Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?

25359763_10154795884896511_1674824007_nMy forty-first birthday found me buried beneath mounds of blankets and surrounded by furry friends in an attempt to stay warm and hidden from the beautiful white, winter wonderland that transformed our community into a Christmas card perfect picture last Friday.  My sons and our dogs enjoyed playing in the cold, wet mush while I was perfectly content to take a few pictures as proof that the snow-pocalypse really happened and quickly retreat back to the warmth of my blankets.

Snow is one of those things that completely fascinates me.  While I’d rather not suffer frost-bite from throwing snowballs at people, the monochromatic colorscape it creates provides a tranquil and peaceful ambience that is second to none.  Considering how far and wide of an area any given snow storm covers and the depth of it, the fact that no two snowflakes are identical is nothing less than a miracle.  Then consider that each and every detail of each of us is just as unique as that of a tiny snowflake, how can we do anything less than stand in awe of our Creator?

Psalm 139:14 reads, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  God hard wired us to be an “individual” who is completely unique from any other so that we might all work together to fulfill His purposes for us and accomplish the greater good.  This is also why the body of God, the church, is also so important.  Ephesians 4:16 says, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”  We cannot do nearly as much by ourselves as we can within a group of like-minded believers.  Together, and only together, we can reach a dark and weary world with the good news of Christ. Sins Like Scarlet White as Snow

During the Christmas season, I hope you are reminded of how special you are to your Creator.  As you celebrate the gifts that make you unique, I pray you also are able to use those gifts to share the good news of Christ with others.  The hope of Christmas is found in Isaiah 1:18.  It reads, ““Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.”

Have a blessed week, y’all!