How Surviving a Snow Day Is Like Getting through a Spiritual Drought by Jessie Weaver


First of all, you have to know that I am not talking one snow day. I’m talking two weeks where my elementary-school-aged child has gone to school a grand total of 8.5 hours. She is distraught. I am stir-crazy. My preschooler went once for 2.5 hours. In two weeks! I pay for him to go to school!

I’m reminding myself that this is the consequence of living in a very large county with mountains. And in the midst of my stir-craziness and feeling like I cannot possibly find one more thing in our apartment for my three children to do, I find myself thinking how getting through a fortnight of snow days is an awful lot like finding your way through a spiritual drought.

At first, it’s not so bad. Maybe fun, maybe you do things you don’t normally do. Eat ice cream for breakfast and hot chocolate with lunch; loll in bed for a few extra hours. Forget that these things bring repercussions. After a little while, though, you start to feel desperate. Where can I hide? Why can’t I seem to buckle down and read the Word without distractions? Why does every hour seem so long? Why why WHY is my head swimming with questions God won’t answer?

And then, you approach the end. I am sincerely hoping and praying for a normal, 5-day school week this coming week. (It is March, after all. And the South. Thus it should be SPRING.) And with the knowledge that my kids will be going back to their normal school routines, I want to hold them a little tighter. I enjoy their presence a little more. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I see things through that glowing pinprick instead of under a magnifying glass.

When a spiritual drought is ending – when we start to feel God’s presence again, get comfortable in the Word and in prayer – there is a sense of sincere relief. There is growth. There is knowing you learned something during the snowstorm of your soul. You dig out the driveways of your heart and get ready to emerge, better for the journey.

I hope if you’re going through a spiritual drought right now, you’ll remember that there is light and hope. It is coming.

And if you’re going through a season of snow days … my prayers and thoughts are with you.

“Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:5


photo source: Shawn Carpenter. Used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons. 

Stage Your Own Winter Olympics at Home

Snow Fight
source: barnabywasson

I take it that in most parts of the country, the snow is getting really, really old. We had some last week, about three inches, which for Tennessee is EVERYONE STUCK INSIDE OH NOOOOOO worthy. My daughter’s preschool was closed, the school where my husband teaches was closed, and we were as stir-crazy as mice in a maze.

If you’re still buried under snow, you have my condolences. And maybe your kids are already tired of playing in it. But if not – or if a few new ideas might get them back out there – this would be a great week to have a mini Winter Olympics for your family.

Start It Up

Bake some gold medal cookies for prizes, announce the times to the household, and even consider having an Opening Ceremony. Everyone can wear their most patriotic outfit; the winner can choose which event is first.

Let The Games Begin

Here are some ideas for potential events.

  • Snowball Shotput – Make a row of evenly sized snowballs. See who can throw theirs the farthest or closest to a certain target.
  • Snow Hurdles – Make 5-8 basketball-sized mounds of snow. Participants must jump over each one without disturbing the snow. Fastest time wins.  (Idea from Spoonful.)
  • Snow Sculptures – Everyone gets 10 minutes to come up with the most elaborate or realistic snow sculpture. Get a neighbor to judge.
  • Tic Tac Snow – Draw a grid in the snow and play tic-tac-toe with twigs for x’s and pine cones for o’s. (Idea from Parents.)
  • Luge – Dig out your inner tubes from the summer stuff and use them to ride down a good hill.
  • Snow Dancing – Get creative! Points for best costume, jump, or musical interpretation.

Closing Ceremonies

Award medals and treat everyone to a hot chocolate bar or a hot meal from the slow cooker. Don’t forget to take pictures as you go along!

Let us know in the comments if you have any more fun event ideas!!