Is spring in the air or I am just fooling myself with the hope? It's February 14th and the temperatures are warmer than what they have been all through the cold long winter. The snowmen that were made before today, have lost their heads and are disappearing into the past. My husband is happily grilling tonight's supper. The little girls are playing outside without scarves on. And the big girls are running around without coats.
How refreshing the warmer weather feels. Even the dog is getting in on it, happily burying her nose in the snow and leaping about. It has been a long, gloomy, and very cold winter, made harsher by the stinging cold winds and the sad happenings of life.
So the warmth of the days have sent a happy promise of spring, putting a bounce in the step, a smile on the face, and laughter in the air. How often I have felt the same relief when I turn to the Lord with the burdens of life. I stubbornly fight and wrestle with whatever, until I am fully miserable with the whole situation.
After much sweat and tears, realization kicks in. I can't do this myself. Like a little girl I run to Abba Daddy to take care of it all, crying out all my sorrows and fears as I come before him. Giving all my fears and troubles over to him. And then the peace he gives me overcomes the fears and worries as I lay it all in His arms to take care of.
Just as the cold weather passes away to the warmth of spring, so does the desolate, emotional winter move into the peace and warmth of the Lords arms.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [King James version]
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