Friday, March 4, 2011

Gray Skies in February

March 4, 2011
Marcia Piepgrass has graciously allowed this blog to be published on Daily Bread of Life - Devotional.  Although it was written last month for the events that happen in February, I believe you will enjoy it and be blessed.  Thank you Marcia for this wonderful story. 

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Why does February seem like the longest month, when it is the shortest?
Could the lingering of gray skies and frigid temperatures contribute to the
interminably show passage of time from February 1 to 27 or 28?  No matter what
the groundhog predicts, winter usually lingers for six long weeks after his
sneak peak outside his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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I don't know about you, but a trip south--far south--seems like a good idea
at this time of year.  Alas, no reservations have been made, so I will have to
make my own sunshine.

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Here are five simple suggestions for chasing away winter's chill: 

1.  Write and send lots of Valentine greetings.  Making other people happy is
a sure cure for depression. When I was in grade school, my mother helped me make
the same valentines each year for everyone in my class. Supplies included:  lace
doilies, ribbon, and sticks of cinnamon-flavored gum. (These are easy enough for
preschool children to make.)

2.  Begin each day with a thanksgiving breakfast. Make a habit of praising
the Lord with your first sip of coffee.

3.  Wrap up, go outside, and take a walk. Even if the sky is cloud-covered,
the daylight will lift your spirits.

4.  Think happy thoughts.
No, this isn't just for Pollyanna.  It is biblical.  See the verse inscribed on
the poster?

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The Catholic Faith Education Society makes wonderful posters illustrating

5.  End your day by praying for
, thanking the Lord for his faithful goodness, and turning your
anxieties over to him who is loving, powerful, and in control of all things.

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The Prayer--artist unknown

These suggestions for chasing away the
cold, because they are biblical, are sure

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