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Sunday, February 14, 2010

That’s How I See My Bride

I’m from the deep south, ya’ll...Georgia born and bred. So when the weather forecasters predicted snow for this past Friday, I nodded my head...said "uh hum"...and kept right on working.

Southern snows are about 95% flurries...with slush and mess...and empty diary cases at the local grocery store...

Another 4% accounts for actual blizzards...with businesses shut down...power outages...and general mayhem...

The snow we had on Friday was from the remaining 1%...

Soft and pure...

Fresh and clean...

A wonder to behold...

Children were elated...and grownups became kids again...

This perfect snow was a rare and beautiful sight...

Saturday morning came and the freezing temperatures had kept the winter wonderland pristine for an early morning gaze out the window...

The snow was so white and so bright, that the reflection of the morning sun’s rays created a brilliance I had never seen before. My eyes actually ached from trying to focus on the radiant beauty...

The words to that old song “White as Snow” went through my mind...

White as snow, white as snow
Though my sins were as scarlet
Lord, I know, Lord, I know
That I'm clean and forgiven

Through the power of Your blood
Through the wonder of Your love
Through faith in You
I know that I can be
White as snow

Then the Lord spoke to my spirit...

“That is how I see my bride...that is how I see YOU...”

All the mistakes...

All the bad choices...

All the times I turned my back on Him...

All the black, ugly sin...

The slush and mess...

Covered by His precious blood...

Now a beautiful sight in my Jesus’ eyes...

Dear Lord...I thank You for Your perfect love...Your gentle mercy...and Your spotless sacrifice...You took my dirty, messed up life...and washed it white as snow...please fill me with true love and compassion, Lord...so when someone looks in my eyes...they see a reflection of You...in Your sweet, lovely Name...amen...

Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 (Amplified Bible)

I am still on hiatus for a few more weeks, and will be visiting your blogs soon. My journal is filled with scriptures that have been laid on my heart to share with you at some point.

My dad sent me some pictures of the snow that my cousin Melanie had taken that are breath taking...after watching her slide show entitled “God’s Artwork”, I knew now was the time to share this post.




28 thoughts:

Julie said...

Loved your heart posted here... Loved what Papa God spoke to you... I concur.... it is truth....deep, deep truth!

SO good to see you.... look forward to your return!

PS. We got snow too, in fact more is headed this way tonight... or so they say!

melanie said...

Simply beautiful. So glad to read your writing again.

Carrie said...

very well written!

Tammy said...

Living up north I view snow totally different but after reading you post, you've made it appear beautiful!

I'm glad to see you're writing, again.

love and hugs~Tammy

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes glad to see you back, and the beauty of the snow, I agree. Got some great pics, will post them later.
kim

A Gracious Home said...

I loved your post and want to say AMEN to it. I also know what you mean about snow. I'm in central AR and we seldom get snow and when we do it only last a couple of days. The one we just got was 6". It was so beautiful. Everyone really enjoyed it. I was here for a week at least. I don't think we will see another like it for a long time. I hope you have a wonderful week. Doylene

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I enjoyed looking over your blog
Great blog title
God Bless you
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A Gracious Home said...

I have been spending a lot a time with Mama. She's 82 now. I just got back from a two week visit. She had leg surgery on some bad veins. Her computer is getting old and is so slow I get behind in visiting blogs when I'm there. I enjoy all of your posts. Doylene

christy rose said...

Beautiful post Karen! It is so amazing how His Love by His blood has washed us as beautiful and pure and the snow. That is how He sees us because that is what His blood did for us. Just amazing!
It was wonderful hearing from you again. Enjoy the rest of your time on hiatus and come back refreshed and ready to reflect Jesus from your heart and eyes. :)

Andy's Bethy said...

Oh, I've missed you! I love that old song. Perfect for this weekend, and for this post.
Can't wait until you are back "for good".

Faith Imagined said...

I would have loved to have the pure white snow here in Corpus Christi, but I'm glad I have the spiritual snow over my sins!

Amen! Thank you for this beautiful, biblical metaphor!

Jerralea said...

Karen, I so enjoyed this post. Good to see you again!

I love that His blood covers all my mess ups just like the snow covers all the ugly marks on the landscape! I especially enjoyed the scripture you chose to go with this post - it's always been one of my favorites!

Just Be Real said...

Karen, simply beautiful. Blessings. Enjoy your time off.

Cathy said...

I so enjoyed your beautiful post, Dear. And that slideshow was lovely. I'm looking forward to having you back from your time away. Blessings ~

LisaShaw said...

I've missed your heart and penetrating sharing dear sister. Glad I was able to visit. Loved your message!

Love you.

sarah said...

this is so beautiful. HOpe you're enjoying your time off.....

Jackie said...

Thought I'd pop by and see if you're back in your blogging grove.......

Since I'm a Georgia girl born and raised and now live in Northern Arizona where we get snow, I really enjoyed your post.....I remember those rare occasions when we did get a few beautiful flakes!! Loved it!!

Blessed by the scriptures and your thoughts.

Look forward to the scriptures the Lord has been stirring within your heart!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

Marsha said...

So good to see you back, even if it's one post. It's a beautiful portrait of a post.

Blessings my friend. May the Lord continue to renew your strength.

Melissa said...

So beautifully well said! So encouraging to me!

Faith Imagined said...

Just beautiful!!! I love the images you planted in my mind!!!

BTW, congratulations for placing in the "Cup Overfloweth Blog" over at Internet Cafe Devotions!!! You bless us!!!!

Peggy said...

You're BACK!!!!

Blessings Karen...I'm so glad you're back. I have to admit that I did not yet read this...because I'm so excited. I have missed you so much!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Diana said...

Blessings!!

Come see me soon.

Angela said...

hat is how I see my bride...that is how I see YOU...”

All the mistakes...

All the bad choices...

All the times I turned my back on Him...

All the black, ugly sin...

The slush and mess...

Covered by His precious blood...

Now a beautiful sight in my Jesus’ eyes...

this spoke volumes to me and made me think of the picture I posted in my post this morning....

congrats on being nominated top 100!

Joyful said...

God's Artwork was beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

Joyful said...

Hi,
I have an award for you on my blog.

Critty said...

What beautiful thoughts on the snow fall. It was gorgeous! I am a Georgia girl too! So howdy :)

Congratulations on being in the Top 100 at the Internet Cafe. After reading your post I can see why! Beautiful.

Patricia said...

Hi Karen, what a lovely post.

Congratulations on making the TOP 100!

Blessings!

LisaShaw said...

Hi beautiful sister,

Came by to say congratulations on Top 100 at the Internet Cafe and all glory to the LORD for how He uses you to bless all of us.

I love you and I pray the favor of the LORD walk with you always.

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