Schools closed yesterday for the snow. Mark was home because of the snow. Everyone had the day off.. including me. With temperatures well below freezing, no laundry could be washed. See, poor insulation+ cold temps=frozen pipes and no laundry. With 2 big labs and 2 spaniels, dog hair and dirt made cleaning a no win battle. Two kids and one husband bored with cabin fever made it impossible to say, “No” to anything fun. Thank God for snow days.. right????
This year’s Arkansas weather has been strange..well I mean…a winter wonderland. Yesterday, we got 7 inches and northwestern Arkansas got up to 25. Never in my days has Arkansas seen so much snow!!! The entire state has been blanketed with the white fluff!! Again.. unheard of!! Even our mail didn’t run! We have consumed a lifetime of snow cream this season. Yummy! And we have kept the hot chocolate makers in business even in the recession. My 13yo declares, “I hate snow!” My 9yo screams, “Yippie, No School!!”
And to think just the other day, I was a holy terror and pouting because the schools were closing!!
If I hadn’t come to my senses.. I would have missed snuggling with Fred, Ginger, Domino, Stuart and Mark at the same time (makes the king size bed seem really small).. winning a long and intense game of Phase 10.. witnessing Justin Bieber Fever… watching snoozing dogs take over the couch…and all around goofiness that cabin fever brings!!
Last night, I went into the bedroom, closed the door and opened my Bible. In the midst of the snow-fun-filled day, I began to wonder about all the hopes and dreams that I envision for my entire family. I wondered if indeed my children will chose the career path that God lays before them. I thought about the time I wasted wanting to leave the world of teaching and didn’t have the nerve to do it. I admired Mark for doing something he loves and the company he works for that supports, cares and encourages him..quite the opposite of my former places of business. I began to wonder if my choice to stay home and write was..
I ain’t going there!
I quickly looked down at the Bible. And this is what God pointed out…
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume you know it all. Run to God! Proverbs 3:5-7 The Message
Satan likes to trip us up in our thinking. He loves to plant seeds of doubt, worry, and fear. The more I allow him to sneak these seeds into my thoughts I will find myself stuck and unwilling to budge. Is that what God wants from me?? No, I don’t believe so. God warns us to be on guard 24/7 for Satan’s trickery. I can allow a day off from my household duties, but never can I take a day off from God. If I do, Satan will take advantage.
Then I had to pray..
I’m trusting you Lord from the bottom of my heart. I don’t want to figure out everything on my own. I will listen for your voice… in everything I do, everywhere I go…Keep me on track. I want my focus to be on you!
Beware, Satan, I know what you are trying to do!
Well, I hope you are enjoying all this snow! If I had a snow shovel, I wouldn’t know how to use it.. so it is best I sit tight until spring!! Besides, then I would miss the sparkling snow with the sunlight dancing on it….