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When We Complain About the Weather!

This is Pink’s answer for you Paul.    Sorry I’m just the messenger.  🙂

 


When we complain about the weather!

(Arthur Pink, “The Sovereignty of God“)

“He spreads snow like wool;
He scatters frost like ashes;
He throws His hailstones like crumbs.
Who can withstand His cold?
He unleashes His winds, and the waters flow.”
Psalm 147:15-18

What a declaration is this! The changes of the elements are beneath God’s sovereign control. It is God who withholds the rain—and it is God who gives the rain . . .
when
He wills,
where He wills,
as He wills, and
on whom He wills! “I also withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest. I sent rain on one city—but no rain on another. One field received rain—while a field with no rain withered. I struck you with blight and mildew; the locust devoured your many gardens and vineyards, your fig trees and olive trees! I sent plagues like those of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword . . . says the Lord.” Amos 4:7-10 “The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them. At His direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever He commands them. He brings the clouds to punish men—or to water His earth and show His love.” Job 37:10-13 Truly, then, God governs the elements!

Earth and wind,
fire and rain,
hail and snow,
stormy winds and angry seas
—all obey His omnipotent word—and fulfill His sovereign pleasure! Therefore, when we complain about the weather, we are, in reality, murmuring against God!

Let His Word speak once more: “The Lord does whatever He pleases throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain, and releases the wind from His storehouses.” Psalm 135:6-7


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Good News / Bad News

Yesterday we had a field trip to a Birmingham news station ABC 33/40.  It was my kindergartener’s first “official” fieldtrip.  He was looking forward to it and enjoyed it, especially standing in front of the green weather wall giving the weather and seeing himself on TV.  When asked by the support group leader afterwards about whether he liked the trip he said “Yes, but it was boring.”  Augh!  Kids!  See in his mind it didn’t compare to his “job of the day” which had been flying airplanes.  But by the day’s end we decided things would have been too wild around here if he had really “liked” the field trip and not been bored, since everything has revolved around news in his play and conversation.

We came home and that same child moved his small plastic desk to the den, got his toy laptop, a notebook and a large state map.  He was making his news desk!  He stood against the wall pointing to arbitrary spots on the blank wall saying “Tuscaloosa has thunderstorms.”  “We have little rain.” “They have lots of rain.” ….  For a change, I actually let the children sit down to watch a bit of the news, typically they’ve not watched much but weather.  It did help that we knew the first few stories for the day’s lineup – Toyota, New Mayor, etc.  Of course, we still had to turn the TV off during commercials.

After watching the news anchors, of which he remembered seeing some, he sat down to write out his news broadcast.   Now he can’t spell too well yet, mostly just his name, MOM, POP, DAD, but he can write very creatively spelled words.  So he wrote a page of words with just a handful that could be recognized.  It was full of ABC 33/40 which he can spell!  But don’t tell them that it also had FOX 6 on his same news cast.  After getting his news all written out he informed me it was time to “Preach his news!”

What?

But then after thinking about it what would you expect.  A five year old who has averaged three sermons a week for the last five years.  To him anyone talking like that is preaching.  And actually “preaching the news” is rather accurate isn’t it.

That night as we headed to church, he was still talking about “preaching the news” and mentioned that his dad was going to be preaching that evening at church.  One of the older kids piped up and said “Well, Dad was preaching the ‘Good News’.”  The baby, never at a loss for words, retorted back:

Yeah, but I preach the ‘Good News’ and the ‘Bad News’!

That led off into a discussion of what value is the ‘Good News’ of the gospel of Christ and salvation if we forget the ‘Bad News’ that we are sinners in need of salvation.

So be sure to preach the ‘Good News’ and ‘Bad News’.

Here is your forcast given to me this morning: 

“Your forecast for today is light snow in the north.  Ice in Alabama.  Thunderstorms in South America.  Birmingham will have ice and thunderstorms in the middle.” 

Hope he’s wrong on some of that forecast!



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Brrrrr !

Weather has been an issue this past week.  We have been below freezing since Friday afternoon and have more days of freezing still to come.  Keeping liquid water for the Goats, Chickens, Dogs, Cats and Fish have been challenging.  Thankfully, we were able to get heaters for the water that has worked well so far.  Keeping the house water thawed has also been a challenge.  The master bath hot water line in the shower froze Saturday night, which of course wasn’t the coldest night expected.  Nothing like standing in the shower with a hairdryer heating the wall and running the house heat up to get it thawed.  Thankfully, it did thaw by evening and we have since kept it thawed by leaving the shower door open, bathroom door closed and draining that water line at night.

We still have wintery precipitation expected for tomorrow which might make things much more interesting, especially for driving and power outages.  No real warm up expected until the middle of next week! 

But we made it to exactly 32.0 degrees today!  Is that above freezing, below freezing or just freezing?  :0   We decided just plain freezing, inside and out.  Of course, the temperature is dropping rapidly at this point in the day.

I’ll take a little more global warming myself.

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