Wednesday, January 16, 2013


It's cold outside!

Even though I live in the south, some of you might be laughing, because we southerners don't really know what "cold" is. Not like some of you. Cold to us is when the temperatures drop below 50. Even though that does not compare to the northern temperatures of below zero, it is still cold outside!

We have had some freezing rain here, which has made driving almost unbearable. It took some people over four hours to drive what should have normally taken 30 minutes. This made many people very grumpy. I've been stuck in traffic for hours like that before and believe me it is NO fun. But cold weather does not have to be something that causes us to complain.

Afterall, the regular occurance of cold is part of the promise made to Noah after the flood. God swore never to destroy every living creature again...

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease." Genesis 8:22
Cold can be a wonderful thing.

Doesn't a cold drink quench your thirst? The cold can keep us indoors, wrapped up in front of a fire to read a book. The cold can motivate us to invite friends over for a big pot of chili. The cold can keep us in on a friday night playing board games with our kids instead of running in different directions. The cold can remind us of our appreciation of the warmth of the sun.

So as the cold winter brews up around you outside, sit around the fire and bask in the warmth of the Son! God's love will be the fire that never goes out.

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY and I am thankful for alot of things, but on this cold day, I am really thankful for the warmth of God's love, grace and forgiveness. How about you? What are you grateful for today? Please link up with us below. HAPPY TT!


It Feels Like Chaos said...

We, too, live in the South and don't get much cold, but the past week has been! I whine a bit because I do not like cold, but it is a great reminder to pray with my kids for people who don't have warm beds to sleep in. Plus, my kids are so cuddly in their footed pajamas!

Nana Jul said...

God's love warms our cold selves up, keeps us safe and gives us rest!
Thank you for hosting Thankful Thursday!
Stay warm!

Rachel Nuckolls said...

I discovered your blog through the OBS. Thank you for the opportunity to link up with you. I enjoyed this post. I'm originally from Oklahoma, so I know exactly what your talking about here. My husband and I currently live in Wyoming, and believe me, I now know what cold is! Though it may be discouraging at times, this past weekend after a really good snow, we chose to embrace it and did exactly what you stated here-we made chili and enjoy quality time together. I thank God for those times.

Laurie Collett said...

My post on Saved by Grace this week is about the flood also! Thanks for hosting & God bless!

Kathleen said...

I use to be so grumpy about snow -- But now I praise God for the moisture and I love my fireplace and a hot cup of cocoa-- The Lord loves cozy just like we do. Bless you for an encouraging post :)

SGG said...

Hi Laurie! Hope you have had a great week! Yes... you are right... we have cold... but not COLDDDD! BTW... My Uncle and Aunt live just above Berryville so they are in North Arkansas and see some beautiful snows. Are you more in southern Arkansas? Probably the lower regions are different.

Simply God's Girl

Denise said...

Enjoyed this.