Genesis 2:3, ‘And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Who else had a super restful Sunday? It was a glorious day. Ours was a bit different than normal but still wonderful. It included… um… a great deal of white stuff, commonly called snow. Yep, it’s April 17th, and by God’s grace and provision, we still get snow at this time of year. (Secretly, or not, I love it, and I want to show you why you should love it too, no pressure.)
Yep, that’s me, and it is just so glorious to go on a walk with the pups before going to share in some time of prayer and informal worship with the brothers and sisters in Christ. The regular service was canceled, but I’m grateful we were able to go and spend time together at the building later in the afternoon.
Colossians 3:16, ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.’
My view from laying on the ground… Huskies come alive in the snow. They literally just want to go and go and go… God’s wonder is so amazingly displayed through even the furriest creatures.
So, how do you enjoy snow if you don’t love it?
1. Think of all the moisture it’s providing the earth to produce RANKS upon RANKS of delicious food that you eat everyday.
Psalm 65:10-13, ‘Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.’
2. It provided an opportunity to have a delicious pancake breakfast with my family. We had several hours before church, because we put it off till 3:00 pm. I had time to read a sermon and meditate on this passage from Charles Spurgeon.
We would see Jesus.—John 12:21.
EVERMORE the worldling’s cry is, Who will show us any good?” He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “O that I knew where I might find HIM!” When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would say, “Take it away: I want to find HIM.” It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus, so that they all centre in one object. When he has fifty different desires, his heart resembles a mere of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh, breeding miasma and pestilence; but when all his desires are brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields. Happy is he who hath one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ, though it may not yet have been realized. If Jesus be a soul’s desire, it is a blessed sign of divine work within. Such a man will never be content with mere ordinances. He will say, “I want Christ; I must have Him—mere ordinances are of no use to me; I want Himself; do not offer me these; you offer me the empty pitcher, while I am dying of thirst; give me water, or I die. Jesus is my soul’s desire. I would see Jesus!”
Is this thy condition, my reader, at this moment? Hast thou but one desire, and is that after Christ? Then thou art not far from the kingdom of heaven. Hast thou but one wish in thy heart, and that one wish that thou mayst be washed from all thy sins in Jesus’ blood? Canst thou really say, “I would give all I have to be a Christian; I would give up everything I have and hope for, if I might but feel that I have an interest in Christ”? Then, despite all thy fears, be of good cheer, the Lord loveth thee, and thou shalt come out into daylight soon, and rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ makes men free.’
Maybe I’m going to get a bit deeper on you, but this is what clinched my recovery. It wasn’t me who did it. It was Jesus, precious Jesus, the Lord and Savior of my life, who saved me from the depths of despair. It was seeing just a glimpse, every day, more and more, the deep love of God through Jesus Christ that made me want to recover and to really live life. He came that we might have life NOT death. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and an eating disorder is another one of the Devil’s ways of just trying to distract my eyes from Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. Everyday His love and God’s grace shown through Jesus, my Lord, is so overwhelming, that it keeps me from ever going back to that old ED.
3. Snow gives you a reason to eat ice cream in a warm and cozy house. I don’t know what it is about snow and ice cream, but the two are always an unbeatable combo for this Colorado gal. 🙂 Hint: Barney Butter, (Honey and Flax) tastes AMAZING on ice cream.
4. Snow gives you a reason to stop walking (because you are so tired of trudging through 2 feet of it), dump yourself in the snow, and just gaze in awe and wonder at the God who has made heaven, earth, and YOU, His fearful and wonderful creation.
Psalm 139:13-17, ‘For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!’
5. Last but not least it’s a good way to do your lifting workout and not touch any iron. You also get fresh air.
Proverbs 31:17, ‘She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.’
Are you convinced? If not, you’re going to have to tell me in the comments why not… 😉
Of course there were also some noteworthy foodie eats that were had over the weekend. It’s not that I live to eat, but I eat to live, and it’s amazing to see just how God provides for everyone of our needs, even though I don’t deserve it.
Philippians 4:19-20, ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’
Noteworthy Eat #1: Popcorn. We watched this movie called, ‘The Raft’ based on a book by Robert Trumbull. WOW, this story is incredible. It was an amazing testimony to God’s preserving hand of providence in the lives of these 3 men. Truly God is with us.
Noteworthy Eat #2: Thank the Lord for SquareBars! I think I have found my favorite protein bar, so far… I added these to ‘My Favorite Protein Bar’ review last week if you want to check out my thoughts on various popular protein bars. It’s not a ‘nutritional expert’ review, just a personal opinion review. 🙂
Noteworthy Baked Good of the Week: I am seriously so blessed and thankful to be a part of the Bloggers Gonna Blog Community. Whenever I need a recipe of ANY kind, these girls have it. Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine, along with a bunch of other girls, shared a ‘bevy’ of gluten free bread recipes with me last week when I was in a pinch. I hope to share them in a recipe round-up, very soon! This is her ‘Apple Pie Quick Bread’ in muffin form. I was able to bake it up in about 25 minutes. I am praising the Lord for how He has used these girls as a blessing.
I’m teaming up with Heather to celebrate that it’s a Marvelous Monday and with Meghan to share some of my ‘week(ish)/weekened’ accomplishments which included shoveling a good deal of snow with my hardworking family. 🙂
Ok, be honest, do you love snow? Why or why not? (I won’t judge you for not loving it.)
Have you tried Squarebars?
What do you do on Sundays? How is it your rest day?