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The sun's rays illuminated the freshly fallen snow outside my living room window. Thousands and thousands of miniature diamonds glistened in the sun.
There's nothing like freshly fallen snow. It is pure white, soft, and fluffy as it falls from the sky to the ground, covering the earth like a warm blanket.
When you open your hand and a snowflake lands, you can see that it is intricate and beautiful. After a time of collecting snowflakes, you realize that each flake is different; no two are alike. To me, these tiny fractals are an enigma. But then, a lot of snow can be quite a nuisance, as well as dangerous.
Snow squalls invaded our area, pummelling us with lots of snow. Snow removal machines were kept busy during the day, as well as during the night. We are fortunate enough to be able to hire someone to come and plow our driveway, whereas others have to shovel the white stuff by hand.
As I look out my back door, I wonder where our snowplow man is going to pile more snow that we are expecting. Perhaps a week of mild temperatures and lots of sunshine will reduce the number of snow hills in our backyard. Perhaps today is the beginning of this much-desired process. But what if we get more snow — will it be too much for our roof?
I find myself beginning to worry.
Yet, God tells us to cast our worries and anxious feelings onto Him. He knows what is going to happen, even though we do not. We have to believe that when the time comes, He will lead us to the right person to look after the snow load on our roof. He could even send us an early spring!
Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (NASB)
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (NASB)
Are you feeling anxious about something in your life right now or worried about what may happen?
Let us trust in God, Who has everything under control.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for rewarding us with beautiful, sunshiny days. Thank You for showing us the beauty in freshly fallen snow, the intricate snowflakes that lie on our windowsills, and diamonds that glisten on the white ground. Help us to trust in You and to give You thanks, even though we are pummelled with snow. Amen.
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Yes, praying and praising God for answers to prayer. Blessings.
Thank you for a very timely message and for reminding me that God is in control. Thank you for serving God as you do with wise words.
Thanks Rosemary. This devotional brought to mind the song with the lines, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”. As Christians when our life is full of snowy moments, as like you write, trust in God, we could change the words to “Let it go, let it go, let it go!”
A good word today.
I enjoy your devotionals. I know about snow, but now I live near Lake Ontario where we can still see grass.
I would like enough to cover the ground, but my husband tells me we live in the “Banana Belt”. It is nice not to have to put on boots to go outdoors.
God bless you as you continue to write.
Living just north of Lake Ontario we have had very little snow this year — and I find it quite dismal. As I read your message it brought to mind the days of skating, tobogganing, skies, and time to have fun in the snow! Do you think snow and thoughts of (how do we get rid if it? Has something to do with age? Any way thanks for the analogy in your turn around, giving it all to the Lord.
Good Morning and Blessings from Manitoulin Island.
Yes, we too get the same sort of weather, but there are many who are worse off than us! I feel very anxious for those in New Brunswick who are still without electrical power. If they heat with hydro, they will have very cold homes and when it comes back on, they may have frozen and burst pipes! Let us be thankful for our blessings, and pray for those who don’t.
Thank you for your Devotional.
What a perfect devotional for this a.m. We had snow pretty well all day yesterday and steady overnight so the first thing to think this a.m. is that I had to get out and shovel my driveway and my neighbour’s, but I did read your devotional before going out and it gave me a brighter attitude to look at God’s creative beauty as the trees look so graceful draped in a gown of white fluffiness and the air feels so fresh and clean. Many thanks for your contribution to the daily devotionals. Blessings,
Good morning Rosemary. Thank you for the writings of these devotions, I so enjoy reading them every day. Not only does it help me to see my life in a more positive light but I come in contact with a lot of people through small business every day. So not only do you change my life but I am able to use yours to help someone I see that is struggling in life, I have been able to forward different devotions to people that I thought could benefit from that certain one and they now enjoy reading them. Once again thank you and all involved for helping to change me and so many others with there struggles! For some people it’s the first time they have been told “GODS got this”, thanks.
Thank you for your excellent devotional. We get some snow in SD too, and usually we don’t have to rake off our roofs, but sometimes the wind causes some problems too. I liked your reference to Phil. 4:6 and thought of the formula that God gave me some years ago for Phil 4. Verse 6 tell us to pray and verse 7 tells us what God does when we pray and then 6+7=13 which reminds us that we can find our answers in Christ — it happens to be 10 words which you can repeat on your fingers. Then since you pray in Christ’s name and pray the prayer He taught us you add 6 to 13 to get to verse 19, which gives a neat summary concept for us. Thanks again for your thoughts and verses.
I live alone. I have a driveway that is about three car lengths from my garage door to the edge of the boulevard with a sidewalk in between. I clear all the snow manually (no snow thrower) and I also do this for my next door neighbours who are too old to do so themselves.
I have to travel for two weeks during the middle of this month and I have been very worried about who to get to clear the snow (if it does snow) off both driveways.
And then I see your Daily Devotional this morning! How appropriate! It came just when I needed it and it tells me that our dear Heavenly Father knows my worries and He cares. I know now that all will be well and I will be able to find someone, the right person, to look after this for me.
See, God has used you today to talk to me. Thanks so much for writing this devotional.
God bless you!
Rosy, you may get your hope of an early spring according to the 2 predictions made by our groundhogs. Hang in there.