Monday, January 19, 2009

January's Determination

Winter just likes to hang on. It is a great lesson in: Determination. It knows it's course and it is going to run it. There are no surprises. We know what to expect of it. In December when it is 20 degrees we complain how cold it is. By January and it has been minus 10 and minus 20 degrees, we look forward to the days when it is again 20 and we say, "It's warm out today." That too is a lesson in determination.
The hardest part is being home bound, stuck indoors. How I long for any sign of a Spring flower to force it's way out of the earth. Until then, we wait, we shovel, we keep warm. That too is determination.

Monday, January 5, 2009

As I sat in my special writing spot that morning of January 1, I saw the tiny lights I had strung up, shine upon the simple diamond in my wedding ring. Oh how it sparkled, and from such a tiny light. A little bit of light made a hard rock glimmer with life. Well that is how it is with me. I am often a hard rock and I needed just a little bit of light to make me shine through this difficult challenge.
Realizing that shingles are often caused by stress in ones life, I all of a sudden became very aware of the things I talk about to my husband. Like he is the trash can for all my negative woes, the weather, the kids, the bills, the drivers. I saw how I needed to heed what comes out of my mouth. The Good Book says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
I pray for light in my heart this year, it often gets a little dark down there.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

January 1st, 2009
A Diamond in the Tough of Life.

It's always exciting, and scary to start a new year. There are so many expectations and hopes. There is the good and the bad. As life would have it, the Bible says, as sparks fly up so go the troubles of man.

With that said, we enter in the New Year half way through with my husband having shingles. For anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of them, you know this is no was to start the New Year. Perhaps we are getting the bad out of the way right off the bat.

This did sneak up on us. We thought all the aches he was having was pain from pulled muscles from shoveling snow. Ah, snow. It continues to be a snowy, cold winter here. As the weeks go on we tend to adapt. That shows us how multifaceted we are to changes in our life; like a beautifully cut diamond in the light.

Help us Lord to be strong as you head us into the New Year. With each cut that life may put upon us, help us to shine through.