4 Ways to Make the Most out of a Storm

4 Ways to Make the Most out of a Storm

But 4 Ways to Make the most of it

With the snow and high chance of freezing rain we’re going to cancel church this weekend, January 8th. Since we won’t gather corporately for worship, let’s make the most of this weekend anyway. Here are four ways you can make the most out of weather like this:  
 
1 - Make Memories with your Family or Friends
Last night Jessie and I decided to make the most of this and headed up to larch mountain with one agenda: find some snow to sled in. The only problem is we didn’t have sled by the time we driving up there. Luckily we got ahold of some friends, stole the sled, and they even had us stay for dinner when we dropped it off. It was a beautiful night filled with laughter and good food. We had no idea that’s the memory we’d walk away with, but that’s what happens when you get out for a little adventure. 
 
I smiled as I watched videos of a couple Rise families skating on their frozen lake: 
I sat in awe at the beauty another family captured as they went out to the falls: 
 

A video posted by Kyle Stillman (@saintkallday) on

The point is this: use this craziness to make some memories with your family, friends or loved ones!
 
 
2 - An Opportunity to Live on Mission
We want to view every relationship and situation as an opportunity to display the Gospel. This weekend is a great moment to show neighbors the love of Jesus that extends beyond the doors of our church. This is as simple as finding ways to show them you care. 
 
A few ideas: 
  • Do you have a neighbor who could use a hand shoveling a driveway or walkway? 
  • Make some cozy treats and take them to those who live near you. 
  • If you have a car that does well in the snow, offer to pickup a coworker who doesn’t.
  • Carry an extra coat and pair of socks in case you see anyone who may need them. 
  • Head over to a friends house with some tasty beverages and board games
 
3 - Use this as a time to worship
As much as it may feel like and inconvenience, can we just acknowledge the beauty that God has created in this world?! Just go outside and listen to the sound of silence that comes with snow. So simple, so beautiful. 
 
Use this to make your home a place of worship. Do something out of the ordinary like reading through the book of proverbs and writing down your favorite bits of wisdom, or maybe pick a psalm and memorize it (Psalm 46 would be a great one). One of the best things created last year was the ReadScripture app. It has animated video explanations of every book of the bible. The coolest part? They’re created by a couple Multnomah alumni that live right here in the Portland area. 
 
 
4 - Rest
Let’s face it, all of us go go go just a little too hard most of the time. The Hebrews considered rest to be spiritual, sacred work. So take this time to pause and rest. Resting is different for everyone. Some of you rest and recharge by cuddling up on the couch with a good book. Since so much of my work is with my mind, I rest by putting a good audiobook in my headphones and working on projects around the house. 
 
Some of you will feel stir-crazy the next couple days—but fight that feeling and think of this pause as a gift from the God who is moving us towards our ultimate rest one day. 
 
 
We are called to live lives for God’s glory, our joy, and others good. So let’s make the most of this time by making memories, living missionally, worshiping fully and resting in the goodness of our savior Jesus.