Part 2: Beauty In Unexpected Places

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For the story behind the title, see my post, Part 1: Beauty In Unexpected Places.

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As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11

 

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The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.Psalm 74:16-17

 

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He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that all men he has made may know his work, he stops every man from his labor.Job 37:6-7

 

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Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding. – Psalm 148:7-8

 

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He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.Psalm 147:16

Puffy Pink Parka

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Brrr… this winter has actually felt like, well… winter. For the record, I am so ready for spring. In the meantime, I am thankful for my P.P.P., short for puffy pink parka. First, you can’t miss the color: the stand out in a crowd (i.e., never get hidden from view in a snow storm), but hopefully not too obnoxious, pink. It is down-filled which cushions me in a layer of warmth. Let the storms rage. I can grab my P.P.P. and venture outside, knowing that I will be safe, warm and comfortable.

Do you have a P.P.P. for the storms of your life?  The elements of this world can be harsh.  Can we venture out, fully prepared to handle what comes our way?  This is my spiritual P.P.P.: People, Power and Praises. Surround ourselves with people that keep us accountable and cheer us on. Power: not the expendable type subject to reliability issues.Instead, the inner strength from the supernatural and the divine. And praises. If we can praise God in the blinding storms, then our eyes are on our future with God and our hearts are filled with joy to carry us through those storms.

Right now, are you thinking I missed a really significant “P?” That would be prayer, of course. Why didn’t I make it P.P.P.P.? I like word plays, but pretty, puffy, pink parka is too much of a mouthful.  More importantly, prayer is the common thread weaving people, power and praises together to make it work in our lives. People to pray on our behalf. Power in answer to prayers. Praise in our prayer time with God.

Be careful out there and stay warm!

Ephesians 6:10-11

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

 

 

Verses with a pattern of three:

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.