Cold on the outside, warm on the inside

There is no denying that we have had some pretty chilly weather this week, but despite the cold we must continue with our daily lives, which for my family now includes going to church on Sunday. I am not going to lie and say that this is something we have practiced religiously every Sunday because that is just not true.  

Before I had three children, I used to attend church every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning. It was undeniably easier when I just had to worry about getting myself up and ready. Despite the chaos of getting the four of us ready in the mornings and the longing to just stay in bed a couple of extra hours (especially when it is cold outside like it has been), it is even more important now than ever.  

See, I now have these three little souls that I am responsible for. I am responsible for getting them out of the bed and making sure they have the opportunity like I had when I was their age to learn about God and develop a personal relationship with Him. I am accountable for that.  

Last week I touched on how grateful I was that God chose me to be their mother, but in doing so He also entrusted me with this special responsibility. He gave them to me as a blessing, but that blessing also comes with a heavy responsibility that goes beyond their physical and emotional needs. It goes beyond making sure they are fed, clothed, sheltered and happy. This responsibility also includes their spiritual needs, as well.  

This past Sunday, Emerson, Ashton and I attended church and for the first time I was able to witness Emerson really participate in the service. She followed along with the scripture, she stood, kneeled and sang her little heart out. Following the service, she asked questions, some of which I did not know the answers to but would happily find out for her (and myself).  

All of this made me immensely overjoyed as a mother, but it was what she said after her lengthy list of questions that really filled my cup.  

She said, “Mom, I am freezing on the outside, but I feel really warm on the inside.” 

My friends, that is what you call the warmth of God’s love.  

No cozy fire, fuzzy blanket, or hot shower can fill you up and warm you from the inside out like God’s love can.  

Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide, long, high, and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” 

No matter how crazy or hard life gets, no matter how many Sundays of church you may have missed, no matter how far you have strayed, He is always there ready for you to receive His warm embrace with arms wide open. It will be given generously and freely not only during these cold, winter days ahead, but all 365 days of the year.  

So, I encourage you today to find some time to bask in the warmth of God’s love.

(Paige Nash is a mom and digital journalist for The Webster Parish Journal.)

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