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A Taste of Spring

Earlier in the week, we had our 18th snow for winter 2013-14. This is very unusual for our corner of the world, but we are so very grateful for the moisture. The snowfall was quickly followed by a couple days of springlike weather with temps in the 60s. With melting snow, tulips pushing through the damp earth, and goldfish playing at water’s surface, I was tempted to get my hands in the dirt. However, I restrained because I know Mother Nature is a tease. Instead, I whipped up a taste of spring with a few new recipes.

The local grocery store has been getting in some beautiful, plump, sweet, juicy strawberries. We usually eat them fresh, whole, or sliced, dipped in chocolate or stirred into yogurt. This time I made Almond Cream Filled Strawberries. An easy snack, appetizer or dessert that looks a tad fancy for my farmer.

ImageSince I had whipping cream left over, I got brave and made some Grilled Pears with Honey Roquefort Whipped Cream. This was not as big of hit, and I will not be making them again.

ImageCold winds returned this morning. So while Hubby got a fire going in the wood stove, I made a batch of Bacon Grits for breakfast. What a delicious enhancement to plain grits! Of course, how can cheese and bacon not boost the flavor? We drizzled a bit of maple syrup to top it off.  This will definitely become part of our breakfast menu rotation.

ImageThe temperature is quickly dropping; wind is blowing tumble weeds south, and the fish are at pond’s bottom. Snow #19 is in tonight’s forecast, and a big mug of hot chocolate sounds very warming right now. A handful of lemons and limes are waiting for our next taste of spring. Monday is predicted to be in the 70s, and I’m already anticipating fresh squeezed lemonade or cherry limeade.

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SnOw

Many across the nation have been homebound due to snow. After completing my outside chores, I began contemplating what to do on this particular snow day. I thought about making a snowman, like this one found on Pinterest.Will definitely be making this guy this year

However, since my dog loves romping in the snow so much, she would want to be in the middle of my rolling of snow. I am afraid my snowman would end up more like this. Also found on Pinterest.

Fallen Snowman. Fun and whimsical. Would be cute beside Standing on Head Snowman.

The desire to create a snowman continued to tug at me, so I settled on making one near my toasty woodstove. I didn’t get wet or cold, and I don’t have to worry about it melting or being toppled over by my rambunctious dog.

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With frigid temperatures, wind whipping to and fro, snow began swirling in my mind. In this swirl came the curiosity to do a Bible scavenger hunt. Have you ever done a Bible scavenger hunt? This particular hunt was to find all the times “snow” is mentioned in the Bible. As I searched and read, I discovered snow/snows/snowy is used  literally, figuratively and comparatively.

Two identical verses are examples of literal word use. In 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, I read about a man named Benaiah who was a mighty and powerful man; he was a valiant fighter. Not only did he strike down some of King David’s biggest enemies, “…He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.” (2 Sam 23:20, 1 Chron 11:22)

In the book of Job, snow is mentioned several times. In chapter 6, Job uses “snow” to help describe the lack of devotion from his friends. “But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow, but that cease to flow in the dry season and in the heat vanish from their channels.” Job 6:16-17  Later in the book, in describing God’s power and majesty, snow is referenced.

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth.’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour’. Job 37:5-7

This week, God has definitely said to the snow, “Fall on the Earth!”

When used comparatively, the color of snow is mentioned. Last night when the wind was blowing, some areas were reported to have whiteouts. For my readers in the tropics, this is when the snow is blowing and swirling so much that all you can see is white, hence the term whiteout. Today,  the snow is a thick blanket of fluffy white, and the sunlight reflects brightly making my view look blindingly clean and untarnished. I especially like the verses that refer to God cleansing and making one whiter than snow.

Isaiah 1:18 “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.’

David understood this. When he finally faced and admitted his sin, he poured his heart out to God.

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow….Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:7,10

Do you have sin muddying up your life? When was the last time you ask God to wash you and make you whiter than snow?  Repent, talk to God about it. He will forgive you, and turn those scarlet sins white as snow.

Leave me a comment; what do you do on a snow day?

Glistening Masterpiece

While some of you are snowed under, others are watching the flood levels. In southwest Kansas we are still enduring an extended drought. No matter what trial we are in the midst of, God is always there.

Yesterday God’s handiwork began to shine as the sun came up. My early morning travels took me through the Oklahoma Panhandle, and I had to make several unexpected stops to try to capture some shots of God’s glistening masterpiece.

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This part of the country is dry enough, any little bit of moisture is welcome. Even if it comes as freezing drizzle in late April.

It is easy to worry when the weather is so unpredictable and one is a farmer.  However, Jesus has some great words in the book of Luke.

“I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Luke 12:22-28 NLT

Farther East the landscape had a blanket cover of canola in full bloom. God’s exclamation point to say “I am in control!”

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I Prayed for Rain

After a couple beautiful days in the 70s, these cold damp days are not so welcomed.  Yet this is what God has blessed us with. Blessed? Yes, blessed.  In our dry and thirsty corner of the state, damp is better than hot wind, and although I prayed for rain, wet snow melting-where-it-lands is better than nothing.

Still we are ungrateful and complain.  My own complaint is that I’m chilled to the bones. Other grumblings I heard while out and about today were:

  • It’s so gloomy out.
  • Now I’m going to have to wash the car.
  • It’s only enough to make things messy.
  • There’s not enough moisture to amount to anything.
  • It’s miserable out.
  • I had to pick up the kids. They couldn’t walk home in this.
  • Ugh! I just wish winter would go away.

Shame on us! We can be such ungrateful spoiled brats.

Father God, Forgive us for our ungratefulness, for our grumbling and  complaining. Thank you for the moisture you have blessed us with these past 2 days. I know you are the one true God who has the power to say to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

2012 Glimpses of Blessings

2012 has been a year that I have intentionally looked for, took notice of, and gave God praise for His abundant blessings. It was not a year perfect in every way, yett even in the difficult times God was ever present. I welcome 2013 and can’t wait to see what God has in store. To God be the Glory!

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