This was my calendar page for the month of February. The month filled with ice, snow, cold—and grey skies.


I reached… but nothing changed.


And so I turned the calendar page to March—and left “reaching for the sunshine” behind.


Over the weekend, East Tennessee was blessed with beautiful sun-filled days. Although stuck inside working on taxes, I felt my spirits lift as a neighbor cranked up his chain saw to trim trees. It sounded like Springtime!


But this morning I woke to rain—and a week-long forecast for more—and I had to remind myself of the weekend’s blessing.


While out running errands, I didn’t even notice the tiny reprieve in the rain until something warm began creeping its way over my shoulder. My mind was elsewhere, but I began to feel something drawing me in.




For just a few minutes—here at the beginning of what promises to be a water-soaked week ahead—there it was.


I smiled. I lifted my voice in praise. I said, “thank you”.


And then I asked myself why we humans tend to give in to our yo-yo emotions. Doesn’t the God who sends the sunshine also send the rain (and the ice and snow and…)? Doesn’t our Earth benefit from them all?


From the rising of the sun to its setting

The name of the LORD is to be praised.

Psalm 113:3


I’m deciding now:  It’s going to be a wonderful week… and I’m going to reach for the SONshine! Anybody want to join me?



  1. A very nice and uplifting post, Susan! I was figuratively in the same shoes as you over the weekend, enjoying the sunshine and most thankful for the worst of winter left behind, and also preparing taxes (finished today – yay!!). Our timing is just behind yours, as the clouds and rain are expected to move in later today. I am thankful for the hope that spring brings, and full of amazement in its glory – HIS glory. Have a great week.

  2. We’re on the same weather pattern as you. Warmer temps this week (yay!), but lots of rain too (boo!). Oh well. I’ll take rain in warmth rather than ice in cold. I’ll say thank you too. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder to do that.