When it’s really cold, and because we have a house comprised of concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows across the back, we have a difficult time keeping the temperature comfortable and even without draining our propane tank dry (and our bank account, for that matter). This winter, Kevin decided to try wide-coverage infrared space heaters, strategically placed around the house, and keeping our fireplaces going all day.

When we bought the house, the fireplaces were fitted with Heatilator units. They are heavy, black, cast-iron inserts that have a forced-air blower at the top. Honestly, neither of us were crazy about how they looked, and even considered having them removed so the firebox openings would be bigger. But, deciding we’ve give them a winter to see how they worked, we let them be. We’re so glad we did, because the heat they put out from even a small fire is amazing.

Any fire is going to put out heat, but when there is something intentional that takes that heat and blows it out to a broader range, it warms so many more people. It’s like us, really. We’ve had a Fire placed in our hearts, a Love that burns bright and hot. Certainly, it warms us, and puts out a heat to those closest to us, but we have to be intentional about blowing it out to a broader circle.

It’s a freezing world out there. Blow out that heat, and you’ll find that we’re all keeping each other really warm.


His word burns in my heart like a fire.
    It’s like a fire in my bones!
I am worn out trying to hold it in!
    I can’t do it! ~ Jeremiah 20:9 NLT