If you're in the Heartland, you know it's Spring by the calendar, but not by the weather.
We are hearty Midwesterners. We can handle this.
The grass WILL green. The sun WILL shine. Once the flowers pop open and we run for our antihistamines, a sense of well-being will follow. And hope. There's just something so wonderful about green shoots coming from the brown, lifeless earth. What was dead becomes alive again. Just like Jesus. It never fails to amaze me.
A change of weather and a change of attitude create an immense sense of thanksgiving, as well as relief.
After a great deal of prayer, I've made a decision for my own changes. For seventeen years, I've operated a boarding kennel that has allowed me to meet some great dogs and even better owners. But it's time for a break. After Memorial Day, I'm closing the kennel for the summer. I am unsure whether I will reopen in the Fall. We're just going step by step here, People.
Like Spring, I feel hopeful and excited about what is to come, as well as a sense of relief and well-being.
There's not many times I can point to and say I asked God to bless something, but the kennel was one of them. When Darren and I began it in 1998, it was with the intention and peace that God led the way. When the schedule looked like it wasn't very full, God took care of things. I never worried. And as faithful as God is, He was gracious enough to show me that it's Break Time. So I will trust this next step too.
And you should too.
"Thank you" doesn't even begin to cover my feelings of gratitude for the wonderful supporters I've had. Come to think of it, neither do "merci" or "gracias" so I'll try something else. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May He look upon you with favor and give you peace.