As I set in the quiet of my office this morning looking out at the snow, I quickly start to ponder its benefit to our farm environment. Our farming environment revolves around grain production to support the cattle and ethanol industry. Supplying water to these growing crops has become a point of concern in SW Kansas over the last couple decades. Any time we get rain or snow it ultimately helps in this grain production system that drives our local economies. So, as I look at this snow, I have to be “thankful” for this moisture which is being added to the soil profile. When I think about the benefit this moisture brings to our economy, I cannot help but be “thankful” to our God for providing moisture in such a beautiful fashion.
Yet some will say: Yes, but it is cold, my car won’t go, school is cancelled for the day, I need to turn up the heat in the house. But, these activities are a blessing to those who sell the gas, electricity, tires, and for the children who get a day away from school. It’s usually a matter of perspective!
When I think about why we are here I believe it is to have Fellowship, Relationship, and Intimacy with our Heavenly Father. A good part of this is in expressing our “Thanks” to our Heavenly Father. This is usually done in what we call prayer. In the classes I teach I share that 90% (or more) of our prayers should be thanking, praising, loving, and just communicating with God. We often forget that communication is a two-way process. Part of our prayer life should be in “listening”. We should quit talking and spend some quiet time just listening to our Heavenly Father communicate back with us. This is an important part of prayer and I feel God will appreciate our time with Him when we allow Him the opportunity to communicate back to us. Most people spend most of the time asking or begging God for something but never pausing and listening for the answers.
As we would spend more time Praising and Thanking God for who He is and what He has done, our perspective and the way we view life would change. We would come to see that problems and issues quickly go away and take on a less significant role in disrupting our day to day life. At this point we would be allowing Him to “influence” our lives. Things that bother other people would no longer bother us.
Matt: 25-34: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? .... 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Blessings to you as you Praise and offer Thanks to our Heavenly Father!
Chet Wiswell, Elder.
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