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Life on The Outside

Iam thankful that I am able to poke my head out in the fresh spring air and take in the fragrant scent that comes on the heels of a brief warm rain. The skin on my arms and upturned face welcomed the sprinkle of moisture from heaven.

Yvonne Stegner
Special Contributor

Being a somewhat normal woman, I find my closet lacking in desirable spring clothes. I am reminded in Matthew 6:28-30 “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” KJV. I guess I had my answer.

One day sure felt like spring! Rumbling motorcycles passing through town, birds clambering for a spot on the bird feeder, people of all ages whizzing by on bicycles… I took advantage of the warm, sunshiny day to rid the yard of unsightly trash that had blown in over the winter, and get containers ready for planting. The feeling of digging in moist, but still-cool, dirt on my fingers evades description!

The weather was fit, so I ventured out and enjoyed the fish fry at the church across the street. The fish and fries were mouth-watering, and I really appreciated the assistance carrying my plate of food and my bowl of dessert. The friendly voices beckoning me to join their table were wonderful as well.

I so take pleasure in living “Life on the Outside”. Doing my own laundry (including folding and putting away), washing dishes, using the microwave, sweeping under the kitchen table, all mundane chores, but being able to do them brings me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. I anticipate the day when I have enough strength to operate a can opener.

An acronym I learned recently is B.I.B.L.E., which stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. I relish the time I can spend studying and learning about God’s words to us. At a Bible study not many days past, I was reminded that other people judge us Christians by how we act. In the Bible, a sentence from Titus tells us “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:11-13 KJV

The blanket of snow and ice shouldn’t linger long, according to the weather app on my phone. I look forward eagerly to warmer days, planting seeds, and watching life both springing to existence and meandering past. Life is good!

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