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White Is Only White...When It's Clean!

Today, I am enjoying the peaceful quiet in my home.  My children are visiting their Grammy, and Hubby is in town...so it's just my Joel Clarkson CDs, the household cleaners and Me. There has been a stench in the kids bathroom lately, and I have not been able to clean it enough!  So today, after scrubbing it down well, I grabbed the caulk!  As I caulked around the comotion (as my daughter calls it), I realized how dingy the base boards were...so off to get the touch up paint.  What is profound to me, is the fact that I have already dusted and wiped down the baseboards, and yet as I begin to paint the bright white paint onto the tops of them...I see how discolored they really are! Couldn't stop in the bathroom...so I am now freshening up other "white" paint in the house.

White is wonderful!  When you come to my home, you would see white cabinets and trim.  I think it is a crisp look against the colors on the walls, and of course...I think it looks clean. It is, however, labor intensive, as everything has to be kept wiped down and dusted.  Although the white in my house IS white...it really isn't in comparison to the bright white it once was when it was first painted.  Over time the dings from furniture and children and the dust and dirt have discolored the brilliance of the white.   As it is juxtaposed with the blues and creams on the wall, it retains it color, but as the bumps and bruises are removed and a fresh washing of white is brushed over them...it becomes brilliant again!

My life is like that white paint. In comparison to the dark world that surrounds me, I appear to me clean and brilliant. It is only when the Father gently cleans the cobwebs and dust, and reveals the Perfection of Christ, that I see the stark reality of my dinginess!  It is an ongoing pursuit to live in the light of Christ. To show forth HIS excellence is what I long for.  To be a reflection of His Perfect love and grace.  I know that even my dingy white can shine into the darkness as I strive to represent the Lord, but I long to have the dings and dust removed.  To live as white as snow...to be clean and holy before the Lord.  That can only be accomplished through HIS blood...

 "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as

snow;though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

"Many shall be purified, and made white..."

                                        Isaiah 1:18 & Daniel 12:10a

If this dark world has left you dingy and banged up...run to the one who will wash you and paint HIS glory all over your life.  Let Him make you a new creation. Let Him dust away the old...You will be white as snow...

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White as Snow

My son took this picture in our front yard...not as much snow as the back...but beautiful just the same!

This morning when I woke and peered out of my sheets, I beheld a beautiful, rare sight...snow covered branches and grass. There was gentle flakes still falling down. Again...Texas...this is RARE. I love the whiteness. I love how "clean" it looks. It covers all the mud we have been tromping around in for weeks. It makes the old table behind my house look charming again.
I got out of bed to go outside to listen to the snowfall. I am, and probably always will be, a Texas girl but my heart lives in the mountains of Colorado. I can't explain how snow sounds as it gently lands on branches. It's far different that any other kind of precipitation. And the smell...could it be any better...that cold, crisp scent of snow?
As I watched and listened to the snowfall, I was reminded of a scripture I read on Tuesday. Revelation 7:14b "...and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." What a picture. I was thinking about how the snow covered a multitude of ugliness. In the same way, Christ's blood covers a multitude of human ugliness. Hallelujah! What stuck out to me the most was that His blood doesn't melt away when it gets warmer outside, or we are in the fire of temptation, or when we've messed up! It remains. It's the filter through which the Father see us. He sees us as the beautiful bride in her white dress...waiting, preparing, longing for Him. Even when our dress has a stain...He sees the Blood of the Lamb that washes us white as snow. "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they be red as crimson, they will be as wool" Isaiah 1:18.
I want to take a snapshot of the trees in my mind and apply it to my heart. To see myself as God sees me. If we remember what we look like, we begin to act in that manner as well. Now that's food for thought.
I'm going to load cameras with batteries for my children to take pictures, make a hot breakfast and enjoy this beautiful day.
Blessings to you all as you go about your day!
Katie

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