When I was growing up, I lived part of the time in areas that had really cold winters with snow. I remember my father taking down the screens outside and putting up storm windows in their place to help protect us from the winter cold. On the inside, of course, we had curtains.
When we lived in the RV we had to cover the single paned glass windows on the inside really well during the cold weather to keep the warmth in and the cold outside. We also put up plastic on the outside to act as a kind of storm window. Before we put the plastic up, we would get lots of ice on the inside of the window. The plastic outside really helped a lot with that.
When we took the inside covers down during the day, the light could come in, but on the extremely cold days, when we left them on, it was like a dark cave inside. For more of what that was like go here: Living in a Cave or…Baby, It’s COLD Outside! and here: Living in a “Cave” & Let There Be Light!
We are no longer in the our little RV on the hillside. Now, we are in Beit-Shalom (House of Peace) farther up on the hillside. Here in Beit-Shalom we have double paned glass. There are only two places where it has lost its integrity”. One of the patio doors is cloudy and there is an upper pane on our bedroom window that has the outer glass broken. In those two places, we basically have single pane.
I am sure the double pane makes a difference because all the “authorities” tell me it does. However, the practical reality is that it takes SO long to get back your costs for replacing single with doubles that the energy audit programs won’t even touch windows and glass doors! It is recommended that thick winter curtains are a better solution…along, of course, with good insulation.
We have no curtains right now. Plus, we have no main source of heat. The heat pump we put in does not work. We were given a woodstove, but have no money to get it installed. So, we are using space heaters and it is costing us a lot. As a result, we have been taking some conserving measures.
We heat mostly the front part of the house in the day time, typically in the 60’s. (Yes, we bundle up!) The bedrooms and back bathroom are heated at night. Unless we are doing work on the house, in which case, the whole house is in the 60’s. When it gets super cold at night, we keep the front oil heater on half power and about half on the thermostat.See this post for a picture of the oil type heater. Some Winterizing
That keeps the front from freezing. It stays at least in the upper forties. If it is too cold for too long, we might keep it on full simply because it is harder to warm up a house when the walls have gotten too cold.
Another measure is covering the windows with cardboard. For now, the cardboard is screwed or nailed into the wall. I plan on getting sturdy clips so that I can hang blankets instead, but for now we have the cardboard. As you can see, it makes things very dark inside.
This is our bedroom with the lights on. Next is the same view with the light off.
This is the living room sliding glass door. You can see one of our space heaters at the bottom of the photo. Six, one of our manx kitties, is also in the photo.
This is the bathroom window.
Sleeping in a completely dark room makes it more difficult to wake up in the morning. There is very little light to tell our bodies that it is time to get up.
I think the same thing happens with our spirits. If we do not live in the light of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit, then we will fall asleep spiritually and it can be very hard to wake up. Our spiritual adversary wants us sleeping in the dark. He does not want us to be awake and walking in the light of YHWH’s word…either the written word of the bible or the living Word of Yeshua/Jesus. We need to make sure that we are not blocking YHWH’s light to us.
We also need to have a spiritual heat source. Our main source of spiritual growth (what makes and keeps our hearts hot) is the love of YHWH as expressed to Him and to others. We must love YHWH with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths. We must love our neighbors as ourselves. We must love our siblings in Yeshua.
We learn how to love by reading YHWH’s word and by allowing the Ruach HaKodesh to work through us. We grow in that love through intimate interactions with our brothers and sisters in Yeshua through the Ruach HaKodesh. If we cut ourselves off from those interactions…our main source of spiritual growth (our spiritual heat source)…we will become cold in our hearts.
Just as space heaters are not really adequate (or economical) as a source of heat, sporadic interactions with YHWH and the body of Yeshua are inadequate for our being fully awake and alive in the Spirit.
Food for thought…questions to ask yourself. Feel free to answer below if you want.
*Where/what/who is the Light in YOUR life?
*What/who is YOUR heat source?
*Are you alive and growing in YHWH’s love?
*Are you having regular intimate interactions with the body of Yeshua? (Hint…going to “church” is NOT typically intimate interactions. More on that in another post.)