Joel has already put over 100 miles on his recumbent bike. He is riding 10 to 15 miles at a time, working his way out of the winter slack and lack, and getting his legs back into the groove of his favorite past time. He loves biking in nature and with the arrival of Spring he is on his way!
It is great to have this long winter finally behind us. I love having the doors open, listening to the sounds outside......birds singing.......kids playing.....adults talking. No longer cooped up in our houses we greet our neighbors and catch up on porch sitting. Yards are being raked and fertilized, hostas and flowers nurtured. Baskets and pots of flowers are brightening up the neighborhood. We have not yet purchased any plants, but I'm hoping to find a black-eyed Susan vine. I love their happy faces!
When winter lingered this year it was hard to remember that Spring was coming. Snow piled high......nevertheless, we knew it would eventually melt...it would warm up....Spring would arrive. And it did.
This morning I listened to Joel Osteen preach on TBN. He is a bit of a dessert preacher....certainly not one that gives me much meat and potatoes, but he does bring truth to what he speaks. Today he was talking about having a "nevertheless" attitude. The doctor's report is not good.........nevertheless God's Word says_______. Struggling with my finances.......nevertheless God will provide. Things will improve. Relationships are strained......nevertheless God's love heals. We persist because we stand in the "nevertheless" of knowing God and His promises.
This winter season was tough and long. In nature and in life. It was hard to not dwell on the snow and cold still gracing us in the middle of April. It has also been hard to not dwell on the health issues that have persisted for me.
So what to do? I'm thinking we add "nevertheless" to our vocabulary and to our attitude. Nevertheless the snow will melt and Spring will come! Nevertheless, God is walks with us through circumstances.....We are able to rest in this knowledge and persist in our belief. We embrace the nevertheless.
Nevertheless shifts the atmosphere. Nevertheless shifts our belief. Nevertheless puts our focus back on Papa God and His promises. Nevertheless helps us to remember.......God is faithful. God is with us. His Word is truth. No matter what the seasons bring, nevertheless there is God. Only God. So grateful.