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I am guessing that many of you are hearing the same kinds of reports from your friends and family that I am, reports like:

  • I have my electric blanket warming up my bed! I’m hoping the power holds at least until my bed is warm.
  • My sister-in-law’s power is still out. She guesses it is in the 40s in their house.
  • My husband’s plant might be closed all week.

Those are paraphrases of real messages and conversations I had yesterday. Like so much of the country, Tennessee is in the throes of a real cold snap with beautiful ice and snow.

Tuesday in our area of Tennessee

Last night I decided to see what the Bible says about cold. The first time the Bible uses the word cold is in Genesis 8. Cold was one of God’s promises to Noah after the Great Flood.

While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

After seedtime comes harvest—and then seedtime again. After cold comes heat—and then cold again. After summer comes winter—and then summer again. After daytime comes night—and then daytime again. God is in charge. He is taking care of the world. He is providing what we need.

I am sorry if you are suffering from the weather today. I am praying for God’s protection for you and your family.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart triumphs,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalm 28:7



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  1. We got hit hard down here in Texas too. My household is thankful not to have lost power or had any water pipe issues but so many have. We’ve kept an eye on elderly neighbors, given rides when we could and made sure to remain available to help others. Honestly I love Winter but I’m almost ashamed to be enjoying something that has hurt so many.

  2. Over 1.3 million people were without power here in north Texas.:-( People lost water, heat and light, as well as internet. Stores have no bottled water nor milk. It’s incredible the fallout that can happen as a result of a storm—Texas is just not built for this kind of cold. We, too, feel almost guilty because we have not lost power nor water, but at least that made it possible to have a houseguest here from MO for a whole week when he got stranded here! Wish we could have done more for others, but people couldn’t even leave their homes because of the icy roads.

    • So very hard! Ray and I have spoken with friends and texted with my aunt in Plano, so we have heard a bit about what it’s like out there. Glad y’all are ok, Betsy. So great that you were able to help the person from Missouri.