This week we are concentrating on staying warm. Our temperatures this week are in the teens and below.... Yes, even below zero at times.
I'm an Oklahoma girl. Hubby is from Mexico. We've lived here nearly 10 years and still have not "warmed up" to these freezing temperatures. So, please excuse me as I step away from my normal duties to wrap a blanky around my baby and hold him a little closer. And when I'm not doing that, you just might find me at the kitchen sink, enjoying washing dishes with my hands under the hot water. And those layers of clothes you see? In my home, it is quite the modern fashion to wear layers these days... lots and lots of them.
If you could be near us, you just might smell smoke on us.... that woodsy, fireplace smell that emanates from our wood-burning stove.
If you could look in my mug, you just might see and smell coffee or tea with honey.
And, when I go to bed tonight, if you could see me, you would see that I have moved my baby's bed out of his room and into mine, right next to my bed. Gotta be sure he is covered well all night.
Yes, it is cold.
But, I am not worried about us. When I wanna shiver, I think about our church people and wonder if they are warm. Most of them do not have cars, so they trudge through the snow and feel the fierce wind in their faces as they walk to catch a city bus. We lived through that our first year here, and it is not a life of ease.
When your thoughts turn towards your missionaries this month, pray for those in cold countries. And pray for their people that they love so dearly, especially those who do not have all of the modern conveniences.... like vehicles and "warm enough" homes.
Now, time for me to go add some honey to that cup of tea that has been brewing...