What would it be like if there were no winter?
...no snow ice cream...
...no snowball wars...
...no frosty giggles...
You want'a build a snowman?
"She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." Proverbs 10:21-22
I'm a mean mommy. You can ask my children. They will answer you honestly, "Yep, she's mean, but...." I firmly believe in corporal discipline and chores (inside and out). It is VERY important for children to learn consequences and responsibility as early as possible. Consistency and determination on my part has produced respectful children who seldom need firm discipline. Don't get me wrong, they are NOT perfect. I worry, pray, lecture... Did I say I'm a mean mommy?
"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15
I also don't allow foolishness in our home. Everything "Magic" and the "Mystical" were banished from our home for a time. Even now, they are guarded with suspicion and carefully censored & analyzed with scripture and historical significance. I don't allow monsters under the beds, in closets, or even dreams. I KNOW this world is a spiritual battle ground. We pray for spiritual protection of our family, home, and property. Occasionally we let something in. Bad dreams or fear are a sure sign. We pray, seek scripture, and purge the home of whatever the invitation was. (Usually a movie.. but there are other things.)
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12
Attitudes can be foolish and even detrimental. Complaining about the weather is a simple example. Without winter, the bugs would be awful. Without winter, the winter wheat would not have a good start. Without winter, the boys wouldn't come in with shiners after an intense snowball war. (Shiner: Our word for a black eye. It's a trophy!) The girls wouldn't make snow angels and Hubby wouldn't beg for snow ice cream.
"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
There is a difference between foolishness and fun. We have fun. Some people may see some of the things we do as foolish, but they don't understand. They see the inconvenience of having to drive to work on icy roads. I feel for them and am super grateful for being a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom). I know the farmers are struggling to take care of the cows who are calving this time of year. (Why do you breed them to birth in the cold?) I know it's hard for the Utility workers to keep our electric lines up and connected when the ice is hanging off them and the wind is flapping them around. (So happy to have propane heat & a generator...)
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." Psalm 37:23
My point? Are you tempted to complain about the weather? Don't. Count your blessings in ALL circumstances. Make the menial meaningful, drudgery a delight, & the challenging a triumph. Stop and delight in what the LORD has done in your life. Catch those fleeting glimpses of His love.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13