Melting into Spring

Jackson and I were talking on the phone the other day on my way home from work. The snow has been melting considerably this week because of an unseasonably warm spell, and Jackson happened to be looking out the back patio as we were talking. Suddenly he exclaimed, “Mommy, mommy! The snow is melting into Spring!”

As of today, the only snow left is the large “parking lot piles” and what’s been kept in the shade. It’s amazing with all the freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, green grass survives and renews our hope for spring with it’s appearance this week.

Maybe you’ve been going through a frozen time in your life as of late. Maybe you’ve felt numb to the things of God and the flames of your faith have grown cold. The weight of all the pressures and burdens of your life have continued to accumulate around you and you’re now snowed in, alone and desperate, though you wouldn’t admit it to anyone.

Winter doesn’t last forever. And if you are so buried that you want to retort that in some places on the planet it is winter year round, then you need to move.

Spring is coming!! In the midst of the snow storm you may not see it, but it is still true. 

If you need dug out of your spiritual snow pit or your heart popped in the microwave to defrost, why not give your shovel and life to God? Pray one (or all) of these guaranteed “Yes!” prayers to break into new life and the warmth and security of God’s great love and purpose for you.

–  forgive me.
–  renew the joy of my salvation.
–  give me a hunger and thirst to know You.
–  open my eyes to opportunities around me to be your hands and feet.
–  give me the strength to do what you have asked.
–  let me see people as you see them.
–  take my burdens and help me to take up your cross.
–  use me.

Though these seem like simple prayers, coming from a genuine, contrite heart, expect your winter to begin melting into Spring.

Why I come home for lunch everyday

Almost everyday around noon, I hop into my vehicle and drive home.

This is really not a practical decision. I could just bring my lunch to work and save the gas money.  Then, I could have a full “hour” to take a break.

Instead I opt to quickly drive home, enter the craziness of family life, scarf down lunch and jet back to work once again! 

Yet, I find myself more refreshed, connected and ready to tackle the afternoon by going home than the more logical choice of staying at work.

Why?

Going home reminds me why I leave in the morning in the first place. Giving kisses to my husband, son and daughter gives me an opportunity to show love to the three biggest blessings of my life. Getting to see their smiles and shouts of welcome and “I love yous” when I leave gives me the energy I need to work hard the rest of the afternoon. And, spending time with God in the car there and back gives me time to reflect, get right if need be and talk to the One who orchestrated it all.

This is similar to why I get up earlier than I “need” to every morning. I could sleep longer, but my need to spend time with Jesus and in His Word is greater.

Less sleep and more miles on my car is worth it. Every day!