Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The benefits of snow

I had lots of time lately to think while moving lots of snow around. I started to think of the benefits of snow:

It looks wonderful

It reminds me of the bible passage that says our sins will be made as white as snow

It gives us good exercise

We can help our neighbors

We see more of our neighbors outside

Sometimes the children get off from school and sometimes they help their exhausted parents and neighbors with shoveling

Some people get off from work. For those who work at home, they do still need to work, but it's a good time to thank God that you have a job.

It helps us appreciate warm weather all the more.

What do you like about snow? What are it's benefits?

 See more photos on our dog Toby's post:

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Bring Potato Chips

Someone shared this story with me by email just recently. Then, in the Sunday School class I teach, we read this verse which I thought goes well with is:

Matthew 5:16 (NIV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Bring Potato Chips
Take 60 seconds to read this story. It will give you time to settle your brain, gather your thoughts, calm down, and finish your week off on a positive note.

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a big bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer, and started his journey.
When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer, when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..
When the boy opened the door to his house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? He's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, "Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied "I ate potato chips in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!