The days are getting colder and the threat of snow is in the air. As I have said before, I am not a fan of the cold. If I could have a cordless electric blanket to wrap around me everywhere I went, I would be one happy girl. Take a look at a blog that I wrote at the first of this year and you can see why being cold is a beautiful thing. http://randomordeep.blogspot.com/2011/02/cold-and-beautiful.html
Too many times we lock ourselves up in our homes to try and shield ourselves from the cold. Don’t forget that God made this season as well and remember He made everything perfect!
When the cold sets in we start to feel the warmth of the holiday season. The love of friends and family can be found as we gather for sharing and remembering Christmas past. We as adults cling to memories and traditions we grew up with, as if trying to hold on to a bit of our childhood. We try to make new and lasting memories for our children, so they can pass them along to theirs. Yes, this season is by far, my favorite time of year. The cold doesn’t seem to be as bitter during this time.
However, this season does pass and all the decorations get packed up. Friends and family go home and life returns to normal. We remember all the things that were put off doing and we cringe at the thought of shoveling snow. The days are grey and we feel the sun has forgotten how to shine. When it does and we see the rays beaming down through the clouds, we find a smile fall across our face. We look up to allow it to warm our faces and hope that it will penetrate into our inner core. We find ourselves hoping that the warmth will last. When it doesn’t, we slip back into our funk and rush through the cold to find warmth of any kind.
It is easy for us to allow the grey of winter to darken our mood and steal our joy. I find that it is times like these that I have to work even harder to rejoice throughout my day. Everything around me is begging me to focus on the grey in life and take my eyes off of the things in my life I have to be thankful for.
One of my favorite scriptures for this season is…
“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” ~ Matthew 1:21 (NLT)
This scripture gives me something to be thankful for year round. Not just during the Christmas season. His name was to be Jesus, why, to save US from our sins! How AWESOME is that? He saves us daily not just once a year. How wonderful to know that He is there for me whenever I call to Him. He is there day or night, in the middle of a crowd, when it is as loud as can be or in the stillness of quiet. ANYTIME ANYWHERE!
So this is my challenge to you… this winter as Christmas comes to a close, remember why our Lord and Savior came. When the day seems grey, and you can’t find your sun beam to look up to, look up to God and thank Him for His Son. Thank Jesus for laying down His life for YOU! Remember Christmas every day in your heart and practice the joy it brings. Be blessed this holiday season my friends and may you find a sweet peace and rest!