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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I took some time to be in Salt Lake City from Nov 21 to Nov. 24. Heading home tomorrow. In January, I will be going through a 2-week brain rehab program at a facility called Cognitive FX in Provo. I learned about it from a substack subscriber. It sounds fascinating and also will be 8 hours/day of hard work. But as my friend, Dr. Peter McCullough told me: “Don’t settle for 90% as the new normal. Work hard and get all the way back to 100%.”
So I’m going to commit the time and money to the program. I went early to get the functional MRI (fMRI) to get a bit ahead of the curve (imagine that!!) The fMRI was Quite an experience. You do mental puzzles, word recall, picture memorization, and something they call "stacking" while they do the MRI.
Was so woozy afterwards sat in the parking lot for an hour before a beautiful 3-hour drive back through Provo Canyons.
It was cool and blustery in SLC but I’ve enjoyed the treat and the time away. I miss traveling and being mobile but when I get back to Ohio, I’ll be watching the snow flurries scamper across the back patio and backyard.
I love winter. It’s beautiful. It’s white. It’s clean...it’s peaceful and silent, except for an occasional gust of wind and plane passing over my house....and it’s temporary. It will pile up soon – into drifts with paths to shovel out. Spring will be here soon.
It’s Ohio. It’s winter. It’s the way the weather is supposed to be. And yet, almost everyone around me seems to be complaining about the beautiful God-given show:
I hate the snow.
I hate the cold.
I hate driving in this stuff…..like it’s an anomaly that happens once every 10 years.
....and on and on.
I actually love the long, cold, gray days... I love to snuggle in and hunker down, cuddling with little Teegan on the couch. Reading long waiting books. Writing substacks. Completing reorganizational house projects that never get done when it’s sunny and warm outside.
When the weather is inclement, it gives me additional pause to be grateful –
Grateful that I have a warm house.
Grateful for the warm, dry clothes I have to layer on when I need to go out.
Grateful for electricity – for a stove, a refrigerator, washer/dryer, music, my computer.
Grateful for a comfortable bed.
Grateful for food in the refrigerator, freezer, and storage pantry.
Grateful for HOT water for showers that last for more than 20 minutes.
Grateful for the internet.
Grateful for friends, colleagues, employees...and of course, for Teegan.
Grateful for the plans taking form for 2024.
Beyond being grateful for worldly things, it’s also a good time to reflect and be grateful for all that I have experienced over the last few decades of my life – from travel to tragedy – because the Bible says that ALL things work together for GOOD for those who love God. (Romans 8;28)
Look at each thing you see in front of you through a different set of eyes today. Look at your friends, your family, your home, the nature outside as though it will be the last time you ever see it. Soak it in. Feel the love. Be grateful.
Whether your view is a blizzard or a palm tree, mountain peaks or a manicured beach – remember to be rejoice and be glad, for these are the things the Lord has made!
And one last thing:
I am especially grateful for each and every one of you who supports my substacks, listens to my podcasts and purchases our product promotions. Beyond your financial support, and I am especially grateful for your prayers and kind words. For all of you who send cards, books, and other gifts, THANK YOU so much! Your support and love is so important and I can never tell each of you individually. So on this Thanksgiving Day, I am sending you all wishes of gratitude, from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the snow and the cold. You’re giving time to Your creations to sleep, to store up energy, and to rest before they undergo their Big Production in the Spring. Lord, show us that winter is also a time for humans to rest and restore. As You said in Ecclesiastes, ‘There is a time for every purpose – every activity – under heaven.’ In all things, we will do our best to be grateful... and use every experience to feel Your presence. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.