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11 January 2011

Flowers of the Sun Sunflower Painting, Yellow Sunflowers, By Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Flowers of the Sun 2'
36 x 36  Oil on Canvas

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The snow continued yesterday. Terry and I took Paddy out for about a mile walk and my fingers were frozen despite my gloves.  Even my feet were a bit cold.  The day was spent doing washing and cleaning up wet floors between Terry and the dog.  BUT all the wash is done and clean sheets were on the bed last night.  We even added the heated mattress pad under the sheets. Stacey bought it for me three years ago when I had the flu and I was home alone with high fever, chills and NO HEAT in the house.  We had electrical power but our gas heat was out.  We have not used it since but last night we took a vote and it was 2 to nothing to put it on today.

Sheriff Paul called last night to see if we were all right and if needed anything. That was sweet. We did not try to go out at all because it simply was not necessary. We stayed tightly tucked in the house and in the afternoon I watched THREE episodes of Little House on the Prairie. Terry watched them with me.  I feel asleep on his lap with him stroking my hair.  Cozy warm for sure.

We may try to make it into town today. It is suppose to warm up so the snow will melt. Wish I could push it all into the pond. We are so low on water in the pond.

I remembered a story from my grandmother about a rabbit caught in a wood fenced yard. He had burrowed in and forgot where he came in.  Someone let the dog out and the rabbit was terrified to be found and literally raced in circles around the fence convinced he was doomed to die as the dog's next meal.  Finally he spotted the small hole... his only escape route.  He hopped hard toward the hole and disappeared through it.  The dog was laying up on the porch. He had better sense than to chase the silly rabbit. 

Sometimes our mind is like that rabbit. (I usually refer to squirrels in my head...but we will do rabbits today.) Our mind literally gets trapped in a fear complex of impending doom as we try to analyze and not be paralyzed by what is to come. HURRY HURRY HURRY... there is an answer. We think over the problem, forward, backwards and sideways making sure we have covered every detail we can think of to deal with it.  No freedom will come from this. The only freedom comes from giving it up to God. We have to surrender this control because we cling to it tightly every day.   Trusting Him to show us the way and allowing our heart to be lead by Him is so much better than us racing around dragging our heart behind us.  God is infinite in His wisdom and He already knows what is to be. It was written long ago.  Be assured that good will come to you through all situations and remember to give thanks for all that you have right now. Do not worry about the morrow, it will come soon enough.

"I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications." Psalm 116:1

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