Reflections by the Sea: Winter chill

Published 10:22 am Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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By Betsy Ore Glass

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation. – I Peter 2:2 ESV

Winter has made its appearance. And it seems to be lingering on and on with ever fluctuating temperatures and changing weather patterns. Snow will be showing up before too long casting that white glisten over everything. We have had our fireplace on to stave off the winter chill and it has helped. And setting out birdseed for our feathered friends gives me joy in this wintery chill. I long for a few lukewarm days soon. We just have to have patience.

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Do you ever feel like your faith is lukewarm at times? I have felt that way before. So busy with chores and life, that the Bible goes unopened. But we should follow the scripture today and “long for Him.” God would rejoice by having us be on fire for Him. Like a furnace with just a small spark, we can ignite our faith by learning how to put our trust in Him and grow spiritually. There is so much to learn. If it has been a while or if you have never read the Gospels, go to the New Testament and start with Matthew, then Mark, Luke and John. We can grow that spiritual spark into a blaze. God bless.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at or read additional Reflections at