4 Truths to Warm Your Soul This Winter

by Katy Kauffman


Pain. That’s what I associate with winter, even in North Georgia. If I’m not careful, the cold can bring pain to my hands and head, and it can cause sinus infections that last for weeks. The cold temperatures translate into four or five layers of clothing; a colorful array of gloves, scarves, and hats; regular doses of hot chocolate; and watching movies underneath my snuggie (a soft, blue blanket with sleeves).


I’m a sunshine girl, so I also have to guard my attitude from turning as gray as the clouds above. Yesterday the fresh snowfall lit up my study with a radiant white light. It’s nice when God gives us some sunshine in the midst of a cold winter.


The soul has its winters too. We go through periods of isolation, coldness, or seclusion. Life’s trials can weather us, causing our joy to fade or our strength to diminish. But He who releases heaven’s storehouses of snow also shares with His children treasures of joy, peace, and grace. Do you need a little more warmth this winter?

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Be Still and Know: A Guest Post by Michelle Adserias

Today a gentle snow falls. Large clusters of flakes tumble earthward, holding hands and dancing to a muted tune only they can hear. It must be warmer today. I put on my coat and head down the snow-cloaked road.


It’s so quiet my crunchy footsteps resound irreverently across the wintry expanse. When I reach the hilltop, I stop. A profound stillness envelops me. I strain to hear something … anything. There’s nothing—not the rustle of crisp, brown oak leaves, not the cheerful call of the chickadees, not a whisper from the wind. My whole world pays silent homage to God.

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Living His Peace

Do you have a “word” for 2017—some action or reality that you are shooting for? Like “seek,” “grace,” or “unity.” It’s funny that my 2016 word appeared the last week of the year.

Yesterday I realized that my word for this year is “peace.” I used paint pens this fall to draw a verse on a small piece of canvas (as seen above), a verse that I love every time I see it sitting on my desk.

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Peace

by Adria Wilkins

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
The Lord be with all of you.
II Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

Light filled the hospital room where our little boy, Blake, was getting ready to go home. He’d never return to our home in Texas again, with his Peter Rabbit-themed room. He was going to our heavenly home.

Blake, who was born with spina bifida and other complications, died in June 2001 at age three. As each day unfolded in his little life, we found out that he couldn’t breathe, eat, or swallow on his own, and he couldn’t talk. Fifteen years ago our son, Blake, took his last breath. The sky was blue with just the perfect amount of clouds that day. We wondered with each shallow breath that he took, if it would be his last. We told him, “Go home, Blake, it is okay, go home.” A peace filled the room—a peace beyond all understanding. ...

 

 

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The Confession

In the stillness of the night You hear my cry

You know the battle in my soul

I give the fight all I have and try

To bear the rigorous toll

 

You embrace me in my weakest moment

You remind me of Your great love

In my daily predicament

I know I have help from up above

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Disarming Enslaving Thoughts

The mind is a constant battlefield. Satan knows that if he can influence us with negative thoughts, he can influence how we live. He can steal our peace, rob us of our impact for God’s kingdom, and send us into a tail spin of mental bondage and emotional turmoil.

Enslaving thoughts used to frighten me. As a teenager, I wanted to honor God in my mind, so when I heard bad words on TV or in movies, I was paranoid about remembering them later. Later in life, I allowed a certain way of thinking to dominate my thoughts, and I experienced a barrage of attacks from the enemy. I felt like there was no way out. I couldn’t escape my own mind, and although I knew God was powerful enough to free me, I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do.

But God was faithful. 

 

 

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In Safe Hands

I kept watch over my loved one all night. My family was in the hospital for ten days about a month ago. The first night there, I could only sleep for about thirty minutes in the hospital room recliner, and then it became someone else’s turn to attempt to sleep. I sat in a backless computer chair near the hospital bed and watched my loved one breathe in and out as he slept. I watched and prayed.

 

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

What kind of relationship does Jesus want with believers? How does He describe Himself in John Chapter 14? What does He promise us, and what does He want us to do?

John Ch. 14  The Relationship Built on Trust

.1-6         Believe in Me:   “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6).
v.7-12     Believe Me: “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (v.10).
v.13-14  Believe Me: “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (v.13). ...

 

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Overcoming Fear with Peace – A Guest Post by Carol A. Akin

God’s plan is that we do not live in fear, but rather enjoy His peace. In fact, I’ve heard many times that there are 365 times in the Bible that we are encouraged to fear not or do not fear. This leads me to a couple of key assumptions:

  1. God knows that humans are frail (after all He made us from dust) and are inclined to fear.
  2. We need constant reassurance that everything is going to be ok.
  3. He loves us and desires that we live in peace, free from fear.

 

 

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Finding Peace

“The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11, NKJV

Peace is a beautiful word. I once pictured peace as gentle waves lapping onto a shore. Since I’ve seen a little more of life’s struggles, now I picture peace as a calm heart in the midst of a storm. I understand from experience that even though our circumstances aren’t trouble-free, we can have God’s peace on the inside. He does calm storms (Psalm 107:29). Either within or without. ...

 

 

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