Snow is coming down again today. I’ve been sitting in the den with my big cup of coffee and gingerbread creamer looking out at the trees, birds, waterfalls flowing into the pool, and beautiful falling snow. I am welcoming every single savoring moment of this beautiful, cold, glory day. So white, so beautiful, so clean, so gentle, so hushed, a reverent hush.
It has been an unusual week in Texas. We plummeted from the 70s last Saturday to the 20s today, thunder sleet and ice on Monday and Tuesday. And this little guy came to visit one of our feeders as it began to sleet.
A beautiful “accumulating snow” yesterday and more snow and ice predicted through this Saturday. Only in Texas. That snow yesterday only lasted until afternoon when the sun poured out light and 45 degrees melting every single bit – but today it’s here again for just a while and I am loving it. God is showing off this week as the Heavens continue to declare His awesome glory and showering us with gifts from Heaven we just might miss if we don’t pause and give thanks for the moment.
Take a moment, even a few moments today and find some beauty. It’s really easy to take a moment to reflect on how God has blessed us. Are you savoring His beauty? Are you delighting in His beauty? Are you seeing the wonders of His love today in all those blessings He puts right in front of you? Are you missing them? Find some things and be awe-stricken by what He has given you. Think about the “stuff” – the “little stuff” of life – the things you look back on now that happened long ago.
Here are some things this week I have taken the time to praise God for:
- This hot cup of coffee with gingerbread creamer. I bought several of those creamers and stuck them in the freezer so I could enjoy them for many months to come. YUM!
- My hubby coming in after a hard’s day work this week and making it home safe on a couple of days on icy roads.
- My hubby leaving in the morning and savoring a hug, really hugging before he walks out that door. This week I have spent some extra special moments making that hug last a little longer – that kiss a little sweeter.
- Getting out on a snow day to run errands with my daughter and grandson yesterday and lunch together and she treating me.
- Hearing that new grandson really cry when he got hungry. He’s only 3 weeks old and holding him – answered prayers for a child we thought would never be born.
- Unexpected messages from friends checking up on me because well because of things with my health.
- Texts from my kids with pictures of the grandkids this week.
- The reminder to slow down and see those microscopic moments that provide only a taste of who He is
- That hot pot of soup I made last night enjoying every here in the moment – cutting up squash, onions and spinach and cooking for the man I love and the new pasta dish I am preparing tonight.
- Snow dripping from my rooftop after the sun popped out and the sun shining knowing I could get out on the streets and go pick up my daughter.
Snow moments cause us to pause and reflect on His majesty.
In One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp I read this. “I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. Why would the world need more anger, more outrage? How does it save the world to reject unabashed joy when it is joy when it is joy that saves us?”
“The very face of snow is such an amazement.” Roger Ebert
When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.
-Lady Bird Johnson