After days of warm sunshine on my face and the wonder of an early spring, I am greeted with ice crystals and chilly breath clouds as Maisie and I walk in the early morning.
Such is life.
We receive blessing after blessing from God who gives grace upon grace. Yet the chill of winter’s grasp pulls us to reality. We are not in Eden anymore. There are still mountains to climb, dark valleys in which to walk, trials to endure, temptations to avoid.
Still, the gifts abound in the middle of frosty days and long, uncertain nights.
This morning I am thankful.
For a warm hat, scarf, coat and gloves as I open the door and face the cold.
For gas logs that quickly warm the morning haven of home.
For strong coffee with half and half cream.
For a hot pad at my back to ease away the aches.
For Sweet William, my one and only, sitting in the rocker next to mine.
For little girl Maisie, with us almost a year now, learning obedience step by step.
For daffodils from my yard gracing our table this week.
For home filled with familiar things accumulated through our years together.
For family gathered at our table this week and for friends who feel like family.
For prayer that reaches Heaven being only a breath away.
For the daily dose of Scripture that gives me courage and turns my eyes to the Savior.
For the Word hidden in my heart that cannot be taken away.
For grace boundless and mercies new each day.
For assurance that winter lasts for a season and then comes spring.