Snow…a Winter Wonderland!

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First snow of the year! 1-22-2016

The recent snow is SO beautiful! Living in the south I don’t get to see it nearly as much as I’d like to. Tonight there is a full moon and the light is reflecting on the snow making this night extra beautiful.

One thing I like about the snow is that it transforms imperfect things like rusty barn roofs and dead looking grass into an amazing winter wonderland! Dirty things appear clean when they are covered with snow.

The pure, white snow reminds me of Isaiah 1:18 where the Lord says, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Jesus promises to transform all those who trust Him with their lives. I was made a new creature in Christ when I invited Jesus into my life. Old things were passed away and all things became new.  He changed my sinful desires to the desire to please Him with my life.

There is nothing I know that is whiter than snow!  As I walked around outside today in the fluffy, white powder, I was humbled to think that the Lord has cleaned my crimson, sin-filled heart to make it as white as that snow. Because Jesus shed His blood for me and God has forgiven me of my sin, He sees Jesus’ righteousness when He looks at me and I look clean to Him.

IMG_0324Romans 4:7 says, Blessed are they whose iniquities (lawless deeds) are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Another thing I noticed is that “white” things that usually look clean, look dirty next to the pristine snow.  My house usually looks really white, but it looks dingy and dirty now with the white snow surrounding it.

This reminded me that I might feel pretty good about myself spiritually when I compare myself to someone who isn’t doing as well (which God’s word clearly advises against).  But when I compare myself to Jesus (the only One I should ever compare myself with) and His righteousness, I see the many discrepancies. My dirtiness really shows up!

Along with physical reminders like the snow, is God’s word, the Bible to teach us truth.  It is such a special gift that speaks to my heart and assures me that my faith is founded and grounded in truth. It is full of promises and hope….not a “wishful” hope, but a “know so” hope. (This is something a dear friend reminded me of a few days ago.)

I’d like to leave you with these beautiful verses from Isaiah 55: 10 and 11 to encourage you. God is speaking and He says…

 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I would love to hear YOUR  thoughts about my thoughts! You have to include your email address and a password, but I hope you will take time to do this and share your thoughts with me!

Keep looking up,

Gaye Hughes

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1/23/16

 

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6 thoughts on “Snow…a Winter Wonderland!

  1. That’s a beautiful revelation! I agree with everything you said.. specially about how no matter how “good” we might think we are, once we compare ourselves to the holiness and perfection of God, we always look like filthy rags next to Him.. I mean we can’t even be in the same level as Him! But wow, it’s amazing how He can turn garbage into beautiful treasure.. through His son Jesus! Good write up! ☺

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  2. Great message and great pictures. As you rightfully noted, the Christian hope is not simply a wish, it is a “favorable and confident expectation”.

    R. H. Jackson

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    • I really like that definition of hope Mr. R.H.! You are that “dear friend” who reminded me of this the other day. I sure hope you will continue to do this. Stay warm! I’ll miss worshiping with you today!

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