Proverbs 31:21 - When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
They say that if you have cold hands you have a warm heart. However, it doesn’t warm your heart if you’re hands and feet are so cold when exposed to low temperatures that they turn blue and are numb.
Your fingers, toes, nose, lips and ears can feel numb and turn white or blue in cold temperatures, and bright red with stinging pain when they heat up. The trick is trying to keep your body at the right temperature.
It’s like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks liked the bowl of food that was not too hot, but not too cold. And the bed she chose to sleep in was not too hard, but not too soft. Everything had to be just right.
That’s how it can be when you suffer from a disease called Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Raynaud’s causes your blood vessels to narrow and spasm when cold and limits blood supply to the areas of your body affected. Stress can also bring about a Raynaud’s episode.
Medicinenet.com has an excellent article titled, “Raynaud’s Phenomenon,” which discusses the symptoms of the disease, testing and treatment.
Though this can be a painful condition to live with, the proper medical care and using measures such taking prescribed medications and wearing gloves and warm clothing when in cold weather, can limit the affects of it.
That’s what the Bible verse above was about - A woman who her family could trust to keep them in warm clothing when it was cold. Let’s be like the Proverbs 31 woman and take the steps we need to live with this chronic condition.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.