Beneath the Snow

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This morning I made a decision. As I looked out at yet another snowfall blanketing the earth, I decided to look beyond what I saw. I did not conjecture about how many days it will take the snow to melt. I did not grumble that the calendar says spring and even my hoodie isn’t keeping me warm. I did not calculate how many snow (and sick) days this winter held. It’s not that those thoughts didn’t hover, I simply chose to replace them.

  • The sun is shining and the pavement is already clear—a wonderful contrast to yesterday’s gray.
  • Sap is flowing through the bare trees—soon they will sprout green buds with the promise of leafy cover.
  • Beneath the snow crocuses and daffodils are pushing upward—their purple and yellow heads ready to break through and dot the earth with color.
  • The dormant grass appears dead, but it’s rousing and will again grow green and lush.
  • Though they now look like bushes of brown sticks, buds are forming and in weeks cascading azaleas will shower yellow flowers.
  • As spring stubbornly presses forward, sweaters, scarves and socks will be traded for shorts, shirts and sandals.
  • Gentle rains and warm breezes will assuredly replace driving snow and frigid gusts.

My choice of thoughts paid off. I feel refreshed, happy. Sweetness replaced my sour mood. Anticipation traded places with lethargy. I highly recommend thought-replacement therapy!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Prov. 17:22)

Lord, I always have a choice. When my hopes and dreams are buried beneath blankets of disappointment, remind me that your purposes prevail. Seasons are temporary but you are undaunted. Though I may not see it, you are active beneath the snow.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maude Carolan Pych
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 15:57:04

    God bless your cheerful heart, Barbara. It’s contagious!
    Maude

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  2. Linda Langford
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 16:01:56

    This is a wonderful blog post…thanks for sharing with us! I need to practice thought-replacement therapy more and more. We do not have snow here, but it is cold and looking forward to the warmer weather for sure…hugs, Linda Langford

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  3. Kathleen Rupff
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 20:20:25

    Beautifully written, Barbara. Thanks for the encouraging words! (Perfect photo, too! 🙂

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  4. kennethstuartbaker
    Mar 24, 2018 @ 10:31:00

    Good example of how the Lord is able to renew our minds !

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