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Welcome to my blog: Today's Lady Virtue. This site is for women--wives, mothers, singles, widows, family, friends, etc.! My heart is to share loving encouragement coupled with timeless truths from God's Word, the Bible, to enlighten, uplift, and empower women of today. At Today's Lady Virtue we're about "Reclaiming Virtuous Womanhood today the Time-tested Way!" Here you will find a variety of posts from poems, to "Put into Practice" principles, to pictures and more! I invite you to voyage with me on the quest to become Today's Lady Virtue.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Covering of Snow: A Picture of Forgiveness and Brand Sparkling NEW

Coverings. What do you think of when I say that word? Bedspreads and down comforters? Green facial masks? Costumes and Dress-up? Women’s hosiery? When I think of coverings, my mind rests on thoughts of “got your back” grace. Anything that refreshes, smoothes over, irons out the wrinkles, and just plain settles my anxious heart down to a healthy place of restful peace. I have come to discover such coverings in my own life, and want to share some of them with you this month.

Today I’ll share about the covering of SNOW. Perhaps it’s fresh in mind because we recently survived a rare freeze here in Austin, TX. That hearkens me back to SNOW DAYS in my girlhood hometown of Midland, TX—where the mere mention of it meant canceled school, ski clothes, making snow angels, and rolling ALL the snow in our yard—both front and back—into one huge snowman. Oh, it also meant hot chocolate and warming by the fire!

Have you ever been surrounded by snow and seen how it covers over everything? It swaddles the dead, lifeless, and barren land that ceases to sprout new growth. Underneath this coverlet, things dark, damaged, broken, or unlovely hide. Or maybe they’re laid to rest, invisible, unseen, and remembered no more. They disappear under the covering of snow and something new appears.

Sunlight’s rays sprinkle hope, promise, and beauty over all creation shelled by snow. Thousands upon millions of sparkles glisten and astonish the eyes. Gasping, my heart jumps for joy! My mouth exclaims, “Behold the beautiful covering of snowit’s a picture of my God’s forgiveness that washes over all our sin—and makes ALL THINGS NEW.”

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Psalm 51:6-8
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Lord, we desperately need our dark and barren places covered over. Your grace and forgiveness through the precious blood of Jesus blankets the lifelessness within us like new fallen snow. Cocoon us, Oh Lord. Revive and renew us from the inside out. Will you help us to view ourselves as you do—forgiven and completely covered with brand, sparkling NEW. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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