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Rainy Monday

So I am not a huge Monday fan.....not sure how many people are. Maybe it's something about the drudge of getting back into the reality of responsibility, like logging into my bank account and cringing on the damage I might have done over the "non-reality" weekend. (still haven't perfected Operation Financial Freedom.....but getting there).

But they are certain to come around every seven days so I try to make the best of them.

I also am not a huge fan of rain.....but like Mondays....it is certain to come around. I do like a good summer night's thunderstorm, but other than that.....it can make for a dreary day with all it's damp qualities, right? It makes tons of mud, which of course ends up all over my floors and it frizzes my already frizzy hair. And if I have to go out, I always manage to step in a puddle and then I am stuck with the worst feeling in the world...wet socks.

So yeah....rain is necessary for life, of course. I get it. We need rain to sustain life. We need it for crops, the whole ecological balance depends on it.....yada yada yada. But let's be honest.....We don't always have to like what is good for us, though. Like vegetables, for example,.... we don't have to like them, but they are good for us. My friend Lyndsey shared a great Max Lucado story about veggies that is fun to read, pop over and check it out when you can.

Rainy days can reference to sad times....and we all go through rainy days or even seasons in our lives. I know I have had my share. But I also know and trust that God has a purpose for it all. And I have always came out of the rainy times cleansed and refreshed.

You know, on the flip side, there are many references in the Bible to rain being a blessing.

..... He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy~Acts 14:17

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. ~Psalm 147:7-8

And as a reward

I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. ~Leviticus 26:4

Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. ~Hebrews 6:7

And my favorite,....the rainbow (promise) that follows:

"Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind." ~Genesis 9:14-15

OK, so wrapping it up......we know we cannot escaping Mondays.....or rain, for that matter, but we can change how we approach it all. We can change our way of thinking. So today, I am going to try to remove the cloud of gloom and doom and add a silver lining. I am going to be thankful that I have been blessed with another Monday to make the best of.....even if it comes with the rain.

I am going to turn it around and think about how the rain is going to melt the rest of the snow from last week. I am going to remember that getting rain, instead of snow...signals we are coming into a new season....and I am going to be prepared with my hair already in braids so now frizz factor. I am going to put on some tall waterproof boots. Well I don't actually own a pair of tall waterproof boots, but I will make sure I am not wearing my Doc Martin sandals when I run out today. I broke out those bad boys this weekend with the 58 degree weather and it felt SOOOOO good. (now I revealed how much of a geek I am that I wear socks with my sandals)

So, I leave you with one of my favorite songs about rain. Mercy Me is awesome......(I have this as one of my ringtones.....don't forget to pause my music player)

Powerful line in the lyrics to embrace today:

You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me,
what's a little rain.


P.S. This is my 99th post......I will be doing a giveaway for my 100th post, so ya'll come back now, ya hear!!? :)


amanda said...

ohhhhh so excited about that next post!! ;0) i'll be sure to spread the word my friend!!


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