Sunday, January 8, 2017

Drastic Temperature Swings 12-17-16

Overall we've had a mild winter thus far but when it does get cold....oh my! I've lived in Texas most of my life now and have seen how the temperature can plummet in just hours but this season the weather seems to have yo-yoed more than I ever remember. One day we're wearing short sleeves and the next its insulated underwear!

The week before Christmas was like that. We had a few days of upper 70's and actually reached 80 before an Artic front came through and dropped the temperature nearly 50 degrees within 24 hours!

You know me, I had been watching it closely. Making sure I was prepared and my animals were
prepared. I got out the horse blankets and made sure the tank heaters were working.

It came through about 11AM. Behind the front the air was bitterly cold and the wind brutal! I had planned to go with a group of churches for a city outreach in our part of town caroling and praying for anyone who would let us. We were supposed to meet at 5:30pm.

I went to feed and blanket horses around 5 that night. Ugh, even with my insulated coveralls the wind cut like a knife!

I got the horses blanketed. I send a text to the person in charge of the outreach and asked if we were really going to do this. I was hoping she would say no but I was wrong. Geez, well, I'm not going to be a weeny. If they are brave enough to do it I'll go.

I'll be honest, I didn't have a very good attitude in the beginning. I had thoughts like "who in their right mind would even come to the door on a night like this to listen to people who can barely carry a tune much less come outside and receive prayer!"

(As you can see by the time it was much later than when we were caroling but it was pretty close to this same temperature when we did)

I must admit I was shocked at how many people actually came! And while we were out caroling, several people did open their doors and come out and many received prayer!

It wasn't until on the way back to a warm building and some hot chocolate that I allowed God to deal with my heart. He showed me that this group of people really loved Him and really loved our city and were willing to sacrifice being uncomfortable to show it. I asked Him to forgive me and thanked Him for getting to be a part of what He is doing in our community.

Have a good one.


  1. The weather temps have been crazy! I would wonder too about going caroling and even hope they'd say no. But I'm glad you went and survived the cold and felt closer to God and better for it.