Winter Days are Sometimes Spring-Like

We have had some cold, rainy days recently, but today the sun was shining brightly. I almost sat down in the living room with my computer but decided to check the outside temperature first. It was just under 60° F, and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. It may be winter, but it was definitely a spring-like day. I thought to myself, I must go outside.

 

a winter afternoon

 

A Winter Afternoon

 

Making sure the rocking chair on the porch was in the sun, I sat down with my journal. The breeze made the air a bit chilly, so I went back inside to get an afghan for added warmth. My mom crocheted it, which provided a special touch. It was wonderful to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty created by our God.

Psalm 104:1-4 (CSB)

My soul, bless the Lord!
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with majesty and splendor.

He wraps himself in light as if it were a robe,
spreading out the sky like a canopy,
laying the beams of his palace
on the waters above,
making the clouds his chariot,
walking on the wings of the wind,
and making the winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.

 

[bctt tweet=”As is often the case, being out in nature inspired me to write a poem.” username=”GaylWright”] 

 

A Winter Afternoon

 

On this lovely day

The front porch called my name and

Beckoned me to come

 

In the azure sky

Bright and dazzling came the sun

Unfazed by the trees

 

winter sun

 

Shifting my gaze I

Unexpectedly saw a

Waxing Gibbous moon

 

 

Then to my surprise

Soaring high up in the air

Two hawks circled round

 

 

What I would have missed

On this cool, crisp afternoon

Had I stayed inside

 

winter day

 

Psalm 74:16-17 (NIV)

The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.

 

Genesis 8:22 (CSB)

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, and day and night
will not cease.

 

I’m linking up with: #Let’sHaveCoffee, #porchstories, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday #Grace&Truth

 

 

30 thoughts on “Winter Days are Sometimes Spring-Like

  1. What a beautiful day – and your poem is a sweet reminder of it! A sunny 60 degrees sounds delightful – but where we are in TN – you can be 60 one day – and then it drops to 30 – and oh how the sinuses suffer as a result!

    1. Thank you so much! I know what you mean about temperature changing suddenly. It does the same thing here in upstate SC. LOL Blessings to you! Thanks for visiting.

  2. Dear Gayl,
    Those verses from Psalm 74, “The day is yours, and yours also the night,” are so comforting! And then to pair it with your beautiful images–just amazing. Thank you so much for this and for your poetry also! I felt like I was right there with you as you created those words welling up from God’s beauty around you. It was much colder here today, but I am so thankful that the sun was shining for a while here too. He gives us these moments to praise Him! Blessings, love, and hugs to you Dear Poet/Sister/Friend!

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Yes, I agree those words are comforting from Psalm 74. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, too. I wish you could have been here with me. 🙂 Maybe one day! Glad you had some sunshine even if the air was cold. I love the sunshine! Blessings, love and hugs right back to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  3. Gayle, this is beautiful! I wonder what I’ve missed on the days I’ve stayed inside. Yes, indoors, but also inside my own head and in my own situations. Inside of myself and not looking up to see what beauty and blessings God has placed before me. Thank you for prompting me to “go outside.” May this winter be filled with many more springlike days for you! Following you at #TellHisStory this week!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! Sometimes I don’t choose to go outside, but I hope more and more I will take time outdoors to sit and rest and be still. Blessings to you! May you find much time to be outdoors in God’s beautiful creation.

  4. I love this! Your photos drew me right into your beautiful descriptions.
    We have a winter storm headed this way–actually 2 storms. The one on Sunday is promising 18 inches of snow, but I’m working at being grateful for a quiet weekend. And maybe we’ll keep our electricity??

    1. Thank you, Michele. Wow, sure hope you don’t lose electricity. It makes things pretty hard, doesn’t it? But yes, you can be grateful for a quiet weekend. That’s a great way to look at it. Blessings to you, dear friend! xo

  5. Loved your reflections on God’s creativity – 60 is cold for me but then I’m a pansy! Thanks for linking up, too.

  6. Lovely!! Winter has arrived in Ohio after kidding us into thinking the usual cold and snow will skip us this year. Temps have dropped, heavy snow in the forecast and colder temps on top of that. The heavy snow will bless us with quieting the landscape and streetscape and a possible bonus will be time to linger in front of a fire and not go anywhere for several days. (8-13 inches predicted here on Saturday with wind on top to create drifting). Each season has a blessing in it if we pay attention.

    1. When we lived in NJ, it was nice when the snow made a blanket of white outside and we could stay toasty warm with our wood stove. But after a while it was hard to just keep staying inside. Sounds like you are about to get hit with it. But you are right, there is a blessing in every season. We just have to be aware. Blessings to you, Pam!

    1. Thanks so much, Melissa. Yes, God does give us so many blessings and sometimes we’re too busy to notice. I want to make it a practice to slow down more. Blessings to you! xo

  7. So gorgeous! And wow–I love how you incorporate the photos. You’re making it really hard to live in Buffalo right now though . . . I want your weather, and we’re gearing up for a blizzard!

    1. Thank you so much, Amanda! It was fun to put together. Yes, I can imagine it must be very cold there. Stay warm during the blizzard! I remember cold winter days in NH and NJ. Blessings to you! Thanks for visiting.

  8. WOW – the sky is so blue it seems it should be warmer than 60. I love that God’s creation inspired you to write a poem – beautiful and oh to sit on the front porch in a rocking chair with the sun beaming down! That would be pure Joy – but I will have to wait until June for it to at least be sunny and 60 plus to sit out on our front porch in the rocking chairs. Thanks for Linking up with #TuneInTHursday and we are neighbors today at #BVN too I am tweeting about your blog post 🙂

    1. Yes, the sky was really blue that day! 🙂 It was such a nice day I just couldn’t pass up that time on the porch and I’m so glad I took the time. 🙂 It was great. Blessings to you! Thanks for visiting, Debbie! xo

  9. Your poem brightened my day. I loved the hawks. I love bird watching. We need to get together soon. I am joining a writing club that meets in the PIedmont next Saturday.

    1. Oh, I’m so glad to help brighten your day, dear Mary. Yes, we do need to get together soon. The writing club sounds nice. I’m sure you will enjoy it! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow and a good week. Blessings to you! xo

  10. That’s such a beautiful poem Gayl! I love that you went outside in winter and just spent time in reflection. Where I am, it’s a high of 12 degrees right now if we are lucky. So spending time outside isn’t really an option. But now I’m jealous and wish it was. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Nicki! Yes, 12 deg. is pretty cold. Brrr!!! I was so glad we had such a nice day that day. I remember what 12 deg. is like from living in NH, SD and NJ. 🙂 Blessings to you! Thanks for visiting.

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