Many of you may be in the plum middle of a glorious spring. But we are still trudging along under a thick mass of gray clouds that occasionally drop rain or snow on us. I’m not kidding! And though I have seen a few daffodils around town (poor things), my forsythia is still holding off. Granted, my hilltop is very vulnerable to the chilly winds, so my neighbors a few blocks to the south do have some blooms on theirs. And even though we are used to this sort of thing, it really has been a longer-than-normal winter, and I am detecting signs of cabin fever.
It’s harder on the little kids who are looking longingly out the window, eager to be out playing in the yard. Or, rather, it’s harder on their moms, who are eager to send the little rascals outside to play in the yard. This is one of those times that mothers need a double dose of grace. And sometimes we all need to just open the windows anyway and air the place out!
I recommend bringing as much sunshine in as you can, so I buy grocery store tulips every chance I get. And even when it’s chilly, it’s better to bundle everyone up for a walk than to sit inside wishing. Fresh air does wonders, andÂ it helps the little ones nap better. It rejuvenates mom, and so does a little fellowship with other moms. There is something very comforting in the companionship of other moms who are going through the same thing in similar ways. It helps you know you are not making this stuff up, and moms can share ideas on how to steer the little ones in ways to keep the cheerful tone up.
I know this is not limited only to those of us with a late spring. But it is often related to the weather. Could be too hot, too muggy, too wet, too dry. We all need to count our blessings, especially at those times when life seems a little wearisome!
The kids can pick up a grumbly attitude if there is one lying around. They can be more weepy, more fussy, more squabbly, just like mom can.Â So it’s very important for mom to lay hold of the grace of God so she has some to dispense. We are just flesh and blood, and we can be influenced by our surroundings in negative ways.
The goal for us is to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. A thermostat sets the tone of the surroundings; a thermometer reacts to the surroundings. This is impossible apart from the kindness of God who forgives a grumpy heart and fills it back up with sacrificial love. We want to act, not react, even when the circumstances are crying (literally!) out in ways to annoy us.
I’d love for some of you moms, in good weather or bad, to share some of your fun ideas here. So if you have a suggestion that some other moms might enjoy, please feel invited to contribute.