This morning I woke up and made a healthy breakfast for the kids instead of having them scarf down cereal like they usually do and made their lunches and got the gloves and hats and jackets together and off they went to school in Hottie Husband's truck.
Then I sat down to feed Little Bear his breakfast and looked up and out the window. I am not a morning person and so I have seen very few sunrises in my life. But, while it is dreadful, absolutely dreadful to wake up at 7am in the dark yes, it is completely dark , it is quite a treat when the sun begins to rise at 8am. These are photos of my sunrise this morning.
When I looked up and saw it, I smiled.
You see, about a week ago, I started to feel a little down. I am not one who ever gets depressed, but I could feel a touch of it and I started really missing the sun. Turns out my hormones had something to do with it too. As you know, this is our first winter here in Montana and I am used to all the sun soaking of a good California girl. My buddy Becky over at Farmgirl Paints was writing about here "seasonal" depression this morning, something I didn't know a thing about until now.
I found out that where we live in the Flathead Valley, it has the benefit of much less wind than the rest of the state of Montana. The trade off is that the clouds like to hang around during the winter. Thus, many sunless days. I went out and bought some vitamin D3 supplements for the family to make sure our levels stay healthy.
So back to my smile. I smiled because when I was feeling down about the lack of sunshine, I said a little prayer. I said- God, could you do me a favor? Could you just give me a glimpse of the sun each day of this winter, even if it is just for a moment?
You may not talk to God that way, but I figure it can't hurt to ask Him for a favor like that because although there is so much more for Him to attend to right now in this world, He is still my Father and I am certain he delights in my asking.
So, can I tell you how much fun I am having waiting and looking out for His gift to me each day? I have gotten my glimpse each day. And this morning, it was my morning gift.
So I smiled.
But, please don't think I have forgotten that I have this little package of sunshine to brighten each moment of my day too.