Today is such a beautiful day that it is fitting that I should only write of happy things.
Snow is gently falling and my family is safely tucked inside the warmth of our house. No where we need to go today. The pantry is stocked full, a warm fire glowing in the fireplace, and plenty of wood to keep us warm if the power should go out during this winter storm. It reminds me of God. He keeps us safe from the dangers. Sure, we all fall at times, but we only need to reach up and take God’s hand and He will lead us someplace safe. So, today I reach back into my thoughts and remember the happy times, this being one of them.
There are bits and pieces of memories and images, of sandy shores and glorious mountains, of running through the fields with child-like freedom, holding my newborn son, celebrating all the birthdays along the way, and smiles of achievements won.
We should store these times in the front of our minds and think of them often, so we can easily reach them when we need to, when the not-so-good times come too. Grab hold of the good memories and God’s hand, and He will lead you through.
God loves us not because of who we are, but because of who He is.
I have been reading the book of Psalms as my daily devotional this year. I have never read it straight through like this before, but it is the most uplifting and encouraging book I have ever read. It should be on Amazon’s Top 100 list. Simple but pure, no fancy gimmicks, and it’s all free. God had a specific reason for giving us the Psalms, to encourage us to seek His refuge and peace.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. Psalm 5:3
This is one of my favorite childhood images, listening to this record of Guy Lombardo and the children’s choir, while holding the album cover in my hands and wondering about the people inside those windows, safe and warm, happily singing carols. I recently found the album again on Amazon, and today is a wonderful February day to play it and listen and dream.