9 Responses to Discovering Winter Surprises Despite the Cold

  1. Vicki – as your devotional is posted this day (/22/16) we are hearing of the blizzards threatening the east coast and surely where you live is to be affected.
    I pray you are huddled down inside (as has been strongly suggested by officials).

    That said, I do love this devotional and its messages. I love to SEE snow. I love it when it is freshly fallen and untouched – there is no silence quite like it.
    I would not attempt to drive in it anymore but once HAD to when I was working. The cold weather fronts escalate my symptoms so doing anything at such times is hard.

    The one statement you made ( all of them good ) that stood out to me was this one: “God’s beauty was found when I looked up, focused closer, and studied shadows.” Immediately I was reminded of the importance of staying close to Him and his Light so that what I can notice are shadows that come through Him – his Light casting them. That is for personal times when shadows may be overwhelming. But in your larger context – God’s whole Creation is bathed in his Light so looking for those touches that He brings to uplift and encourage are well worth noticing.

    Your photos that accompanied your message are breathtaking – loved viewing them from inside my apartment where it is warm!!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Love – Lynn

    • Dear Lynn,
      Yes, my area on the east coast is being bombarded by snow. We were warned this would be a powerful storm that would last Friday night through early Sunday morning. So, when I woke up this morning to see a foot of snow I knew we’d get hammered. We’ve gotten about 18″ so far and it’s still falling hard.
      It’s only been 9 weeks since my hubby got his gallbladder out, so he’s been operating the snowblower. I’ve been the one to shovel off our front porch and remove snow off our cars. No, we have NO PLANS on venturing out, but sooner or later we’ll have to clean them off. It’s easier to do it a little at a time (with rests between).
      We’ve often marveled at God’s timing for when our devotionals are posted. So, this message of mine has ministered to me…came at a perfect time!
      It came as no surprise that you’d pick up on the shadow part of this devotional. I absolutely LOVE how you elaborated on it!!!
      “I was reminded of the importance of staying close to Him and his Light so that what I can notice are shadows that come through Him – his Light casting them. “: Perfectly worded challenge.
      Back to resting…and watching figure skating on TV!
      Love ya,
      Vicki

  2. Oh wow, thank you for this amazing devotional. I must admit, I do not like winter, I get very depressed, as I am an outdoors person, and because of winter I am shut in the house. But your devotional really touched me especially the beautiful video. Wow!!!!!! Have a wonderful evening. Take care and God Bless.

    • Dear Deborah,
      I’m glad you checked out the video. Music and God’s creation soothe me when I’m fatigued and can’t go out. So I figured it could do the same for others. Assembling the video was a labor of love.
      May God brighten your heart on cold, grey days.
      Blessings,
      Vicki

  3. 18″ of snow and still falling??? Lord, have mercy, Vicki – on all so impacted.
    I do agree that you and hubby doing a little bit of clearing as you can is wise.
    However – keep the “figure skating” ( or slipping on ice ungracefully ) to tv viewing only. ?

    Warming hugs –
    Lynn

  4. Vicki, I loved this insight (and your wonderful photos) into some of the beauty we can see, amongst what must be some harsh winters for you. To me, while we’ve been sweltering here this summer, it looks kind of inviting – but only because I’m not in it I guess 🙂 Especially hearing news of this latest powerful storm – which made the news in Australia too.

    Like the surprises in your winter that you’ve shared – I want to be looking for the special insights God brings us in every season of our lives, and holding on to the beautiful memories of His care, on the days that are harder.
    Blessings,
    Fiona

    • Hi Fiona,
      Your response to the video of winter pics matched exactly the reaction a close friend of mine had. Since she lives in my area, she said that she’d enjoy the winter photos much more during the heat of the summer. So I’m glad you enjoyed a virtual cooling.
      I love how you summed up the take-away message of my devotional: “I want to be looking for the special insights God brings us in every season of our lives, and holding on to the beautiful memories of His care, on the days that are harder.”
      Fellow seeker of His insights and blessings,
      Vicki

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