2 Corinthians 3:17

Soaking Up the Son

Today I gave gratitude for the first full day of sunshine in a week. It was glorious waking up this morning and seeing those golden rays!

Although I had a full day of indoor activities planned and didn’t have much time to sit in the sun, I was grateful nonetheless. After a solid week of soaking rain, the sun’s warmth brightened every room and lifted the gloominess I had been feeling. I heard so many birds singing and I watched from our kitchen window as the spring’s first fledgling sparrows tested out their wings and visited our feeders. They are so much fun to watch! Our peonies are responding as well, no longer drenched and drooping over onto our patio. They are going to burst into full bloom this week. I will be sure to take some photos to share.

Also on this day, the Day of Pentecost, I gave gratitude for the Son of God — for Jesus Christ who promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who follow him. No amount of rain can diminish its divine light or keep it from filling our hearts. It is a gift of freedom, redemption and salvation, and it can never be taken away.

I am so grateful today for the sun — and the Son — which lift away the fog and clouds in life, bathing us in warmth and light, and filling us with fresh hope for each new day. What a blessing!


Proverbs 31:28-29

A Mother’s Day Wish

The sun is playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds today, but it is Mother’s Day and sunshine is not needed for me to feel loved and very blessed!

My son headed back home to Arizona two weeks ago after spending the winter months with us, so we celebrated Mother’s Day early this year. I loved having both grown children at home with me for a while . . . something that is a rare occurrence since they both lead such busy lives.

My wedding day, August 21, 1982

Today will be all about celebrating my mom, whom I love so very much! It doesn’t matter to me that her memory is failing and that we can no longer reminisce about days gone by. I just love seeing her smile and hearing her laugh as she listens to our stories and looks through old photo albums. Every now and then there is a glimmer of recognition and we are able to have a short conversation.  I will always be grateful that God has blessed me with a lifetime of memories and the ability to make many more. That is the best gift I could receive today!

Wishing you a Mother’s Day full of precious memories, both new and old.