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February 17, 2017

Inspirational Message
by Paul T. Kraker, Creative Arts Pastor

Oh how my southern friends love to text me their 75° sunny winter forecast. Fortunately, I like wintertime. What is your favorite season? If you are like many others, your choice is not winter. Most people opt for the new life of spring; the sun and fun of summer; the brisk feeling of autumn, when leaves change the landscape from green to hues of red and gold.

But winter? It’s cold. It’s cloudy. As Ohioans, whether we like it or not, we have no choice but to go through winter. We cannot avoid the physical cold, but the heart can be warm.

For me, a blue-sky winter day reminds me that my motorcycle will soon be rumbling! I’m also reminded of the hope that spring is just around the corner. Life, like the gray cold days of winter, can leave us needing a bright blue-sky reminder. The unreasonable pace of work, kids, and activities can leave us wondering if “life is good” is just a tee shirt slogan.

Most people know the importance of spending time with God, but in the business of life, sometimes it’s just hard to find the time. Schedules fill up quickly; work consumes our thoughts well into the night, family, friends, and sleep. How do you fit it all in? It’s time for a reminder.

I recently read, “If you don’t have time to read the Bible and pray, you are busier than God ever intended you to be.” Here’s one of my favorite blue-sky Scriptures: “The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and He will refresh your life with His love” (Zephaniah 3:17 CEV).  Don’t be so busy that you miss out on the refreshment of God’s love. Carve out a little reminder time each day.

On a side note, as of this writing, there are only 39 days ‘til spring!

Grace & Peace,