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Remedy for a Cold, Winter Day

BA-23429-2The holidays melt into memories now. Gray winter sets in, bleak. Hearts harden in freezing, slip-sliding days, and December’s benevolent attitude bends selfish.

Yes, it’s January.

Skies are gray, tempers flare on icy, snow-covered roads, and attitudes aren’t always good. But God sees, and He understands. We’re human, after all, and we humans are prone to grumbling—especially at winter’s sting.

This past week has been brutal through much of the country with wind chills dipping to the single digits and below. We’re cold. But, as Christians, we need to watch that our hearts don’t turn cold toward God and others. We need to remember that He is in the dead of winter.

Author, Shirley Ann Grau puts it this way:

“. . .winter is a kind of evangelist,

more subtle than Billy Graham, of course,

but of the same stuff.”

Winter, especially January, is the best time to search for God in unlikely places.

Try this. Use your senses this week to search for Him.

Tree Enduring Cold WinterGo outside. Listen to the shapes the sounds make. Can you hear God?

Smell the brisk, clean air. Does it make you think of a world without sin?

Look at the trees standing tall and bare. Do you see how patiently they wait for God to renew them?

Feel the warmth of your thick winter coat, your hat, scarf, boots and gloves. Are you grateful for God’s provisions?

Now, go inside. Brew a cup of something hot. Spice it with love. Stir it with care. Savor it someplace quiet,

and have a nice, long talk with the Lord.

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“My soul, begin this wintry month with God. The cold snows and the piercing winds all remind you that He keeps His covenant with day and night and serve to assure you that He will also keep that glorious covenant that He has made with you in the person of Christ Jesus.”

—C.H. Spurgeon

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Gear Up for God Sightings in 2015

© Copyright 2014 CorbisCorporationHere we are at the beginning of another new year. We don’t know what 2015 will bring, but we can count on this: God is with us, and He will guide us through this year with His infinite wisdom and love.

Last summer, I spent a week with a group of volunteers from Group Workcamps. One of the activities that week was to look for God sightings—those little ways that God reminds us that He is there.

We learned that God sightings are sometimes obvious, like a near-miss traffic accident when you let out a big sigh and whisper, “Thank You, Lord.” But more often, God sightings are so veiled in worldly things that you might miss them.

Have you ever been on a commuter train racing in one direction when another train passes going the opposite way? That other train is gone in a flash. But you know that you saw it; it was really there. God sightings can be like that. You have to keep your eyes open and your mind fixed on seeing them; otherwise they can pass by unnoticed.

Last month, I challenged you to perform secret random acts of kindness every day through Advent. This month, I challenge you again:

Beginning today and continuing until the end of this year, focus on God sightings and write them down. As the months go by and your list grows longer, think about how keeping that list is changing you.

God_sightingsGod sightings are never accidental. God designs them to impact your life in ways big and small. He speaks to you through them, makes you aware of His presence, teaches, and even reprimands.

 A God sighting can change your life.

So, keep your eyes open in 2015. Write down those God sightings, and see how God uses them to direct your paths.

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