This has been our experience here this winter. Unusually COLD with unseasonable rain. The sun infrequently appeared.
Here in our state of Queensland we are accustomed to winter chill but usually the sun rises early and our days are brilliantly sunny and warm.
Some claim this is All due to climate change, Older folks remember a pattern of winter rains followed closely by no rain or very little in summer or autumn..
God is still in control of the weather but in my youth folks prayed to God for HIS Grace and Peace in the midst of it all.
How do we stay warm and youthful on the INSIDE. (spiritually speaking).? There are a lot of remedies involving the creature comforts like a stiff drink! Or even a gentler action on the liver of a hot chocolate, coffee, or cup of tea.
But most times it is vital to be WARMED UP SPIRITUALLY.
My remedy has been a gentle focus on the WORD.
I wrote down a short list detailing words that reminded me of the LORD. LIGHT, LAMP, WAY. BREAD, LIFE, were a starting point.
Finding in the WORD of GOD references to these led me on a rich journey that not only activated my mind but warmed me up. The WORD indeed is a Handbook to enrich our life in all circumstances,
That’s why it is not just a book but a LIVING Word that can pierce our hearts. Ephs 6:17 reminds us it is the SWORD of the Spirit ever reminding us of WHO our Lord is.
I warmed up and SUNSHINE now is in my heart.
A campfire is cheerful summer. Winter, autumn and spring.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
Oh, Faye, I definitely feel old, and so do my poor aching bones. Of course, here in the states, we’re experiencing record-breaking heat.
Great ideas for sunshine in your soul.
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