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!


The Prodigal Son and the Good Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm 23:1

Shortly before my youngest son’s third birthday, he snuck out of the house one night.  I had left to run an errand.  Connor was playing quietly in his bedroom with his siblings and my husband was in the back of the house.  Several minutes pa76994_450758891510_579391510_5872822_2935834_nst before the older kids informed their dad that Connor was nowhere to be found.

Frantically they searched each and every room and nook and cranny in the house.  Connor had disappeared.  As they darted outside to see if he had indeed wondered from within the safety of our four walls, they were greeted by a kind police officer, Connor, and our faithful dog, Scarlet. Before leaving the house, Connor had let Scarlet out of her crate so that she could join him on his grand adventure.

The officer told my husband that he had found the pair about a block from home.  As he approached Connor to assist him, Scarlet began circling Connor not allowing the officer to come any closer.  The police officer asked Connor if he could take him home, and Connor walked back to our yard with Scarlet at his side and the officer close behind them.

Usually when Scarlet was allowed to roam free outside of a fenced enclosure, she was “gone with the wind”.  Her instincts carried her as she glided as though she were flying.  She was always soon to return, but first, she always ran to her heart’s delight.  Not this time though.  One of her pack was in danger.  She set her sights on safely guarding him and guiding him back home again.  She stayed in step with him preventing him from becoming lost or stolen.

Matthew 18 tells a similar story –  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”

Are you the one that has wandered away and maybe even lost your way?  Jesus came to find you.  He is just a prayer away. When you ask Him, He will happily lead you 19984_10152593581416511_1696330286524250901_nback. Jesus came so that you wouldn’t be lost forever.  Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”   And 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, “The Lord isnot slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  Won’t you come to Him?

Have a blessed week, y’all!