation.

But no matter what your resolutions are, they have something in common. We all want to do something new with our lives. We want to feel the excitement of the road less traveled and to have a renewed hope for a better future. These resolutions represent a transformation we want to take place in our lives.

But if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then an amazing transformation has already taken place.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 5:17

Because we are in Christ, He has made us new. He has cleansed us of our past transgressions, changed us from within and transformed us into the very likeness of Himself.

He has given us the ability to let go of the past and move forward into that better future we have hoped for. We no longer have to think about all of the wrong things we have done. And we no longer have to compare our lives to the people around us. We are a new creation, a spiritual creation. Now we can see the world through spiritual eyes.

Where will that take us this year? I hope that it will bring us closer to God and that we will consider what He wants our future to look like. As you are making your resolutions this year and striving to maintain them, I encourage you to think about the things you can do to improve your spiritual life as well as those that will improve your personal life. So, I leave you with this verse that we all know so well and the one I will be thinking about this New Year.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
                                                                                                     Jeremiah 29:11

Happy New Year and God bless!

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The Excitement of the Season -Luke 2:14

The Excitement of the Season Luke 2:14

It’s Christmastime, and the excitement of the season is here! The lights are up, the cookies are baking and the smell of pine trees is in the air. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year!
Like everyone, I’m excited to see family and friends and take a little break from the ordinary day to day.

But there is a greater reason to be excited this season…

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                    Luke 2:13-14

You can almost see and hear the excitement ringing out as the angels proclaimed these words! But what were they so excited about?

The birth of Jesus! God’s promise fulfilled to give us the Messiah and Chosen One. The angels knew that one day this tiny baby would die on a cross to save us from our sin. So they were praising and glorifying God for His amazing gift to mankind.

The day that each of us understands that Jesus died for us personally and accept Him as our Savior is cause for a huge celebration! And the Bible says that the angels are celebrating the victory of Jesus every time someone is saved.

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                                                                                                               Luke 15:10

Also, the angels knew that with the gift of Jesus we have peace on earth from the Prince of Peace Himself. Jesus alone is our source of peace here on earth and the One we can turn to when life seems anything but peaceful.

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.

                                                                                                                                 Isaiah 9:6-7

And lastly, the angels knew that God’s goodwill would be received by those of us who believe in His Son. They understood that Jesus is the gateway to the Father and because of His coming to earth the Way to eternal life is now opened. It is only because of Jesus that we are able to receive the goodwill of God and spend eternity with Him in heaven.

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                                                                                                                 John 14:6

So, while you’re wrapping those presents, I encourage you to reflect with me on the angel’s joy and excitement over our greatest gift, Jesus. May the excitement of the season fill your heart this Christmas and always!

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