|Hubby's picture at the waterfall near home|
|My miniature planter trees|
So far this winter, we’ve only seen three snowfalls amounting to 5-17 centimetres (2-7 inches) each time – enough to make everything look pretty and festive for Christmas and the New Year. The latest was on Thursday, but like many Halifax winters, today (Saturday) is milder and showery so I fear the snow will soon disappear. Last night I asked my hubby to take pictures of the snow on my miniature planter trees as they looked so pretty with the Christmas lights. Today I will be removing all but the white lights and I usually leave the trees there until spring when it is time to replace them with some real plants. I’ll do the same with the park bench tree and leave the snowman lights on for a few weeks yet.
|A few of my snowman ornaments|
Inside, I have so many snowman ornaments and winter decorations which I love to leave up until I get tired of winter. Now that I’m beginning to put away the Christmas decorations it looks so bare; keeping the snowman theme going helps to keep things appealing and comforting through the long winter months. Even my Christmas village stays, although it is given a new home on the shelves of our entertainment stand. Some people have commented they like it even better there than on the tabletop setting.
Yesterday, I noticed deer tracks in the snow between our house and the neighbor’s. We live in a heavily populated subdivision, but the deer which live in the woods at the top of the hill continue to explore the community in search of food (much to the chagrin of gardeners in the warmer months!). Last night around 10 PM, I opened the blinds on our dining room window to remove decorations and a young buck with foot-long antlers walked right by me not four feet away! As I called to my husband to come quickly and see, the deer turned and looked straight at me for a few seconds before quietly striding across our lawn and street disappearing between our neighbor’s houses on the other side. I’m always awestruck by the gentle beauty of these magnificent creatures. It brings to mind the verse, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” (Psalm 42:1) If only I was so persistent in searching out the spiritual food that is always plentiful and available in the storehouse of God’s Word!
|Taken on back deck 2011|
When I see those fluffy flakes drifting earthward and covering the world like a wooly blanket, it is hard to imagine anything more spotless, white, and unspoiled. However, there is something that surpasses this illusion of purity. We read in Psalm 51 King David’s prayer of confession and heartfelt petition for God’s forgiveness, “…wash me and I will be whiter than snow…Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (verses 7, 9, 10). I thank God that He does the same for you and me when we come before Him in humility and repentance!
Until next Sunday,
|Welcome, friends, to our front porch!|