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Cranky with a side of hope


Have you ever felt like you had run out of hope? Where everything just irritated you? Where cranky was a constant state of mind? Yeah, me neither.  But, if you had, how would you have gotten yourself out of the rut?

Some subscribe to the “It’s Better to Give than Receive” school of thought.  Some say giving has its own rewards.  Still others would tell me to sit down and be quiet.

But, having read about someone who had this happen to them, once, I thought it might be something that at least one other soul has dealt with.

My guess is helping someone else with a somewhat mundane task, say, stacking wood or cooking someone a meal (a new parent or someone who has a sick member of their family, for example), writing someone a note to let them know you’re thinking of them after a hard time or in advance of a surgery might benefit both parties.  These are just some possible choices for helping to bring about a change in the atmosphere.

In glancing down my Facebook feed I note one of several tones: rabid fear and vitriol at the thought of our new state of affairs (coming to an Inauguration near you, this Friday), a giddy jubilation at the thought of the new regime or a blatant “la la la, I can’t hear you and refuse to comment in any way shape or form political” frame of mind.

It makes me think of a quote I read that said, “Father in heaven, please help us to remember that anything that frightens us comes with an invitation to find the strength of knowing and trusting You.”

Now isn’t that the truth? Faith doesn’t equal understanding or even agreement.  It is the knowledge that God has got this.

One of the thoughts that got me through some of the more uncomfortable military situations we found ourselves in was, “Love it or loathe it, this too shall pass.”

So, how do you keep on keeping on when you just don’t feel like it (i.e. in say, January and February)?


Well, we finally have gotten a bit of snow here.  It’s the pretty kind, not the get all messy and disrupt traffic kind.  The dog and baby are loving it.  They keep looking out the window with varied expressions on their faces.  Neither is too eager to go out into it however.  The warm living room is JUST fine, thank you!

A word of hope to those of you on the winter ravaged East Coast…our forsythia is in bloom.  Spring’s acomin’!!

We had winds earlier this week that were roaring and they do say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  Do you think it goes out like that lamb many of us have on our Easter dinner table?  Just a thought. 

Trying to get a bunch of projects tied up here this week and we will be having a visitor next week.  So, don’t want the loose ends all over the house! 

Until next time, faithful readers…