Wednesday, January 17, 2018

White As Snow

"Come now, let's settle this," says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.
Isaiah 1:18

We awoke to nearly seven inches of snow this morning! Everything is wearing a glistening white blanket. A snowy mantle covers the limbs of the trees, and their branches are adorned with cotton-like snowballs, transforming the drab and dreary winter landscape into a bright, glittering world.

School, church, and social events were cancelled. Facebook friends are sharing pictures from their back yards and comments are flying back and forth. Everyone seems to be talking about the snow.

In Isaiah 1:18, God talks about snow. He promises to take our depraved souls and make them as pure as new-fallen snow. How? God will forgive us for the wrongs we have done because Jesus took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross. His sacrifice not only paid the price for our forgiveness, it cleanses our sin-stained souls to snow white.


The beautiful, pure-white snow has covered our area so that I can no longer see the dead flowers, brown grass, and leafless branches. Likewise, when trust in Jesus as the One who saved us from our sin, His forgiveness covers us. God no longer sees our failures and flaws. Instead He sees a beautiful heart, purified and ready to serve.

“If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9

Be encouraged!
Pam

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joy of Creating

Beading, beading, and more beading! As a way for me to fill winter’s hours, Dick bought me a bracelet beading kit for Christmas one year. Over the next month and a half, I made over 50 bracelets.

What I found most addicting about this hobby was the creative development. I loved gazing over my box of beads and cords and allowing ideas for patterns, color combinations, and braiding styles to percolate in my mind. The process brought a happy smile to my face. I experience even greater joy when I see someone wearing one of my bracelets!

Crafting bracelets has given me a tiny glimpse of the wonder and joy God must feel as He creates us. He shapes and forms us before we are born. (Psalm 139:13) He instills the traits, quirks and aptitudes that make me, me and you, you. Every person is unique—no two people look exactly alike, no two people share the exact same personality, no two people possess the exact same gifts, talents, and abilities.

Revelations 4:11 tells us “God has created all things, and for His pleasure they are and were created.” Ephesians 2:10 says, we are God’s masterpiece; He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

God made you; God made me. We were created for His pleasure. The best way for us to bring God the most pleasure is to seek to do the good He planned for us to do.

Be encouraged!
Pam

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

On the Precipice


It looked like such fun as I seated myself on the sled at the top of the snowy hill. Fun quickly turned to fear as I careened down the steep grade, hanging on “for dear life” to the grips on the sides of the saucer. With nothing but a thin layer of plastic between me and the packed snow, my body jarred with every bump and hump along the slippery slope. I tried to control my descent by leaning first one direction and then the other, but only managed to make the ride more terrifying. As I approached the bottom, screaming at the top of my voice, the ground leveled off and the saucer gradually slowed. I rolled off, gasping my gratitude to be alive, panting with adrenaline and exertion.

Sometimes life can feel like that sled ride. As we stand at the precipice of a new year, many of us are thinking about the future. What will these 365 days hold? Some of us lean forward with anticipation; others hold back with dread.

We try our best to keep control of all the different aspects of our lives—finances, relationships, health—but some days we feel as out of control as I did that wintry afternoon, hurtling down the steep hill on a flimsy saucer.

But we don’t have to feel that way. Proverbs 16:9 says we make our plans but God directs our lives. When we submit to God, and truly believe that He is in control, we have the freedom to let go of our fears, anxieties, dread, and desperate need to be in charge. Someone Else is leading the way. Someone Else is responsible. And that powerful and loving Someone has a plan—a plan for peace and not disaster, plans to give us a future filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29: 11)

As we enter 2018, I pray that we can fully trust in God’s perfect plan for us. I pray that the Holy Spirit would enable us to sit back and enjoy the ride. And at the end, may we roll off with a loud “Whew! Thank you, Jesus!” as laughter bubbles up and spills out for all the world to see how great is our God!

Blessings!
Pam


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