The View Outside My Window


I've invited my cousin's daughter, Amber Krueger, to once again grace our pages. Her thoughts are probably what all of us are thinking this winter...


Despite the forecast. Live like it is spring.
—Lilly Pulitzer

This is the view outside my window today.

We had a storm come in last night. It started with freezing rain, and eventually turned to snow. This is the most snow we’ve had on the ground all winter, I think.

There’s a certain beauty to it, no doubt.

But it makes things difficult. All my plans for today went out the window in favor of staying safe by staying off the icy roads.

This weather reflects my mood today well.

This year has done its best to kick my butt so far, and I can feel its weight pressing heavily on me.

And yet there’s a serenity.

I can’t really explain it.

Here’s to hoping that it won't be too long before the snow melts, giving way to spring, bringing with it new life and a freshness I’ve been missing.

Until then I’ll do my best to find solace in the quiet moments, to see the beauty in the heaviness, knowing this season will give way to another in its time.

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
—Ecclesiastes 3:11

Our guest writer, Amber Krueger, has a wonderful website herself where she crafts and cooks up a storm. You'll love it like I do! 

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Julie has been inspiring children, youth, and women as a speaker, teacher, silent retreat leader, author and mentor for over 30 years. She was the Director of Women's Bible Studies at Eagle Brook Church, is a certified Spiritual Director and the owner of Heart Matters Publishing Company. She is an alumnus of Bethel University and Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. As an author she has written Bible Study Curriculum and Devotionals, including her latest collaboration, Whispers of God's Grace. Julie draws on her wide range of life experiences, humor and love of God's Word and His creation for her writing. When she is not writing, you will find her absorbed in a good book, puttering in her garden or dreaming of France. Julie and her husband, Rey, live in White Bear Lake, MN and are the parents of two grown sons, Erik and Kyle.




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