In the winter we keep the temperature of our home at between 66 and 68 degrees. When we’re up and moving around its comfortable and if we are sitting and feel cold we just put on a sweater.
We installed a new furnace a couple of years ago to replace our 35 year old one and have enjoyed paying less for heating with a more efficient system.
This winter our basement family room and bedroom are always the coolest places in the house, winter or summer, but this winter they seem to be much colder than usual. Since we spend a great deal of our homeschool time there its been challenging. We’ve had a fire in the fireplace almost constantly, checked for leaks at windows and doors, running a little space heater, but it still seemed colder.
Since our home is 3 stories and heat rises, we always open the third floor vents in the summer and close the basement vents and do the reverse in the winter. Last night Eric happened to look up and see that the ceiling vent for heat/AC wasn’t opened. At first he thought we had just forgotten to open one but we soon discovered that none of the vents in the basement were opened.
That just might explain why it’s been so cold there.
There is a parallel in our Spiritual life, and this has been a great teaching opportunity for us. We’ve had a real hands on experience of what happens when your heart grows cold and you close yourself off from the Lord. It is one of the great advantages of homeschooling that we can use real life experiences as teaching tools.
Mat 7:7 says – “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
You could have a new Bible, great devotional material, a special place to have a quiet time with the Lord, but unless you sit in that chair, open and read that Bible and devotional material, spend some time praying and listening your heart will be as cold as our family room has been.
So, if your “vents” are closed – go open them like we did.
Now for the winner of the devotional: And the winner is Renee Skeate – I’m choosing to use Experiencing God Day by Day by Blackaby. I’ve ordered it and am ready to use it after my 21 days of A Life of Gratitude by Shelley Hitz . I’ll be giving you my favorite devotional – My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
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