I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." ... Philippians 4:12,13
We had forty-eight incredible, sunny degrees so I washed my kitchen sink window then opened all the others and the red door, too, and switched on the ceiling fan and remembered what warm weather feels like and how it inspires my brain.
Then I walked around the block and b-a-r-e-l-y made it home.
Gah. While I unlocked the back door, this new ditty taunted me:
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice laziness."
Alas! Although it's wonderful that Neighbor Mike shovels snow for us, I also see how valuable my previous 33 snow-shoveling years actually were: they kept my back strong.
After recuperating, I stepped outside again to pick up fallen branches then sat upon our sunny steps and basked and dreamed of Spring-to-be because it is coming even though today, oh dear, we're due for a blizzard and 12 inches of snow.
Will I complain? No, for that's March in Buffalo (and besides, the Complainer's Group's quota is filled). But Winter's grip has weakened and so I'll choose faith over both cabin fever and worrying about Tom who'll be travelling home from work with thousands of others at the peak of the storm.
Today in the snow, I'll clasp a Meantime Happiness and thank God for the sweet taste of Springtime He sent us yesterday. That Hope made visible. His timing was encouraging, perfect, but then, it always is.
"May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2
Maintaining a good attitude in the midst of something unpleasant is the key to victory.
What God wants to give to you will get to you; stop trying to take hold of what He hasn't handed to you yet!
This week Tom and I finally saw the movie, 42.
Loved it, although I cried through nearly the entire thing. Prejudice always boils my blood and makes tears, like steam, escape.