Drowning Out the Rain

It’s raining. It’s pouring.

I live in the Northwest and our weather over the past week and 27 months (ok…I am slightly exaggerating)  is nothing to brag home to Mama about.

My husband is packed for a business trip to Hawaii…leaving tomorrow.  Apparently you can use the words business, Hawaii, and ministry in the same sentence when you are talking about a pastors conference.  I looked at his suitcase tonight and his swim trunks were at the top of the pile, and possibly I struggled with a little tintsy intsy bitsy bit of  jealousy (ever so small).  I really do love my husband and am so happy he might get the opportunity to swim in the 85 degree ocean under the warm sun of the tropics (wink wink).

Can I just hear an amen when I say that living in the northwest this time of the year can be a challenge?

Yes, it is green like Ireland, but friends lets go visit Ireland and get out of this muck.  Let’s get out!!  How do you survive the ever constant rain and darkness without anti-depressants and sun lamps?  I have asked myself this very question for 40 plus years and then I found a job that involved travel.  But even with the travel, I struggle so…if you don’t travel how do you handle it?  Boy, do I struggle with the darkness.  I just have to find the little things that bring beauty and light into life.  Today it was the sound of laughter…it drowned out the rain.

Thankful that laughter is louder than the rain.

2 Comments on “Drowning Out the Rain

  1. What fun, beautiful girls you have! I’m not ashamed to say that, in addition to prayer and scripture to help my perspective, I take 10mg of Prosac. 😉 Feels weird to say that to people I don’t really know but it has helped. After years of being unwilling to accept that I needed a little dosage of something to help my mood, I have to say that I am thankful for it. I recently finished Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, which is a gift in itself. So gratitude for whatever comes from the hand of God is transforming. I begin each day with “This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it. You might have just put that question out there without really expecting a response. But there it is and I hope it helps. We are in the middle of yucky weather too. Your posts bless me. Thanks!

  2. I live here too and yes even ME who loves the overcast ‘cool weather’ would love to have a bit of warmth and sun. Just a few weeks of spring would brighten everyone’s spirit.

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