Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Living Like It

   Today is a beautiful spring-like day where I live. I'm thankful that we have had a mild winter. Except for a few snow flurries and a strectch of frigid weather last week, I can't complain about the cold. I'm so sorry for those of you who have had one major snowstorm after another. I know how difficult it can be to dig out from just one snowfall and I'm praying for you.
   I have felt really good this winter. January and February are usually the hardest months for me. I barely can drag myself out of bed; leaden with a heavy blanket of depression. But this year has been different. I don't attribute it to the mild weather we've had. I attribute it to the forced time of sitting because of my severe back pain a year ago. With nothing else to do as I sat, I turned to Jesus and spent more time in His presence, praying and reading the Bible.
   This may sound crazy, but even at Christmas I noticed a change. It was a feeling of being in the stable, kneeling at the feet of Jesus, worshipping Him with the shepherds. All of my life before, I had merely watched the Christ Child from a long distance. I have been praying for a while that Jesus would make me into a new creation. Recently I have realized that I already am that new creation. I just need to start living like it.
"For you are children of the light and of the day; we don't belong to darkness and night. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation", 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 8. NLT


  1. Hi Peggy,
    I so needed to read that scripture today!
    Thank you, and God bless~ Lisa

  2. Such a wonderful report, Peggy! I've no doubt God's healing touch has been a powerful balm through these winter months. You've sure come a long, long way. Well done!


  3. Praise and thanks that you have started this new year with a joyful attitude Peggy; glad to hear your are feeling better and trust in His protection! Love the verse you referenced...:)

    Blessings and love,

  4. Nice blog! Thanks. This winter I had less of a winter blues! Let us thank God. He was merciful to us :-)

  5. I can really relate to your realizing you are a new creation! It was life-changing for me to finally see who I am in Christ, because of His life in me! I don't have to 'try harder' to be a new creation! It is a done deal! For me, the tricky part is believing it, accepting it, living in the power of the Holy Spirit. But the days of beating myself up are becoming fewer and there are more days of enjoying His life in me.
    But I am jealous of your spring flowers! We are covered with snow and have been since the middle of October! It hasn't been frightfully cold for long periods but it has been snow-covered for a long time! I am thankful for the days when the sun shines and that I have finally discovered vitamin D. Most of all I am thankful for the Son!

  6. Hi Peggy~I don't visit often but I am going to have to change that. Your posts are always a blessing to me when I do. So glad to hear you had a good winter. Depression is tough. I oft times suffer with it to. Lucky for me I have a job that I must go to daily. I am learning that sitting at His feet is the best place to be...I just do do it as often as I should!
    Blessings to you...Chelle

  7. Love your word picture of being in the stable, worshiping Him! You have a beautiful testimony!

  8. What a difference it always is when we learn to be still and know Who He really is...Praying for His strength to always be yours sister!