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Dreary weather plagued the previous week, I began to feel like a drowning soul with no sun and warmth on my skin. The rainy days passed and once again, the sun returned. Why do I doubt that they will return? As sure as the night falls, the morning rises for yet another day. Yet, I doubt during the storms and I doubt against the cold wind that blows during my day. I’m working on it-the ability to feel the sun even before it rises. Unfortunately, I am visual.

Living the words that I know require more of me than hearing them or reading them…

2 Corinthians 5:7 

For we live by faith, not by sight.

I know what the sun feels like on my skin. I know how it feels to have the breeze from the ocean whispering into my soul -The place where I feel small, but a part of something larger than any of my rainy days. I know the peace that passes all understanding, I have felt it, embraced it.

I can never fully experience joy, unless I have experienced the opposite. The rainbows of this life only come after the storms have passed. A promise of a better day ahead, lies on the horizon. Yet in my times of doubt I still know that I must keep looking up, instead of watching my feet take the steps. Unknown paths, places I prefer not to walk. If I refuse to keep placing one foot in front of the other? I stay in the storm, stand in the rain. I know me well enough to know I can’t stay here.

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

I know that Spring follows Winter –  regardless, just as much as I know I can’t dismiss having joy without sorrow. I’ll wrap my arms around the joy and I’ll struggle through the sorrows. I’ll battle in between the parts that I can change, and that which I cannot. I will waiver at times, I already know this because I am human like you.. but as long as I continue to look up? I will eventually see the sunrise, the promise that lies in the moon and stars. Grace will lead the way (it’s NEW every morning!) and there will be provisions for this journey.
Here’s to looking up and moving forward…

Lamentations 3:22 :  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

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