Saturday, January 31, 2009


The end of January was here, the most difficult time of year in the Midwest. We could tell because there was a chill in the house which the furnace couldn’t touch. As in previous years, we doubled up on layers of turtlenecks and sweaters with big, thick shoes and socks to help keep out the cold. Our funny little house just wasn’t warm.

Also, the car wouldn’t start - the result of the frigid temperatures and living on top of a hill where the wind blew day and night.

The faucet in the kitchen needed to be constantly tended. If we weren’t careful, the pipes would freeze and that would mean hours in the cold using a torch.

Our initial reaction to this part of winter was a tendency to say, “Oh no!” Yet, even though troublesome, those problems were familiar - like old friends who we greeted each January. We knew they were coming and we knew how to act toward them.

How do you greet those familiar “old friends” in your life?

Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Heavenly Father, although I don’t like trials, I thank you that You are teaching me how to deal victoriously with each one. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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