Weather, So Good, Truth and Bubbles

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You see I told you I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the themes of the day – sometimes I wonder why I even try.  But then I think, well trying is better than not trying.  Plus who knows maybe one day I will surprise myself and actually stay with the program.   Today’s post (post #1 hopefully) will be full of the 4 day’s I missed, so it will be a little eclectic in nature.

The weather here in North Carolina has been a little bit “frightful”.  It started snowing on Tuesday evening and we got about 7 inches before it was said and done.  Now that’s a lot for North Carolina.  So my little man has been out of school since Wednesday and to top it off has a teacher workday on Monday.  Ive enjoyed some time with him but I think we are both ready for him to go back to school.  I must admit I laughed at the school system’s announcement about there being no school the first day it said “Due to the threat of winter weather, school will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday.”  I laughed because of the wording.  Yet I also laughed because I remember the days in Canada when school never closed unless it was -40 and then sometimes it was open for those of us that could bundle up and walk.  Before you get upset, I completely understand that we close schools in NC when the weather gets bad – I know we don’t have all the equipment to clear roads, people aren’t used to driving on them, more children ride school buses, and children don’t have the type of clothes we did to keep us safe in the deep cold.  Nothing we can do about weather, except deal with it as it comes.

Sometimes, the weather that keeps us inside, prompts us to do the things we often tend to put off for another time, another day.  I tackled ,using the steam cleaner, cleaning the sofa and chair in the livingroom.  They were long overdue for such a cleaning.  Although, they didn’t come out looking brand new (how could they after 10+ years of use) they certainly do look a whole lot better.   I also managed to get all the laundry done and take a nap or two.  All of these felt SO GOOD!  Things feeling so good, is like taking a deep breath that refreshes and calms your very being. So Good!

When I hear the word TRUTH, I immediately think of the scripture reading from the Gospel of John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  This has been a significant verse for me as I’ve gone through years of counseling.   Coming to terms with the truth of what happened as a child into my young adulthood, has indeed begun to set me free.  I’m far from being completely free but each step I take I become freer and freer from the pain that was inflicted upon me.  I believe that everyone who speaks their truth will begin to see the bondage that holds them, slip away and they to will be set free.  I further believe that Jesus longs for each of us to be set free from whatever holds us hostage – be it our own sin, abuse, addiction, fear, anger and the list could go on.  I encourage folks to step out of their comfort zone’s and allow your truth to begin to set you free.  What a glorious day it will be when we are all set free.

I love lots of things but there is one thing that allows me to be a child and that’s blowing bubbles.  What fun they are.  I love to watch the shapes they take and wonder why some fly so far and so high and yet others pop in just seconds.   I love bubbles so much that on our 16th Wedding Anniversary, we spent at least an hour blowing bubbles off the porch.  We laughed as we tried to see who could blow the biggest bubble or who could make theirs go the furtherest.  Blowing bubbles is also a great way to teach children and adults how to breath, as a form of stress release.   As you breath out slowly the bubble begins to form in a more sustainable way (usually), reminding us that that we breath in through our nose and our slowly through our mouth our bodies and our souls are also sustained in fresh and new ways.  Our anxiety levels come down and hopefully we can go back to doing what we’ve been called to do.

There you have it the most eclectic post ever –  Weather, So Good, Truth and Bubbles.

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