Friday, January 11, 2013

The Bright Spot in my Day

A friend and I were talking tonight about how depressing it is living around here during the winter.  It gets dark so early and the landscape is dull and grey.  We are stuck inside most of the time and our bodies aren't getting as much activity.  The sun doesn't shine quite so bright.  I find myself forgetting to open the curtains some days and it feels as if I am in a cave.  I have to fight with myself to stay out of a funk.  I have to try not to sit down and curl up in a blanket, because if I do, I may not ever want to get up.  I don't want to sound all depressed on you, because I'm really not an easily depressed person.  I say these things because they are reality and sometimes I just need to put it out there.  Every day though it seems God shows me something that will perk me up from my funk.  It may be my daughter's smile, or a hug from my son.  It may be a fire in the fireplace warming our home.  It may be the ray of sunshine slicing across the living room floor that beckons me to come lay in it for a moment.  It may be the deer wandering through our backyard.  Or it may be the beautiful cardinal we spy outside our school room window that we all just sit and look at for a few moments until it flies away.  It's the moments that get me through.  And that's what I'm trying to remember.  I'm pausing to soak them in so that they can restore my spirit.  So's working...

What's cheered you up this week?


  1. Thanks for sharing these happy little slices of cheer. The cardinal is beautiful! Hang on for a couple more months, friend!

  2. Shawna... Perspective is EVERYTHING here. Brett and I love how LONG it stays light around here, compared to when we lived in Chicagoland. In Chicago, we were on the Eastern edge of the time zone. Here, in cincinnati, we are on the western side of the time zone. In Chicago, it seemed to us that it was pitch black by 3:00 on those dead of winter days, and here it feels like it gets dark at 4:30. So we're grateful for how much longer it stays light here in winter.


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