Good dreary afternoon from my neck of the woods, y'all. The temp is about 38* with rain now on top of the snow and ice that we've had. Now we even have flood warnings out around here. With the melting ice and snow and now all of the rain, it is very likely that some of the low lying areas will be flooded. I am reminded of a friend of mine up in Boston that has 8 feet of snow now. She said someone had written in the snow the word "uncle". I cracked up when she sent that to some of us on a group I belong to. For some of you that don't know what that is all about, I'll tell you. For me, when we was growing up, if you got into a tussle with someone, you might get them in some kind of uncomfortable hold and you would tell them you would not let them go till they cried out "uncle". I don't know why that particular word was the chosen word, but it is what you would have to say in order to be released from that painful situation. So, if y'all are ready to be released from this painful weather situation, we'll try it. With that said, lets all say it in unison. Ready, set, go......"U-N-C-L-E"!!!! Ok, now all's good, right? Well, some of us didn't say it loud enough!!!!! Ok, again, a little louder this time. "U-N-C-L-E!!!!!!" Ok, that was better. We'll see if that does any good.
For sure, some of our friends and neighbors in other areas of the country are really having a tough time with all the bad weather. Snow, ice, power outrages, roofs collapsing, deaths, sickness and the list just goes on and the weather is just unrelenting. Pray for these situations. I pray for them every day. With the little bit that we have been dealing with this week, it has hit home all the more for all the others across the nation and else where that are in the middle of trying to survive all of this. We can't be there in person to help all these people, but we sure can pray for all of them. I DO believe in the power of prayer and it should always be our first line of defense for any situation. I never want to step out in anything, without first covering the situation with prayer and inviting God to go before me and plan my steps. So, I ask God to go before all the people that are troubled with the severe weather and protect them. As my husband leaves every evening for work, I am at the kitchen window watching him go out of sight and praying for his safety in travel and just all around safety and protection while at work, and for health and strength and wisdom and knowledge and skill and every thing he may need to do his job to the best of his ability, as though he is working for the Lord. And this week I have also been asking God to protect him while out in this bitter cold and snow and ice. I have also been praying for those who are alone, and for our community at large.
Sometimes, I think situations like this will happen for the purpose of seeing how and if we reach out to those around us. Sometimes we may be in situations where we can't do much for anyone, and God understands all of those situations. But don't ever think there's not anything you can do to help anyone. Like I said earlier, we always have our first line of defense, our greatest weapon as Christians, and that is prayer. Let's join together and pray for those who need our prayers. God will bless those prayers, I just know He will.
I have some more Bible art to share with y'all today. I hope you enjoy it and maybe even get some ideas for some of your own art.
As I leave you today, I leave you with all the scripture that you have read here. Think about each one and how they speak to you and how they minister to your particular situation. The funny thing about scripture, you read it today, and it speaks to you this way. Read the same scripture tomorrow and it may speak in a totally different way. That is what's so awesome about the Word of God. It will minister to what ever your need is, because it is the Living Word!!!!!!!!
Enjoy the rest of your day and evening. Tell someone you know that God loves them and cares about them and wants to have a meaningful relationship with them. You won't regret and they won't either.
Hang in the Ladybug, the snow will get gone one of these days. Sweetpea loves you bunches.
Till we meet again right back here, God loves y'all and so do I!!!! hugs, Patty