Snowy, winter weather is a funny thing.  On calm days, the snow floats down and makes everything so clean and white.  I feel like I could stand outside and watch it for hours.  On blustery days, driving becomes a nightmare and the last thing I want to do is to go outside and watch.  Snow can be a beautiful thing, or it can be hazardous.  The difference is the atmosphere that is associated with the snow.

    Our lives are similar.  To one person, a certain situation may be peaceful and serene, to another the same situation may be the last thing they want to see.  The difference is the atmosphere we create when we find ourselves in those situations.

    The good thing is that we can form the atmosphere in which we live.  In Joshua 1:9, God tells Joshua, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (KJV)  He is being told to not dwell on what he sees, but instead, change the atmosphere of his situation by dwelling on the promise of God.  It is by standing on all the promises that God has provided for us that we can effectively change the atmosphere in which we live.