Saturday, January 9, 2010


dear emily,

we have had the longest cold spell that i can ever remember.
ponds have frozen over for the first time.  our swimming pool
even has an inch or two of ice.

ironically, our freezer blitzed out because the inside iced over.
in a short time, our food and even the freezer drawers were iced
completely shut.  the freezer was too frozen to do what it was
made to do.

i couldn't help but think about the times when my heart has become
cold through pain, selfishness, or sin.  i couldn't love those dear to
me or accomplish any of my necessary tasks well. it was difficult to
even get out of bed.  my heart felt as if it were made of stone.

ezekiel 36:26 says that He will give us a new heart...that He will
remove our heart of stone and give us a tender, responsive heart.
who wouldn't want that?

back to the frozen freezer....we had to leave the door open all night
and blast it intermittently with a  blow dryer and space heater.  you
can imagine the eventual pools of water, towels, buckets, hard work!

i think our hearts are worth at least that much work.



Anci said...

No, I don't know any German bloggers. I don't know why, but I haven't seen anyone yet.

Have a lovely day


Sunday said...

it's so cold here that we use our windowsill as a freezer :)
Maybe you and dad should try that!

christin said...

I found your blog through AhavenforVee. She loved it and so do I.
So nice to hear encouraging words. They're so important, and not used nearly enough.
Very inspiring.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Thanks for your visit. I genuinely think that the idea of your blog and the thoughts you express are really clever and inspiring. You may have a broken upper case 'I' which can sometimes take away from what you're saying, but really, you have no reason not to be proud of your blogs.

myletterstoemily said...

ha ha! i awoke this morning thinking about your solid advice for writers to use upper case letters appropriately.
you are so right!

when my five children forced my to use the internet, i decided that i would only use capitals when referring to my heavenly Father, His Son, and Their Holy Spirit...a small gesture of honor, i guess.

my son, isaac, and you are the only two people who have ever mentioned this! you are in fine company, because he is a capital guy!

it is an honor for you to read my posts. i am looking forward to
another installment of your book!

Rosidah Abidin said...

Beautiful and uplifting words. My mother is currently in the hospital because of her kidney. I just read your comments on my blog. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I can just see those puddles ... the cold weather this year sound horrendous. I also like the analogy with thawing a hard heart.

Elissa said...

Thanks for leaving a post on my blog. I began reading your blog and i have to say that The first post that I read (this one) was EXACTLY something I needed to hear. Dont want to go into too many details but I truly think you coming across my blog and leaving a comment which of course brought me to yours was a true blessing from God. Thank you so much!

Angela said...

That was so good, It truly is so easy to get consumed by all that is going on and miss out on hearing the Lord when your heart is cold, I pray so often Lord please keep my heart tender in tune to you. Thanks for those words, I really needed to be reminded of that