Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Simple Gift of Rainy Days

There's something restful, calming, almost magical when it comes to rainy days ... the ones where you get to stay home.  You don't have to run errands or head off to work.  You get to stay put.

This is the introvert's dream come true.

You're alone, but not lonely.

And your soul gets replenished by leaps and bounds.

These are the days when you rise slow, when you putter with plants and laundry and bed-making.  You sit quietly with God, you journal your prayers, you meditate on His Word.

You might make biscuits or write notes or pay bills or get a bit creative.

You read.  For sure.

And take a nap.  Or two.


These days work best when done in silence.

Yet, for some reason you can't quite figure out, you feel strangely compelled to reach out and share where you are with those in your world.

All is well.

These are the good old days.

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Links to Linger Over
Ruth Haley Barton

Karianne @ Thistlewood Farms

Ed Cyzewski

Emily Freeman

Stay Cozy ~


36 comments:

  1. Yes, Linda, rainy days are idyllic for those activities adored by introverts. We just got through with many days of rain, however, and I'm glad to see the sun once again. Wasn't sure if it was ever coming back - lol!
    Blessings!

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    1. Martha, yes please to those sunshiny days wherever they are! Gray skies are a steady companion during winter by the sea.

      I've learned to love it all ...

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  2. I admit, I like a few of those days too. Not only that, I don't mind the shorter days this time of year. In the sunshine state it's a welcome sign of seasons. I think I could easily succumb go SAD so this is a good place for me to be.

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    1. Ah, Florida is sounding mighty fine right about now!

      Thanks for putting seasonal affective disorder (SAD) on the table, a debilitating problem for many -

      https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651

      When all is said and done, I can't help but believe that someone out there will be prompted to get the help they need after seeing this post.

      Debby, thanks for going there.

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  3. I need a rainy day to linger over those links! Love how you described a rainy day solstice - perfect!

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  4. Rainy days are great to sit and read - it is the perfect pairing. Unfortunately, today was rainy and I was in and out of the rain, car, stores, jobs, etc. I just got home at 9:00pm and was thankful for the warmth and comfort I felt as I dripped through the door. I will now curl up with a book and a grateful spirit that it is still raining outside, but I am inside!

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    1. I thought of you out and about ... I hope it all went well!

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  5. Unfortunately, the rainy days simply mean I do my job wet (if I have to get out of the office). But I do like those rainy days when I have nothing to do (I only work one day a week they say...LOL) and hear the patter of the rain on the metal church building roof.

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    1. Pastors and their families are all doing the eye-roll at that whole 'only work one day a week' fallacy, Bill!

      Blessings as you continue leading your flock there in Indiana, friend ...

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  6. I love this! "you are alone but not lonely" Isn't that a beautiful feeling? Happy day, my friend!

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  7. Rainy days and Mondays always get me down ... but not Saturdays, Sundays or days when I don't work. Tell me why ... I don't like Mondays.

    (Carpenters & Boomtown Rats).

    God bless.

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    1. Oh, THE CARPENTERS! And weren't those the days ...

      ;-)

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  8. I love the way you view the world through your introvert lens, Linda! I guess, because I'm mostly an introvert too ... and LOVE the rain! Lol! I hope the rainy days keep you busy with puttering and refueling on God and His word, my friend! Hugs to you!

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    1. Welcome back, friend! I hope your Christmas break was delightful, energizing, and gave you plenty of time with little baby Samson ...

      ;-)

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  9. Until you have been cooped up for over two weeks of constant rain. THEN even us introverts are crying, "ENOUGH"!!!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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  10. I love rainy days I like the shorter days of winter. It feels so comfy and hibernative (one can make up words, right?)

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    1. Sure, you can make up words, Carol! It's a sure sign that a creative mind is at work ...

      ;-)

      From one hibernator to another, thanks for being here ... and especially for warming my heart on the Grace & Space post ...

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  11. We used to call those taking naps and making cookies days when my girls were still children.

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    1. Making cookies is such a warm and inviting experience. Especially when someone else is at the oven ... and I'm safely ensconced in a comfy chair with a cup of tea ... and a handful of those warm cookies.

      ;-)

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  12. A day like that is lovely from time to time - perfect for being refreshed and recharged!

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    1. I remember Scotland has lots of rainy days ...

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  13. I used to like rainy days but not now with a long haired dachshund who literally looks like he scrapped across the yard in every possible puddle of rain. Chuckle chuckle

    Loved the undecorating article cause I am always sad to put the decorations away. Everything looks so empty. I am brainstorming now how I can re-decorate a little for winter...hmmmmmm

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    1. Yes, I love the idea of decorating for winter instead of stripping everything down and leaving the house feeling cold and barren when Christmas is over.

      There's still a lit tree with no ornaments. The mantle has blue and green books propped up against the wreath, and lights burn at every window starting mid-afternion.

      Keeping it cozy, 'ya know?!

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  14. Linda, I love a rainy day and truth be told, I love a good snowstorm (as long as it is not one of many). There is something special and tender about being in my home,harbored against the elements, which brings me a settled peace. Blessings!

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    1. Joanne, I thought of being caught in a snowstorm after I posted this, which certainly would have been more appropriate considering the time of year!

      You've written so beautifully of that tender feeling of being harbored in your home amidst a sea of white ...

      Love that.

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  15. Rainy days are delightful. I miss my old house. It was a tiny cottage in the woods and the bedroom had a ceiling that was just the peak to the roof. It was my favorite place to be on a rainy day. The best was when it would rain at night. There is nothing like falling asleep to the rain!

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    1. Oh, oh, a tiny cottage nestled in the woods! So romantic and cozy and ...

      Do tell, Becky!

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  16. Yup, only here, today, it is snow, and I couldn't be happier to brew a second cup of tea, look out the window, and let my teen sleep a bit later before we dive into school together. He's surely not going anywhere today with the roads a mess, and it does feel like the good old days to have this freedom!

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    1. Freedom. Yep, you've captured the feeling well, Michele. Who would have ever thought that being held hostage by messy weather could bring such a sense of warm relief ...

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  17. Beautiful, Linda. I'm sort of longing for actual winter weather right now, but rain would work too! Hugs, friend!

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    1. Agreed! The white stuff would actually be kind of soothing right about now ... and all my errands are done so I could hunker down and enjoy it.

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  18. Linda, I love rainy days. I love the light. I love the sound of rain falling on the roof. I love being able to take a nap in our family room with the rain falling on the skylights. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reminding me of some good ones of my own!

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    1. There's something very quieting about rain hitting the roof ... and gratitude emerges when we realize yet once again how blessed we are to be warm, safe, and dry.

      Thank You, Lord ...

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