As in many other parts of the country, winter has shown up here in full force, and as you can see this southern girl is having to learn a thing or two about snow.

First: It doesn’t come in thin, icy layers like it does in Arkansas, so a shovel and broom are needed to clear my driveway and car (sometimes daily!). Second: Hats, gloves, scarves, and several layers are essential. And last but not least: A hot cup of tea for the road is no longer a luxurious option—it’s a must! :)

Without these tools and winter garb, I wouldn’t be able to drive or survive up here! And for the cold fronts that overwhelm us in life God has supplied us with the means not just to survive but to thrive: the Word of God.

A few words come to mind when I think on the beauty of Scripture:

     Permanent — God’s Word never grows old and His message never changes (1 Pet. 1:24-25). It is perfect and complete (Ps. 12:6).

     Promise – God has declared His love for us (Ps. 103:17) and has guaranteed to those in Christ a future full of life and hope (Heb. 6:11-12).

     Permeates — Like a two-edged sword, it cuts through the callous heart (Heb. 4:12), and reaches even the far corners of the earth (Prov. 25:25).

     Practical — It is applicable for all situations (2 Tim. 3:16) and gives us instruction on how to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel (Col. 1:10).

You may not be one to make resolutions, but let this be the month you begin to prioritize time in the Word if you haven’t already.

That coat you put on each morning can be the reminder of the Savior who clothed you in a robe of righteousness.

When you sip that piping-hot beverage (chai tea, anyone?), give thanks for the love the Father fills in you.

And if, like me, you find yourself occasionally buried under feet of snow, rejoice in the Spirit who covers you with His overwhelming, all-sufficient grace.

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