Every now and again I need to visit my "happy place". Personally, visiting your happy place is like a shot in the arm or better explained, a good dose of Vitamin D. Not that the Vitamin D element doesn't happen periodically where my mailing address is located, but that vitamin is in abundance in my hometown. Yep, my happy place for the next few days is where I was born and raised, the State of Virginia.
It is a little crazy how the sun pops out when we cross over into the southern states, but yesterday on our drive to Virginia to visit with my mom the sun was so warm in the car we needed to open the vents and turn off the heat! It might be a little silly for a grown woman to get so excited about the sun, but in the winter months the days (although getting a bit longer in minutes) can grow long and those seemingly hard emotional burdens grow a bit heavier.
I am fully aware that the memories and remembrances I have of growing up here encompass hardly any negativity. It's just the way the mind has of getting rid of the bad and only focusing on the good. It's the warm thoughts of Sundays worshiping with all my friends, singing in the choir, playing with the neighborhood kids in our backyards, hanging out with my best friend, sleepovers, football games working in the concession stand, cheering for the high school team, the sock hops, Sunday dinners at my Grandma's and on we could go. The list would still be in the process of being written.
That's why you continue to explain for the 100th time the building and places you pass by as you enter town again and the family rolls their eyes because they've heard it over and over. But you can't help yourself....it's part of who you are.
So for the next few days I will smile and remember. I will reminisce with my mom whose dementia decreases as we talk about days gone by. We will laugh and share and enjoy those memories as only we can because we lived it together.
May God bless each one of you with warm thoughts that will envelope you as an enjoyable blanket on a cold winter's day!
This line came to me as I read a report listing my "Best Bits with Fitbit" for 2017. My Fitbit was a gift from my hubby last Christmas. Although I don't wear it everyday, somehow all the totals were calculated and sent to me. So here's the report:
I had a total of 938,974 steps; 386 miles and 166,424 calories burned! Now as I thought a little deeper about this, I figured out I have covered the distance in miles from McMurray, Pennsylvania to Lynchburg, Virginia in a year! And those calories....I should weigh about 110 pounds....sadly, I don't!
It does help to increase my desire to burn more calories and walk more miles this year. Hopefully, the weight will go down, but that's probably a pipe dream. Anyway, I'm blessed to be healthy and I'm excited about new goals for this new year!
May God bless each of you with a wonderful week.....we are experiencing a warmer trend in weather....the snow is melting and it's getting close to 50 degrees! Seems we go from negative temps to 50 degrees in a matter of days! Well, my Fitbit just told me I have 10 minutes to do 210 steps! Here we go!
Looking out my office window at the snow falling, I am comforted by the fact January is half over! Yep, those Southern genes come full force to the surface in winter! I'm a balmy sunshine girl although I do like the occasional scenario of bad weather outside, warm and toasty on the inside, and curling up with a good book. It's hard to imagine those days of sun, green grass and birds singing when the weather is anything but appetizing. It is of comfort, however, to know that "this too shall pass" as spoken by some great person somewhere in time.
I am so blessed to be able to teach at our church throughout the next couple of months and because of that opportunity, I've been studying a lot. I simply can't wait to share with whomever God places before me the beautiful nuggets of spiritual insight He has shown me. To be honest, the colder weather and snowfall has encouraged my studying!
So on we go, my friends! Just wanted to share that this winter month is half through and the days are getting a bit longer.....minute by minute! Stay warm, study God's Word and dream big for outside projects and gardening adventures!
As I looked at the picture above I was reminded that often the journey of life can be reflected in this scene. Often filled with uneven, muddy surfaces that seek to cause our feet to loose secure footing, we look to the right and left and all we see are insurmountable mountains. Our view grows dim and we wonder where is the Light of the World? Where is the One who loves us and sent us here to earth in the first place? What is this journey supposed to accomplish? Are we being significant for the cause of Christ?
Have you had days full of questions that can't be answered? Is there another possible way to view the situation in which you find yourself? Perhaps pick up your head and see the blue skies and the sun above knowing that the Lord of all Creation has an unfolding plan. Those beautiful mountains iced with the frosting of snow display the artistry of our Lord God. And the mud....maybe it is proof that the earth has once again been watered and another season is on its way....that of Spring.
God loves us....this I know. He has a plan....even if we can't see it, hear it, or know what it is. He hasn't abandoned those He loves...God knows where we live, who we are by name, the talents He graciously gave us and the job He has for us to do. What do we need to do? Stop doubting and complaining, quit whining and pray. And watch what happens....
I don't know about you, but Tim Conway is one of the most hilarious people I know. Lately I've been listening to old outtakes from the Carol Burnett Show and this one has to be one of my favorites....and the one about the dentist! So for a little humor on a cold, windy winter's day....here you go. Enjoy and laugh....till it hurts!
Although that's a different title for a devotional, this particular song played numerous times over the Christmas holiday as Gary and I tuned into a station that bore the name, Holiday Traditions. Countless couples have sung this song together over the years and we were surprised each time we heard it by different duo.
I honestly think the song was foreshadowing the cold temperatures we would be experiencing throughout late December and now January! It is freezing here in Pittsburgh and it doesn't look all that warm and toasty in the southern states. As a lot of us might contemplate a quick trip to the Virgin Islands to warm up these bodies, I often think that this is a great time to bundle up with a good book, a cup of your favorite warm drink and just "veg out" as the expression goes.
Just as God rested on the seventh day from creating the world and everyone in it, He did so to give us an example of a term we often pay no attention to....RESTING! The grass is dormant, the trees are bare, the flower bulbs are hibernating and the earth is taking a snooze for the next several months. Why shouldn't we?
My suggestion during this time of extreme cold is to think about an inside project you've been wanting to accomplish. Perhaps a book or two you desire to read, or that elliptical is staring you down each day as you pass by and needs some company. Whatever you have been putting off once those Christmas decorations are all packed away, make a quick list of a couple of items and get to it! Always wanted to paint? Have one of those adult coloring books laying around? Need to find new recipes to enhance your cooking skills? There are numerous things we can do to fill these cold days of winter; however, don't let the day go by without talking with the Father and reading from His Word. He just might have a great message for you and a way to spend these cold days!