Walking in the Rain

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Walking in the Rain

Putting one foot in front of the other

is sometimes all a person can do

during a dreary spell of life.

Or is it?

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I like to be gentle with myself during the dark days of winter.

Not every coastal winter day is rainy and gray.

But, oh, so many are just that.

Dull.

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And I remember a melancholy season in 2001

when I let my faith wither

to the point of forgetting to be

thankful.

I learned a lesson

when that dull spell turned disastrous.

Within days I was stationed at a hospital bedside.

My baby daughter was battling pneumonia.

I repented of my lack of thankfulness;

 prayed fervently for my baby; and rejoiced as she recovered.

Since we had a private room,

I even sang a few songs to her.

She was too young to notice I didn’t have musical talent.

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Be joyful always;

pray continually;

give thanks in all circumstances,

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Now when the dull days of winter oppress me,

I press back with

faith, thanksgiving, and praise.

I don’t want to repeat that lesson.

I’ve been teaching my daughter, by example, to find things to be thankful for–always.

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Walking in the rain

knowing the sun will return

umbrella of faith 

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Wendy ❀ 2015

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I realize my daughter didn’t get sick because I was ungrateful.

But that experience has stayed with me,

and I’m consistently more thankful.

What are you thankful for today?  

I’m thankful for a dear blogging friend, Natalie,

who included a poem of mine in one of her lovely posts.

If you haven’t met Natalie yet,

then you need to get on over to her blog.

Here’s a link: Natalie’s blog

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Rainy day blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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Wendy & Kara

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I was so honored when my teen daughter

 asked me to do the photo booth with her.

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