Winter- My favorite season

I absolutely love winter. I love the cold weather and the rain and the snow. I love it all. I love looking out of my window in the morning with a cup of tea in my hand and watching the snow fall. I think it’s the most beautiful sight. I don’t think I will ever get tired of it.

I was born and raised in Cali. Which meant that I never got to see a lot of snow growing up. So when I decided to move somewhere else after high school that got snow, I was beyond excited. When I first moved to where I am now I prayed and prayed that we would get snow come winter time. But every winter when we got snow I would be back in California visiting family. I would be so upset. All I wanted was to see snow fall. I was beginning to give up.

Don’t get me wrong even if there was no snow winter was and still is my favorite season. But I was so upset that every time I left town it would snow. But when I would return it would all be melted. I still enjoyed the rain and the cold weather. Every morning I would open my blinds and look out at the rain falling and smile. Even though I gave up hope that it would ever snow when I’m actually home I still fall in love with winter every single day.

My dog, Abigail, loves winter just as much as I do. So every morning I take her outside and she runs like crazy through the puddles. And of course I would try to take pictures of her because she looked so darn cute. We have so much fun together when it rains, playing in puddles and making a wet mess of ourselves. But one of my favorite things to do in winter is to just make a cup of tea and watch the rain fall. It’s just so peaceful. I think my dog enjoys watching the rain too. Although she’s probably thinking “come on mom lets go play in the puddles!”.

When winter rolled around this year I expected nothing to change. I was thinking it will pour rain when I’m home but as soon as I leave it will start to snow. And it did just that. But it felt different this year. So I decided to pray, please God let it snow while I’m here! And guess what?? It did snow this year! I was so beyond excited. I woke up one morning  and it was snowing! It didn’t stick that day but I didn’t care. I was just so happy that it was snowing. But I sort of thought that that was it. That it wouldn’t snow anymore this year. But boy was I wrong. The couple weeks after the first snow fall (for me) it started snowing again! But this time it snowed a lot more. I was looking out of my window in the morning when it was falling just smiling and thanking God.

Of course I took my dog outside that day and she was loving the snow. I think she was just as happy as I was to see snow…maybe even more. She was running all over and rolling in the the snow. She was having a great time and I was just standing there in the snow smiling.

Thank you for reading this post all about my favorite season. Please leave what your favorite season/seasons are in the comments. I would love to know!

-Brooke

Morning Devotions

Since it’s Faith Friday I thought I would share my morning Devotions with you. I grew up in a Christian household. We always went to church Sunday morning, we still do. I am a 20 year old girl who is Christian. But I have been through tough times in my life that made me question my faith. As I’m sure we all have.

But I have recently hit a really low point in my life where I didn’t really want to be around anyone. I didn’t want to go outside. I stopped praying and reading my bible. I honestly don’t even know why. Nothing major happened recently. That was just how I felt. I knew part of the reason was my anxiety.  But one day I decided to say no I’m not going to keep living like this, always being afraid, never wanting to leave my house. I NEEDED God and I knew I needed him. So I continually prayed to God and got back into my morning Devotions.

That has been the best decision I’ve ever made. As soon as I get up in the morning a make a little breakfast because I’m always starving when I wake up. Then I go back in my room get out my Devotions and my Bible and start praying. I now can’t wait to wake up and start my day with God.

Yes my anxiety is still there. But spending time with God first thing in the morning takes some of the anxious feeling about the day ahead away. I’m able to step out of the house not feeling as anxious knowing that God is always with me and will always take care of me. I do not need to be afraid.

The Devotions I have been reading are Devotional Journal for Every Day of the Year By Sarah Young  Jesus Calling- ENJOYING PEACE in HIS PRESENCE. 

The second one is by Joyce Meyer Starting Your day right- Devotions for Each Morning of the Year

Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”