Well, it’s another rainy day in western, Pa today.

The forecast is calling for clouds mixed with scattered rain ALL. DAY. LONG.

I’ll be honest, it’s finally starting to get to me. Not just the allergies that come with it, but the lack of sun and social time that good weather would generally afford us.

Have you ever had cabin fever? I’m starting to think it is a real thing.

I scheduled my hair appointment too far out. And now my roots are SO BAD, that I truly feel like I should be ashamed in even thinking about going outside in public anyway, but I can’t help myself. I’d do anything to defeat the awful reigns of depression, and most of this is self help talking but regardless, sometimes regardless of the situation you HAVE TO HELP YOURSELF. Even if it means dying your hair. Gosh.

Being patient can sometimes be hard but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do something in the mean time. That’s a phrase my grandma uses a lot. “In the meantime.” She uses it as a transition when telling stories and I LOVE THIS ABOUT HER. “In the meantime…” she will say and whatever happens next is typically quite thrilling. She is a great story teller (among other things), and speaker in general. But I grew up listening to her talk to my mother during their weekly visits and I remember how my mom would always be so intent on listening to what she was always going to say next. How generally, everyone was…listening to just her regardless of where she was or who was part of the conversation; grandma always stole the show and still does. Half the time, especially now, I wonder if she ever feels like she is quite bored with us all, as she never fails to delight everyone around her with tid bits of excellent information and conversation always. Just like Jesus, she is a lover of life. And it shows.

We all have our own ways and means of telling stories or communicating, but this morning it makes me think of Jesus, and what a patient, kind, stranger he was once to the world. I wondered if I was the same…in any which way. Either way, it makes me want to be more like Him. And it makes me want to surround myself with people like Him too.

It makes me want to be that way. And isn’t that the sign of a good influence? Regardless, the actions and reactions of Jesus makes me want to diminish all signs of rough speech, reactions, or words that come in the way between me and my Lord. And Amen to that. Words have power. They carry so much more meaning than what we give them credit for, but they are part of who we are, who we become, who we were always meant to be. The Bible gives us true direction. Our stories. Our lives. There is a much greater reason to believe. And the Bible is our book of truth. Our biggest blessing.

Isn’t it funny though how we can turn our heads so quickly and go “on to the next” when sometimes the biggest things in life are happening right before us? I wonder if that’s what people often thought of Jesus? If they knew of the power and magnitude that lay before them? If they thought perhaps, that he was simply a grand master story teller, or if they felt in awe of His presence when he used His divine words, those words that still speak to our hearts and are such a part of us all.

Another day cooped up inside won’t be the end of the world. Not mine. Tuesday I get my roots done and off with this brunette styling I have going on. My five-year-old graduates Tuesday evening with a grand little celebration at the church where he attends nursery school. And then, off to Kindergarten we go! And just like that…in the meantime, our names have been called! Let us rise to the occasion! I can only give thanks.

I pray you have a good day today regardless of whether you are inside or outside. Remember, it’s what is inside YOU that matters most. Do not allow outside elements to interfere with your joy; it is something that is freely given to you through Jesus Christ. And Amen to that!

“For in this hope we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:24-30

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