Snow Days, Hot Chocolate, Hot Soup, and Hot Woodstoves

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“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13

The forecast calls for 3-7 inches of snow, runny noses, subzero windchill, and two kids who want to build a snowman. Tomorrow will be a day of which we all seek comfort. We will want a break from the cold and blustery winter.  Seeking shade on a hot, summer day is so far from thought it hardly seems possible to feel warm in shorts and t-shirts while playing outside.

We all experience seasons in our lives when we search for comfort.  At this time in my life, I long for the comfort of quiet mornings when I sit back with a cup of coffee and everyone else sleeps. In thirty years, I may long for noisy chaos of children running through my house.

Our source of comfort, regardless of season or age is always the same. We always find comfort in God, our Father, Jesus, our friend who walked the same Earth, and the Holy Spirit, who speaks to us as we journey through this life.

We may not always feel His presence in a Holy manner. Sometimes His comfort arrives in cups of hot chocolate, a hug from a spouse, or a phone call from a friend.  I belive God uses us to comfort others and allows us to experience His love through others.

What are you doing tomorrow?  Will you bring comfort to anyone? Will you allow God to comfort you?

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Thankfulness Isn’t Just For November

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I bet I am joined by thousands of Virginians tonight as I thank God for a warm home! My kids are safely tucked into beds covered in thick blankets. They each wear toasty pjs, and our wood stove is rolling.

I know it is not November any longer, but we are celebrating our thankfulness tonight. Tonight temperatures will reach crazy lows with even crazier wind chills. I shudder to think of anyone left outside tonight.

As we kick back in our sweatpants and drink hot chocolate, I pray you and your family are warm. I am thankful for you, the readers, and I pray you weather the cold well.

Blessings!