It has been raining or drizzling for about three days now at the Beale Bungalow. Snow is forecasted for tonight and we may get about 1 inch of snow by morning. It will be nice to see some of the white stuff on the ground. Everything is so gray now and I believe snow would improve the view from my windows.
This morning I went to a coffee house with my best girl friends for about 1 and 1/2 hours this morning. It was nice to see them so early and still be able to go do some shopping and then finish homeschooling lessons with my son. It turned out to be a nice day, even with the gray sky.
So, what have I done to love my family and make their day sweeter. Well, beds made, house straightened, more laundry done and schooling lessons complete. I also have a cast iron dutch oven filled with homemade beef vegetable stew simmering on the back burner of my stove. I am getting ready to open one of my mason jars filled with summer peaches to make a peach crisp for dessert tonight. I think my guys will definitely feel loved from my efforts through the Holy Spirit today. Though the house is darken because of the lack of sunshine...I am hoping and praying that the aromas of my kitchen and the candles burning will brighten their day. Sigh...
The talk of snow, which is a rarity here in Virginia, has me thinking of the verse that says, "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become
like wool." Isa. 1:18.
Salvation is something that I believe I have taken for granted. I mean--I am saved--I have fire insurance--let me live as I want. There is a question that a dear friend will sometime ask, "How is it working for ya?" Well, this nominal Christianity isn't really working for me. Oh, I know that I will never be a little Billy Grahamette, but I can make a difference where God has placed me.
Now, where has God placed me? The Beale Bungalow. This is my greatest sphere of influence, and I fail daily, but God is good and His mercy is new every morning. I feel as though I have a new calling and it is my old calling...I just have a new heart attitude about my old calling. It sure seems better and working out my salvation has a sweeter taste about it.
Salvation, Jesus making my sins white as snow, should permeate every area of my life. What I do, what I watch, what I speak, how I speak, what I wear, where I go, what I listen too...etc. When it snows everything gets covered. It may melt due to some heat, but snow falls on everything. Jesus' atoning work in living the perfect life, dying on the cross and then rising from the dead falls on everyone! Some people may melt the atoning work of Jesus right off themselves because the heat of this world means more to them...then others will gladly receive the atoning work of Jesus and be renewed...Fresh, white, non-trodded receiving this freshness every moment of the day. Thank you, Jesus for your obedience to the Father.