February 25, 2015

It was beautiful! Absolutely miraculous! In Georgia, so rare. Today, we had a snow day! About 1/16th of an inch of the white stuff fell from the sky onto our dull, dormant grass this morning and school was canceled! Hooray! 

The kids were ecstatic, we had been fooled a few times by the weathermen and never got our day off, but today was it. The kids were all bundled up and headed outside even before breakfast (I wasn't so thrilled, but it was probably good timing as the snow melted rather quickly)! They grabbed their sleds and ran to the backyard. Poised at the top of the hill, my oldest daughter went down head first! No fear! My middle child took the bait and went down quickly, but not head first - safely on her bum. Then it was my toddler's turn. He's 3, almost 4, and although pretty daring, this was all new to him! He refused to go down, even at the coaxing of his sisters from the bottom of the hill. He was scared to embark on this new terrain. He wouldn't even do it for the camera! C'mon kid, this doesn't happen very often, we gotta get the pictures! Lol. But, just then, when all hope seemed lost, my eldest offered up an idea. "Let's all hold hands and go down together!" Oh, so sweet. Maybe I am doing something right. I can always count on her. It was so awesome to see them glide down the hill together victorious! And, I got the picture. :)

As I watched them hand in hand, It reminded me of Ecclesiastes 4:12, "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." The Message version says, "By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped." Isn't it so awesome that the Lord gives us people here on earth that we can go to when we are scared, frustrated, upset. Walking in faith is hard! We need people to walk with! They can encourage us, challenge us and give us a fresh perspective on things that we may not be able to see at the time. We can get so much more accomplished together! Maybe you are someone that always encourages others in this way. Keep up the good work! It's not always easy, but rewards surely come from the Lord. 

I love Galations, it's like a guide, teaching us how we should live daily, telling us exactly what to do. There is no grey area. Galations 6:2, says "Carry each other's burdens, and this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." We, as Christians need to surround one another in prayer and love, building up one another. We need to be unified! When Christians stand fast together in faith, they can withstand the enemy. With good, godly friends and the Lord, we can overcome that snowy, uncertain hill! Do you surround yourself with people like this? Actively seek out friendships such as these. Be vulnerable. Allow others to lift you up and serve others every opportunity we have. 



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