Hello 🙂 This entry, is about JOY. It is about joy, in ALL things. Joy, in suffering, trials, and JOY in the successes too. Snow, is beautiful, pure and precious. And, it represents, a cleaning. I remember, as a little girl, I loved to WATCH snow fall down. There was a just AWESTRUCK reaction, I would have. And, I mean…EVERY time, it snowed, I would just BE…OVERJOYED. There was something about it, that just made me, KNOW, LIFE was still good. Somehow, it would get better, and ultimately, I was safe.
Now, it was NOT just the SNOW. This, I know, now. I really LOVED making snow creme, and snowball fights, and sledding. It was the JOY, that needs to BE the focus here! I still marvel, at the GRACE, WE ALL had as kids. I was reading a book recently, and the author, spoke of being a latchkey kid. YES, that was me too. And my brothers as well. I remember growing up, the door was, ALWAYS open. Especially, during the DAYTIME. Now, that would be unheard of. In so many ways, it feels like, it was a “simpler time.” But God.
Was it REALLY a simpler time? Well, it was different. I’m NOT sure, if it was simple. I have learned, and AM learning, that different is good. That in order, to EMBRACE differences, WE must choose LOVE. And, WE are guaranteed, to get fussed at. It’s just an absolute certainty. BUT, we are also guarantied of the SNOW. You see, JESUS gave me another insight, about SNOW. And it means, SECRETS in the NATURAL from an OMNIPOTENT WARRIOR. I remember, that day. I was like, WOW!!!!! I love that JESUS 🙂 It was like, a little kid, had just gotten a new present.
There are some THINGS, you don’t know, until you do. And, some of those things, are tough to process and digest. Be it memories, knowledge, wisdom…..depending on where WE are. It can FEEL, like we “STOP in OUR TRACKS.” I had this happen yesterday. A song came on, while my husband and I were out. He was just enjoying his dinner. This song comes on….and ALL of the sudden. I’m on our glassed in porch, dancing for my Momma. The song, “I Miss you like Crazy.” And my heart is just aching. As ALL the other people, around me, seem to be noticing the cold. I can’t help, but notice, the old.
Eventually, I get the courage to share a bit about, the memory. Knowing, that I might not get the reception, that I’m looking for. And, My husband, just kind of nods. Grace. Oh my, is He a Grace kid. So, I quietly, begin to just break inside. Yet, on the outside, somehow don’t. And, I thank God for the healing. But, am reminded, how HARD choosing, to HEAL, can be. Tears. Yes, LORD….Let is SNOW….We need the healing. We need more JOY and laughter. Tears. This is NOT, what I thought, Happily EVER looked like. Again…but GOd.
DEEP DOWN, I know this is how THINGS must be. But, does that make it EASY? NO! It just doesn’t, my friends. Not sure anyone, ever gets used to being slandered, cut down, overlooked. But God. Grace Grace. His fruit, will speak for itself, EVEN when YOU….or WE cannot. His Fruit of LOVE WILL be present. EVERY single time, HIS LOVE wins.
So many people will mention, to me…”Your daughter is ALWAYS with you.” I have no doubt, that is true. By His Grace, she shows up. In ways, that ONLY HIS LOVE could. But, things are not the SAME. I can’t physically hold her, anymore. And, EVERY single day, I give that ACHE, to JESUS. I thank HIM, for His plans, and that HIS LOVE always wins. I thank HIM, for the joy, pain, sunshine, and rain. Because, He knew then, and knows now, every STEP. He knows, what I , and WE can handle, and what, WE can’t. Grace.
In a movie, I love…there is an important line. The mom, who ends up taking over, because there is a death, says it. She speaks, to the biological mom. She says, “You know, EVERY story, every hurt, EVERY wound.” It is in a film, called “Stepmom.” And, I can so relate, to feeling like, THAT character. But, I find comfort, in the fact that JESUS is the writer, director, producer, best actor, and so much more. HE KNOWS ALL those things too. So, even when WE think WE have just failed, or flubbed up…He knows. And, He is already in process, of making it right. But, oh my, does HIS process, LOOK different. Grace.
This WORLD will NOT hold perfection, or protection. That is found, in ONLY one place. HIS arms. His eyes. In Jesus. ALL of Jesus. Grace Grace needed, as ALL the stuff and yuck tries to stir up. Because, HIS LOVE will stand. That is the command. WE simply MUST LOVE. Love ALWAYS, LOVE often, LOVE even, when it is rejected. JUST LOVE. Because, it is in the LOVE, we can ENJOY the SNOW!!!!! SO, I say… “LET IT SNOW!!!!!”
I encourage you ALL, to engage, and share. The blog, is hopefully to get US all talking, and connecting. My prayer, is that, as HE brings the SNOW….the LOVE will grow. Because, WE definitely are BETTER together. That, is true. Especally, when WE are united, in HIS LOVE. ~~~~~~
I am often, my own WORST critic. Daily, I am still having to , give that up. Because, God says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” And, those are not ONLY words. They are HIS words, of LOVE. So, every day, I am thanking HIM, for the imperfections, or what I see as those. Plus, I am thanking HIM, for the repair too. Grace to grow, heal, and at time be wrong. Thank GOD for that. His Love amazes me.
In the LIFE book….the bible 🙂 There is a book called , “Song of SOngs.” In Chapter 3, it says
On my bed night after night, I sought the one
Whom my soul Loves. ; I sought him but did not find him. v 1-2
Commentary says, the maiden was dreaming. That she was longing, for her beloved.
WE must LONG for Jesus this way….
When Sarah was born, I remember, seeing JESUS in her eyes. Others, would think perhaps, that was not possible. But, it WAS. She looked at me, just for a moment. And, I saw JESUS. I had been searching for years to find HIM. I had looked in MANY eyes, but there HE was. In this precious, litlle angel. And, I was absolutely TERRIFIED. It wasn’t terror, like from a horror film. It was MORE like FEAR, I had never known. This covergence of HEAVEN and EARTH was there. It was so strange, yet beautiful too. The GRACE present, just leaves me, practically speechless.
Even NOW…it is tough to find words, to describe THAT day. Yet, unlike some I remember SOOOO much. Grace. His Grace is indeed sufficient. #LIVINGPROOF
Be encouraged today, that HIS LOVE succeeeds. 🙂 Even when it looks like, it did NOT, it did. THAT is His promise. SO, let it SNOW! And choose to be awestruck, by HIS LOVE today. ~~~
In His Grace,
18 Nov 2018