Last week during one of the cold snap days, I discovered two toads floating helplessly in my little pond. I carefully stepped to the back of the pond and one by one lifted each toad out.
Before taking them out I noted how effortlessly they floated in the pond. It looked rather peaceful. A big toad floating up top the pond water, bumping here and there into the sides and occasionally moving their front legs to position.
I noted how cold each toad was, but that made sense because toads are amphibians and are cold-blooded. I set the first one down and he hardly moved. So upon retrieving the second, I cupped it in my hand and blew my hot breath over him for a few minutes.
Once I was satisfied I had done enough to prepare them for life back on soil I let them go. They crawled slowly back under my hostas.
Do you ever find yourself with cold Christianity? You are just floating along, not really putting in too much effort? I find that I can do so well for a period of time. I get up early, read my bible, pray, and meditate on His word throughout the day. Then one day, I get up late, don’t get the time in, and shortly it becomes a series of days, then weeks that I am not spending with the Lord… I’ve gone cold.
Like those toads, I need to be warmed by God’s word. I need my environment to be filled with prayer and meditation- warming my heart and my mind. In doing this I can “hop” out the gospel in what I am doing wherever I go.
-Working with you to consistently keep my “Christianity” warm and moving so I don’t grow cold.
Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.