Friday, January 13, 2012

Of Joy In The Blizzard




Oh! Earlier this week, Spring arrived for a short visit. I swept the front porch (where squirrels snack from the compost boxes) before John and Donna arrived Wednesday for lunch and I just wanted to remain out there in the sunshine, blue skies and cool-but-not-cold fresh air and sweep, sweep, sweep forever. The sun shone through all the windows during our visit and we chatted and laughed and everyone forgot it was early January.

But then there's this morning. There's a bbbbblizzard out there!



Oh well, this is Buffalo in early January, after all.

Time to gather all my coziest books and blankets, time to sit in bed and read and drink hot chocolate and watch movies and favorite old tv series. Time to remember there's still a big ol' active, hurting world still spinning out there, too... and do something about that.

And shovel snow, of course.


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Here's something which has haunted me in the very best way since I read it in my dearly-loved daily devotional, God Calling. You know how you can read the Bible or a devotional or well, any book a hundred times and something different will leap out, shake you, then follow you around? Well, that's what this is doing to me:

     "You are to help save others. Never let one day pass when you have not reached out an arm of Love to someone outside your home--a note, a letter, a visit, help in some way.
     Be full of joy. Joy saves. Joy cures. Joy in Me. In every ray of sunlight, every smile, every act of kindness, or love, every trifling service--joy."


Ah, I love that---am still chewing on it and allowing its truth to change me.

The joy it's speaking of? It's not to be a mask I wear. Not something I fake so I'll appear like a happy Christian who's after her good girl brownie points and who's had her sins forgiven and has Heaven to anticipate.

No, this joy is to be real. The result of allowing God to deal with me, to point out the unforgiveness, worry, jealousy, fear and dread and the seeking of appreciation from everyone but Him. And then allowing Him to 'meddle' in all these affairs, correct me, show me better ways to live and be, then have Him sweep away whole heart rooms of garbage.

You know, like when the folks on Hoarders stop clinging to all their trash, admit their deception, then allow someone else to dig them out, teach them better ways, and help set them free.

It's kinda like that.

When God sets us free, the joy comes flooding in. The joy of being rescued becomes so real, valid and true and that's when joy begins to save and heal and light the way for those people still stumbling in depressing darkness.

At least, that's what I'm thinking, concluding, while doing all this chewing. In joy, even in a Buffalo January bbbbblizzard.


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Ten Easy Ways to Kill Your Quiet Time


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Oh! Yesterday I watched one of the best documentaries (imo) ever. It's called "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird." Loved it for many different reasons, mostly the writing/Harper Lee one.

I saw this via instant view at Netflix and I just may watch parts of it again today(!)


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"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  ... John 8:32


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9 comments:

Lori Alexander said...

Loved that quote!!! Yes, we have joy in knowing who we are in Christ. It's amazing and wonderful. And we win others with our love. God's ways are so good.

Donetta said...

verrr
Sounds like baking is in order.
I love to start the oven up on cold days
Your slow life makes me think of what it would of been like without the kids. It sounds nice but I am so happy to be kept so busy.
This joy to be happy for you and for me too. Wonderful not to envy or to wish for anything other than what we have.
Makes me want to just get up and go start this full day.
You enjoy the book make up some tea and keep cozy and content. I smile for you.

Yolanda said...

I love your blog. I proably will never see this much snow in my life. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

David Warren Fisher said...

Debra, I have a question for you! We always get a LANG Planner from the Lang Company in the U.S. every year. This year we couldn't find one in Canada. The only way we can get one now is to order from Amazon and have it shipped to a U.S. address. Here's the question...If I order it from Amazon and have it shipped to your address, would you re-send it to our address here in Canada. We will cover the postage and any extra hassle it might cause. How far are you from a U. S. post office, Debra? Please e-mail me at dwfisher@nexicom.net and let me know if you would do this for us. Thanks so much. Hope you have a great year in 2012. God bless!

P. S. When you e-mail us (and if you agree to help us) please give us your mailing address. THANKS SO MUCH!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I just meant to say that we're having winter wonderland, too, Debra, but wanted to ask the other commenter why they don't order the Lang calendar from amazon.ca...They have lots of different ones.

Go to amazon.com and scroll down to the bottom and click on Canada.

David Warren Fisher said...

Kristi:

I've already tried Amazon in Canada and all they have are used Planners. Thanks for your suggestion though.

David

Anonymous said...

Lovely post Debra and here you are with an opportunity to help out someone!!

Elizabeth in NC

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful , beautiful post Debra. A lot like what I am feeling today!

Morning's Minion said...

Good post--lots of things to think about on a cold evening in Kentucky.