Rainy Day

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I love the rain. I love that the first day back at school is a rainy day. It is a purely selfish thing too. School traffic crawled along at 5 mph and doing my weekly shopping soaked my Wonder bread. However, now I’m home to blog, do laundry, catch up after 2 weeks of little “me” time and I’m so happy. I see rain drops from my office windows. I see birds on the grass looking for a snack between drizzles. I’m sipping my Earl Grey. Life is grand.

Why do I love the rain? The clothing is just darling. I love wearing my polka dot raincoat, my multicolored rain boots and putting up my umbrella. I love the sound of rain. I will stand under our skylight in the house to hear it pound on the fiberglass. Sometimes I stand in the garage to hear the echo off the wood beams. I even open my slider in my car to hear the rain on the sunroof (I keep that part closed though). I love the fresh smell afterwards. The dog doesn’t smell so great but the outside in general smells unique. I love splashing in puddles. Yep. I still do it. That’s why I have rain boots. Seriously, in Southern California, owning rain boots gives you maybe a dozen days of wear a year. When I do, I step in every puddle. I’ve been known to stomp a bit too.

The main reason I love rain is the refreshing it gives the earth. Grass that was withered perks up. Plants I forgot to water, reemerge in their glory. Dirty sidewalks are now clean.  I usually cozy up on rainy days so I get a refreshing too. A time to slow myself and my mind down to a snail’s pace. A time to reflect on God’s goodness, His plans and His unending love for me.

Psalm 147:7-8 NIV says:

 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.

Sing praise to Him today. If you don’t make music yourself, listen to music about God. Thank Him for the clouds and the needed rain. Praise Him after the rain for the green hills you see. After the fires, our hills need new growth. (Pray for no mudslides – a downside of rain for fire areas.) I need new growth. Two weeks with my kids brought me joy and delight and the opportunity to referee a few arguments. However, it afforded me little alone time. Today is my day to soak it all in. To regroup, set a new year’s resolution (it’s only the 8th) and set my eyes on the path God has laid out for me. How grateful I am that I got a rainy day to refresh.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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