What Inspires YOU this Monday?

#InspireMeMonday link up and a #giveaway! http://wp.me/p2UZoK-Fb via @blestbutstrestIt’s a beautiful rainy Monday here in my little corner of the world. We live in the high desert, so rain in the winter doesn’t happen very often.  My husband and I stood out on the front porch and watched the rain glisten in the street lamps and listened to the cheerful sounds it makes.  Maybe we’re nerdy and a little weird, but having lived in the desert before, we know the important role rain plays in the ecosystem.

Our first winter here, we had some snow, but scarcely any rain.  In the spring, a few cacti had blossoms.  Last winter, we had a few heavy rainstorms in the spring, and all summer long evening primroses carpeted the desert floor.  In addition, six or seven other varieties of flowers popped up throughout the summer. And so I’m eagerly looking forward to this spring–because I know that something new and different will surprise me.

Depending on the moisture content and temperature, different things will sprout in the spring and different plants will experience growth.  Therein lies the beauty and excitement of living in the desert.

We aren’t much different. We have unlimited potential for beauty and growth, but it takes time, nurturing and living water to bring out the best in us.  We are not destined to be the same, do the same and make the same mistakes over and over again.  We have potential.

In Christ, we have the opportunity of new life, new choices and new beginnings.  (tweet this)

For me, winter storms bring times of pondering, praying and organizing so that when God’s time is right, I will be ready to move forward.

We’d like to brighten your winter with the opportunity to win a $25.00 iTunes gift card. Enter here, and then make sure you link up your most inspirational post in our Inspire Me Monday link up.


Inspire Me Monday Instructions What’s your inspirational story? Link up below, and don’t forget the 1-2-3s of building community:

1. Link up your most inspirational post from the previous week (just ONE, please). 2. Vist TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment. 3. Spread the cheer THREE ways! Tweet something from a post you read, share a post on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer–just do it! Please link back to this week’s post or add the button to your post so that we can spread the inspirational cheer :).

I found inspiration for my Monday at #inspirememondays. Join us! (tweet this)
We seem to be having technical difficulties that are beyond my ability to solve :/. The good news? We’re going to use a different link-up tool for the rest of today’s link-ups :). Join us!

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So, go ahead! Take the plunge and share your most inspiring post with us!

Take a moment to visit the other hostesses, too! Angie, Cindy, and Denise.