Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wishing Away Winter and Pining For Spring

Wishing Away Winter and pining for spring
Photo by John Doyon

As much as I love the beauty of fresh fallen snow, too much winter makes me pine for spring.

Living in New England has its attractions:

Wishing away winter and pining for spring

Gorgeous fall days
Bright colors as the leaves change
Apple picking in the fall
Maple syrup harvesting in late winter
Four distinct seasons that you miss if you’re away from them

But, winter can drone on until you find yourself crying, uncle. Or in other words, BRING SPRING.

We faintly hope in the groundhog’s predictions but don’t believe a word he says. No matter what, we are in for winter’s hold until at least the end of March.

I remember an ice storm in May. A fluke? Yes. But definitely something you remember by keeping photos in a scrapbook with a label that says, Unbelievable!

When you are facing illness or trials, the spring can’t come quick enough. Your four walls, prescription bottles and calendar filled with appointments begin to close in until you utter the word: Uncle. But what you mean is bring on relief.

From one New Englander who knows what the winter prison feels like, I am praying for you that you see a glimpse of spring in the coming days. I pray that you know that no matter what you’re facing and how dark it seems, God is with you. His promise to never leave you alone and to walk with you through anything, applies to any season, winter included.

Wishing away winter and pining for spring

I’m also praying you will see His signs of spring. The new life, hope and relief as you go through each winter day. He is there. Ask Him to show you His presence, the fingerprint that He is with you. Look for the glimmer of light in the middle of the darkness. (Click to Tweet)

I promise you that His relief will come and it will become one of the memories kept in your scrapbook of faithfulness marked, Unbelievable. Because we can’t help telling others how God met us in the middle of our darkest time and shined through the dimness with His light.

There is a favorite verse I’d like to share with you to encourage you through to relief because God promises not to waste any dark moments in our lives. They become the beacon of His glory if we allow them to.

What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; Matthew 10:27 (Click to tweet)

God has a message for you in this. You may or may not see it right now because it’s dark. But, as His light dawns you will see something that will bring comfort and show His glory to another.

I have been there.


In darkness.

And, I promise you, spring is coming.

How can I pray for you?


Spring Flower and Autumn tree Images courtesy of Morguefile.com

Resources to help find God trustworthy during the winter of your soul:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Learning How to Love

Learning how to love

I've been mulling over the concept of LOVE this morning and realize I don't know if I truly understand the depth of it. So much of how I love is broken at best - maybe because I am broken. (Click to Tweet) 

Understanding love according to God's definition is beyond me. I know I can't love like He does, not on my own.
So often showing love is skimming the surface, depending on my mood or whom I am trying to love. They say love is a verb. And a verb shows action.

I say I love, but do my actions follow? (Click to Tweet)

I simply know that I don't understand love like God does.
Maybe I am being too hard on myself  as Valentine's Day whizzes past. If I am honest though, I can tell you my ability to love hasn't really been tested. Not like others I know:
Learning How to Love
Corrie ten Boom tells of how love transformed her from hate to forgiveness for the German prison guard, whose treatment she endured during her imprisonment.
A wife continues to show kindness to her husband even though he has betrayed her.
Love provides 24/7 care for someone who has hurt them in the past.
I am afraid to find out what I am not capable of. Yet, at the same time my heart cries out for God to teach me how to love like He loves.
The good news is, that I am not able to love without the source of love.
Scripture tells me Love is of God because God is Love. 1 John 4:7-8
Learning how to love
Photo by Ruthanne Sprague, used with permission
As I read this morning, God's words in Jeremiah 31:3 glowed like an ember:
He says, I will love you with an everlasting love. 

God is my example. His love never changes. He is the One who loved me first so I can love in return. So with that message, I know He can teach me to love like He loves.
No matter what I do, His love never changes.
Jesus knew Peter would deny Him. But, He prays He will strengthen His brothers. Luke 22:31-34
He knew Judas plotted betrayal for 30 pieces of silver, yet He shares bread with him (a gesture of honor). John 13:21-26
Jesus never withheld love, because He is the expression of God's love. He can't be unloving. It's against His character. And, this love led Him to the cross to pay our sin debt. His love paid it all. And, it was love that held him on the cross, not the Roman's nails.

So, my prayer today is, teach me to love. Scary, I know. I've been warned it's like praying for patience...

Am I afraid of what is coming? Yes. Though I shouldn't be because His word tells me that Perfect Love casts out fear. 

But loving others takes sacrifice. 

I know I am selfish and self-protective but I know He will teach me with gentle patience if I am willing.

How good are you at loving others?  (Click to Tweet)

I'd love to hear your thoughts,


God's Love for you is relentless:

Coffee image courtesy of Morguefile.com