As I sit here typing this morning, there is a gentle rain falling outside.... it's all so calm and peaceful. So very different than when I was awakened around 5:30 this morning by loud thundering, lightening and much heavier rainfall. And, while that is not calm and peaceful, it does lend itself (at least for me) to snuggling down under the covers and sleeping well.
We've had rain off and on here for a little over a week now. Along with that has been temperatures that are cooler than usual. In our neck of the woods, we are usually consistently in triple digits in July and it is DRY! Not so this year and we are thoroughly enjoying it!
On a Sunday afternoon about two weeks ago, the kids and I were sitting outside on the back porch watching it rain. They ran around in the yard some and enjoyed "dancing in the rain" and we just sat and talked some, too. One of the things that Abby (who, by the way, is 5 years old today.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ABBY!!) brought up was how God brings us the rain to help all the plants and the tress to grow. This led to a long list of all the benefits of rain... it helps the flowers grow, gives the animals water to drink, give US water to drink, makes the world beautiful, etc.
This has all got me to thinking about the many ways in which God provides for each and every one of us. Whether it be rain, or cooler temperatures, or if it is tough situations we face in life... God ALWAYS provides.
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