Tuesday, October 13, 2009

the Sonrise which makes all the difference ...

our early snowfall really got me down ... well, for a day or two anyway! ...

however, God's word always puts everything in perspective - then prayer allows the feelings to follow ... we walk by faith, not by sight ... sight can also be spelled f-e-e-l-i-n-g-s for me ... and feelings need to be ignored when we know they are sending wrong messages and causing unrest within us ... bad feelings for me are triggered by cold weather and snow - such a downer, even tho' i was born in the land of ice and snow ... and moved to another land of ice and snow!!!

the bible says "in everything" to give thanks ... not necessarily "for everything" !

so this morning, when i watched the sunrise again on another day the Lord had made ... i rejoiced and was glad in it!

blessings on your week!

this was my sunrise, as seen from our living room window


Susan said...

Such perfect truth.

daisymarie said...

That is such an important distinction: it's about in not necessarily for. Gotta keep that in mind. Thanks.

Jammie J. said...

That snow was awful early this year. It's OK to be bummed about it, but definitely keep your chin up and nose in God's word... just the logistics of that challenge should be fun to see. :) Oh I'm so silly.

(hugs) to you and Leo. You can come visit me, we have rain today. Rain! On October 13th. :)

Mari said...

Beautiful picture! I appreciate your thoughts today - it's a good lesson.

Maggie Ann said...

Hi dear Saija, I am so behind with my blogging! Its good to be here tonight visiting with you (bloggy visit) Getting that much snow so early on would take some adjusting thats for sure. It was so chilly here this afternoon I thought we might get a frost then....just kidding. R took me out to eat...which was so cheerful to experience...grin. I'm not very fond of cooking but it comes with the marriage ring...another smile here. Everything is work....its just a fact! Well here I am rambling on. Time to go. I hope you are having an evening full of relaxation. Sending you a hug!

Mimi said...

beautiful sunrise...

Amrita said...

The sun sparkling through the trees makes a lovely sight. Have a good day.

Felisol said...

Dear Saija,
A beautiful Sunrise.
I do agree with you The winter is too long and tough, especially when it's starting in October.
I send you words which having been giving me new courage many a day.
From Matth. 6
Do Not Worry
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I do worry, a lot.
But I know in the end every day has enough trouble of its own. My greatest fears and worries never came true.
Just like the Israelites wandering about in the desert, we do only get food and strength for one day at a time.
Let's enjoy the Manna of this day together.
From Felisol

Crown of Beauty said...

What a lovely sunrise picture... and here I am just wanting to let you know prayers are going up to heaven for you from my heart.


Nancy said...

What beauty you see outside your window. God is shining on you. I get down in the dumps with the colder weather too but try to keep an upbeat attitude as best as I can. Winter is not my favorite either. Loved the story about the bear, God was watching over you that day for sure. (((hugs)))

Catherine said...

I'm so sorry that the cold and snow get you down. I am just the opposite (well, we don't have snow here, but I LOVE the fall and winter weather and I loved the snow when I lived up north). It's our oppressive summer heat that gets me down.

Your post had me doing a double take for a moment. When I was in high school, I was in our church youth choir which was called the Sonrise Singers, and one of the songs we sang was Petra's "Not By Sight" -- "Walk by faith, not by sight, strengthened by His glorious might..." :)

Felisol said...

Dear Saija,
Praying for a new, blessed week in the presence of the Lord for you, Leo and Maria.
There's this Norwegian hymn I'd like to share;
I have wandered with the Lord in darkness and light/ through changing seasons and conditions./ But I sang to his praise in the darkest of nights/"He's faithful today, like He was yesterday."/
What a joyful peace/ yes wonderful peace/ I but have when with my Jesus I walk./ Let everything around me change/ my song will remain,"He's faithful today, like he was yesterday."

It is true, even if it doesn't feel that way.(And I am well experienced with changing feelings.)
Vaya con Dios.
That IS a wonderful wish.
FRom Felisol