Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Signs of Spring
I had the pleasure of taking a wonderful, restful trip to visit my family out in Denver from March 4th thru March 10th. Before I left things were pretty cold here in PA- and although it was sunny and bright during my visit out west it was cool there too. But the past couple days here have been encouraging for those of us who thought maybe winter would linger- it's 55 degrees today and as I sat out in the sun a little while ago and looked at some of my spring flowers I felt renewed- by what I could see with my eyes but also by the way I have been feeling inside as well. Reconnecting with my parents and my sister and brother and their delightful families during my brief visit blessed me so much. Sometimes we forget that it is the people who know us best and longest who can help us find our way.
That novel I have talked openly about writing and not writing these past months is over half finished. It is taking shape in ways I couldn't have predicted, and I believe the last half will have many surprises in store for me. I have learned that if I am willing to try- even when I am scared to death- that God will help me to do beyond what I ever thought possible.
As spring quickly approaches I look forward to taking lots of photos of the flowering trees, plants, and bushes we are so blessed to have here in the northeast. I may just finish this story I'm writing too. Spring reminds me that what looked brown and barren can suddenly become green and fruitful.
By the way one important lesson I have learned recently on my journey is that believing in God means believing in myself, in what God has deposited within me. I can do all things through Christ.
Like most women I play a variety of roles, all of which I love. Mom of six great kids, lover of food magazines and baking, gardener, photographer, and in recent years, especially, writer. Writing is enabling me to find my truest self, and inspire others to do the same. I am also a deeply spiritual person who sees God through the lens of Christianity, though I am open to learning from many different faith backgrounds.