Many times during the winter, my family and those closest to me know how my moods can rise and fall dramatically. Because they love me they are patient and understanding, and even when their own emotions are flaring causing us to butt heads, God gives them a soft heart filled with forgiveness and more love.

This year's season is proving to be very trying indeed, as sicknesses seem to have leached themselves to our family; the temperature's fallen to below freezing; and darkness is what we see for most of our days as well as our year. Getting out to go on simple store runs for the week's necessities has become an impossible task. Many of the people we know who have cars are also stranded in their own homes waiting for the cold to break, because their vehicle's starters won't start.

I am not the only one in my home that feels absolutely stir crazy. My husband and our three children are also tired of being cooped up together, all of us "trapped" by the unrelenting freeze.

With no-one to call to come "rescue" me, and nowhere to run to for just a half-hour or so break, I find myself needing to talk to my Lord more than usual. He IS Good ~ He IS Gracious ~ He IS Compassionate!

For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
~ Isaiah 54:7-8

 !!! Oh, how blessed I am for having all the dear promises of the Lord !!! Thank You, Lord, for Your abundances of mercy You shed upon me. Thank You, for being my Light in the darkness. Amen.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not form thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
~ Psalm 139:11-12