Monday, January 10, 2011

Marvelous Monday

It's a snowy one (again) for us here in the deep south!  I don't really care for snow, but my hubby and at least one of my boys LOVE it!  I hate to clean up the wetness that gets all over the floor.  Not to mention the half froze to death wet kids that come in from rolling around in the snow.  But on the other hand, the joy on their faces (big boy and little ones) is enough to make it worth it for me!

What does my dislike of snow have to do with a Marvelous Monday?  Glad you asked!  What makes it marvelous is that even though I dislike it, I make the choice to embrace it because of the joy it brings to my family.  This brings to mind some of the commands that God has given us that I may not 'like' to follow all of time, but I have to make the choice to obey them because that what I'm called to as His child.  Like loving my neighbor as myself (or more than myself).  You haven't met my neighbors!  Just kidding, kinda, but there are just some people that are hard to love.

He didn't say I have to like them, but love them.  Pray for them.  Help them if I have the chance to.  Put their needs before my own.  Wow...that is just hard to do.  But thankfully we have a helper ready and able to jump in.  The Holy Spirit is living in you and me.  He is there to help us when we don't think we can do it.  We don't have to.  We can ask God to help us love our neighbor (or snow, ha ha) and the we can choose to DO it.

So love your neighbor today...even if they don't deserve it in your eyes.  When it comes right down to it none of us deserve the love that He has so lavishly bestowed on us.  Happy Monday :-)

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”  Luke 10:27


Lisa said...

We may not like all of God's commands, but they are all for our benefit. I want to be obedient in all that He commands.

Heidi said...

I hear you... we took the kids skiing yesterday and I do not ski, but I go along because it's what they all enjoy. It's something God has given us to do together as a family and I always blessed by it. Same goes for the basketball games :) Even though these are things I wouldn't do alone, together with my family it is always great fun. It is easy to put the needs and desires of my family ahead of myself... but the neighbor, the stranger, the homeless that is sometimes hard, but you're right it is what He has commanded us to do. I have found the hidden blessings that exist in loving the unlovely and it is worth the effort! Great post, as usual :)

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Allison, I'm right there with you on the snow. It's beautiful to see, and the kids love it but it absolutely kills my business and causes me lots of extra work at home. Like you though, I try to embrace it for the happiness it gives to my children, and the time I get to spend with them enjoying it.

Like you, I also work to obey God's Law, and to bring those rules and values to my children. They certainly aren't always easy to follow, but they are there for our eternal benefit.

Have a Blessed Day!

Kimberly said...

(visiting from Magic Monday hop)

We used to live in Ohio. My 3 boys miss the snow. I do not.

We are in California now. We had a cold snap a couple weeks ago, It got down to 40 and rained.

Kelli said...

Love the cute pictures! I can't believe all the snow down south right now! Mom said Hartsfield airport was closed today! You are right about loving other people. Jesus did tell the disciples the two most important commandments were to love God, love people! Hope y'all have fun in the snow!

Ross said...

Glad I found your site. I often find those challenges to be the same with my kids. Isn't it amazing how God uses our kids to speak right to us! Hey I wanted to ask do you like Blog Frog. I'm looking at getting away from BlogCatalog because I'm finding too much spam?

Allison Morrison said...

@Ross- I don't look at Blog Frog anymore really because of the Spam. Liked it at first, but not now