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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Is It Raining, AGAIN?

The view from my back window is not exactly inspiring me these days.


It leaves me feeling heavy inside.

Try as I might, I can’t seem to get out of my dreary weather slump on my own.

Let’s just say I’m feeling a bit fenced in.


My usual spunk is drowning in the deluge along with the spring flowers.


Sad, isn’t it, how a little bad weather seems to sap the spirit?

It seems like my get up and go has up and gone!

I know it’s temporary. The temptation is to look to the future, to a time when the rain will stop, and ponder over what I’ll do differently when that time comes.

After all, it can’t rain forever, can it?

But what if that time never comes?

It’s easy to forget that this physical world we live in is limited. I don’t know what the future holds.

I certainly don’t know when the rain will stop, not the physical rain outside my back door, nor the spiritual rain in my heart.

I was reading through the spring issue of Eternal Encouragement (formerly TEACH Magazine) the other day, a whole magazine issue devoted to time and how it flies, whether we’re having fun or not. And I was feeling inspired to stop wasting so much of my time.

Eternal Encouragement is full of practical crumbs and encouraging morsels to munch on and savor, all bound up in a tidy package, small enough to fit into my (admittedly ample, but already stuffed) purse.


That’s right, it’s a half-size mag. Tuck it under you arm. Throw it in the diaper bag. Slip it into an over-sized pocket. Sneak in an article (or 2 or 3) while watching dear son’s soccer practice, lol.

The articles are short, to the point, and written by mama writers you’ve come to know and love (like Phyllis Sather, Cindy Rushton, and, of course, Eternal Encouragement’s founder Lorrie Flem). There’s nothing to strain the brain in these pages, but plenty of simple, easy to implement advice on how to make the most of your time.

Having a resource that’s easy to fit into my bustling life…that’s a plus. And there’s nothing to distract me from the point---Eternal Encouragement’s pages are almost entirely free of ads.

I wonder what the theme of the next issue will be? Surely something equally timely.

Visit to find how you can get a copy of this issue and subscribe to Eternal Encouragement.

officialmomDisclosure: I received this product for honest review from Eternal Encouragement Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program. All opinions expressed are solely my own.


  1. I applaud you for following through with this. I hope it is better than it was.

  2. Awesome! I can SO RELATE to your thoughts. Especially the NEVER ENDING part :-) It IS after all, the end of April.... :-) God Bless, Great review :-)

  3. The weather can definitely play a roll in our emotions. But, I too was inspired by the magazine to roll up my sleeves and make some changes.

  4. I am so with you on the "sick of this weather" moaning.
    Nice review :)
    fellow Gabby Mom

  5. Susan, I look forward to each review just to see what beautiful pictures I'm going to enjoy! Thanks again!
    Jenny, fellow GM

  6. The pictures are beautiful, great review! Blessings :0)

  7. Yours is the first review I've read about Eternal Encouragement. I love the picture of the magazine in your bag. Very beautiful review.

    Take care. I'm your follower now. Please visit me back!

  8. Great review! I think one of the best ones I've read so far. I loved your pictures, especially the one for feeling "fenced in"!

    Fellow Gabby Mom


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