Snow Falling. Prayers Rising.

Outside the sky is dark & gloomy.
But it’s not the sky that worries me.
It’s the dark and gloomy attitudes
right here within that trouble me most.

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The predicted storm has some in a stir,
but all I want it to be stirred to love Him more.
To see the selfish and sinful in my heart
blown away by a mighty rushing wind!

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And though nature around me
speaks of cold winds
and harsh existence
and things that have died
and covered over,
I know that life,
though dormant now,
lies just beneath that layer of cold.

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So I hold to that knowledge
and hold to the hope
that just beneath the layer
of hard cold in my life,
there is a heart He is waiting to revive.

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Nature has to wait for Spring,
But I can, right now,
turn to the only Life that I know . . .

I pick up the Word,
allowing ancient words to speak for this day.
I rehearse again the Roman words
I’m attempting to hide in my heart.
And we sing the faith in beautiful hymns . . .
and hold on to the hope
that He who promised is Faithful . . .
That His words never fail,
That He will perfect the things that concern us,
That even in my imperfection, He will shine through.
To my neighbors, my friends, and miracle of miracles,
perhaps even to my own family!


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So I whisper to Him this morning . . .
“Father,
My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold.

And I know how
I ought to be
Alive to You
and dead to me.

Oh what can be done
to an old heart like mine?
Soften it up
with oil and wine.

The oil is You,
Your Spirit of Love.
Please wash me anew
in the wine of your blood.”

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do want the fresh faith,
the deep desire for His presence,
the soft heart that He can use to love
the ones around me,
especially the ones I step on
and trip over every day
because they’re literally hanging out
so close to me!!

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He is the Source. And so I ask Him.
How glorious it would be to
really see His light blazing through my life today!

As my friend Barb so often quotes
from one of her sources,
“CHRISTIANS ADVERTISE DEITY”

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Advertise Deity.

What a thought.
What a sobering thought!
What a goal for this day!
To know that my little ones,
and my neighbor,
might not bump into Christ
in any other way,
except when they are with me.

Am I a good advertisement for Deity?

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These are a few of the truth words
that align my heart with His today,
that thaw out the cold
and allow His warmth to shine through.

“Set your mind on things above,

not on things on the earth.”

“Do not love the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth no rust destroys
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”

“We walk by faith, not by sight.”

“We do not lose heart.
Even though our outward man is perishing,
yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

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“For our light affliction, which is
but for a moment,
is working for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory,
while we do not look at the things
which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

“An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled
and that does not fade away is reserved in heaven for you.”

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Last month during those beautiful snow days that we had back to back,
I was again amazed at the mystery and quiet and beauty of snow.
A couple of “snow” verses from Scripture came to mind,
and I wondered how many times snow is mentioned in Scripture.

Quite a few times, actually!
And not only is it mentioned,
but like most everything,
God uses the various aspects of His creation
as symbolism and word pictures
for greater truths He wants us to remember.

This link had a list of all the verses.
And here are just a few thoughts that I want to share
from christianshepherd.org

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HAST THOU ENTERED INTO THE TREASURES OF THE SNOW?
(Job 38:22)

As a symbol snow in scripture seems to speak of “whiteness” and “purity”.
In this way it is used  to describe the raiment of the Lord at His transfiguration (only in Mark 9:3),
the hair and the garment of  Him as a Judge in Dan. 7:9 and Rev. 1:14,
as well as the raiment of the angel at His resurrection (only in Matt. 28:3).

It is used, also, to show His cleansed people as pure and white when
their sins are washed in Jesus’ precious blood. (Isa. 1:18, Eph. 5:27, Rev. 1:5)

When we think of snow, it falls from Heaven pure and white (our new life).
There are no two flakes alike (like our fingerprints or D N A)
but they are all six sided figures or hexagons (six symbolizes man at his best).
A snowflake starts by forming on a piece of dust in the air and once it becomes heavy
enough it falls to the ground. When the snowflake melts the dust is left on the ground
and the ice evaporates into the atmosphere. Does this not make us think of ourselves?
Our Adam nature was created by God from dust and it will return to dust (Gen. 3:19),
but our new nature is eternal and we will all be changed at the rapture (I Cor. 15:51-55).

When snowflakes land on the earth,
they become one and form a blanket of snow (the one 
body, the church).
After snow settles on the ground it becomes contaminated and loses its whiteness.
It 
becomes contaminated both from above and below [wickedness in heavenly places (Eph. 6:12)
and the 
Church taking the character of the world (Rev. 2:13)].
Today the church has settled down and is not in 
keeping with its Heavenly character,
but in the end both His Heavenly and Earthly people will be made 
spotless. (Eph. 5:27) 

Would this be a little of what scripture means by the treasures of snow? Is it another part of
creation that is a pattern of Heavenly things (Rom. 1:20)?

~Christianshepherd.org~

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O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
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O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
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O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinners to find.
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O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
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O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
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O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.
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 This is my prayer ascending today.
To love Him and to be like Him.
Amen.

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5 Responses to Snow Falling. Prayers Rising.

  1. Barb King March 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Beautiful Shelly!

  2. brenda stoltzfus March 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    i love it; it very relevant to where i am right now.

  3. Heidi March 7, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Such beautiful words and photos! I felt refreshed just reading. :)

  4. clarita March 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    This is just so SO beautiful. The combination of the words and the inCREDible photography…. it is balm to my soul, and I can identify so very much. I love this. I love YOU.

    • Shelly March 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Thank you, Clarita. Thanks! I love you too!

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