Happy Winds-Day

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Photo by Kim Lance (Used by permission. Click image for more of Kim’s work.)

Happy Winds-day, as Winnie the Pooh would say. It most certainly is Winds-day lately. My hair looks reminiscent of a five-year-old child who just got out of bed, after a restless night of tossing and turning. Got the picture?

No matter. It was really nice to feel the warm sunshine yesterday. I needed it. I needed it a lot.

I needed the blue sky to remind me that my Heavenly Father is always shining His smile on me whether I feel it or not. I needed the warmth of the sun to remind me that He holds me close whether I can feel it or not.

When life gets hard I feel the cold blast of wet winter storms. I see the dark skies and the oppressive clouds obscuring the light I long for.

But what we see and feel is not necessarily truth. I know it’s real; it’s just not truth. It is feelings.

We were born to rely on our feelings, but that is only beneficial when we are babies. Not when we are adults. If it were, we would never do anything we didn’t really feel like doing. And that includes a long list for most people; well at least it does for me.

Feelings change. Truth does not. And the truth is: your Heavenly Father loves you all the time. Not because you are good or you do well, but because of Jesus.

If Jesus is our sacrifice, then His payment for us is complete. And that means there is nothing else needed for us to be accepted by our loving Heavenly Father who sent Jesus as that payment.

Whether the wind blows cold and is bitter or whether it is gentle and sweet, the truth is you are a beloved child of the Most High. You are valued because of the price of the One who took your place in death. And you are blessed not because of what you do, but because Jesus is our payment. Period.

So let’s all walk around knowing that we might feel like that five-year-old with the wind-blown hair, but in truth we are deeply loved and highly cherished children – loved by a Heavenly Father who really is that good.

Phyllis Keels

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