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

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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • I like the thought of growth in my life. Just like many, I hate the idea that mature, steady growth requires time and consistency on my part. Yet God ALWAYS invites us into this pruning process with Him….it is indeed a process too. Sometimes its not “getting completed” that we need, but just holding His hand as we go through the process of it all together. Great post! Love the link-up!!
    Bethany Boring recently posted…Coming HomeMy Profile

    • I’m so glad you participate in the link up! And you’re right. The pruning process isn’t always pleasant, but the results are always pleasing to God :).
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…Magnifying Your MistakesMy Profile

  • Thanks for hosting.
    Jenny recently posted…Start Where You AreMy Profile

  • I’ve been busy and off-line a bit more, but I’m glad to read your post, Anita. I missed you! I had a rainy Monday where I am in Izmir, as well. (And I grew up in the desert, so rain is still miraculous even though I moved away 30 years ago!!!) Blessings on your link-up! (I can’t join this week.)
    Betsy recently posted…Fresh Starts: A Healthier YouMy Profile

    • Relaxation and time off is always good! We’d love to have you whenever you can join us :). I love rain, too (even through I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where we had an abundance of it!).
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…Magnifying Your MistakesMy Profile

  • Dear Anita … that word ‘inspired’ is like a breath of fresh air, inviting us to breathe deep something that will fill us and refresh.

    For me? A walk oceanside. The wind and the sound of the waves and the mist that rises up speaks loud and clear to me.

    I wish I could be there right about now!

    Have a good week, friend …
    Linda@Creekside recently posted…An Offering of the HeartMy Profile

    • I love walking along the ocean (but it doesn’t happen often because I live in a land-locked state 😉 ). How wonderful that we all have special places we can imagine when life gets rough and we need some inspiration!
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…Magnifying Your MistakesMy Profile

  • You reminded me of rain in the Sonoran desert.

    Thank you for that.

    • You’re welcome :). The desert is beautiful–in its own quiet way (unless it’s a good rain year, and then it’s just crazy colorful 🙂 ).
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…Magnifying Your MistakesMy Profile

  • Anita, it is funny how the weather can often bring a time of reflection. I have often felt that as I watch a good snowstorm out our family room windows. It’s good for us to ponder anew at the start of a new year. Blessings!
    Joanne Viola recently posted…Time, Prayer & EternityMy Profile

    • The lack of weather is what I hated about living in Southern California ;). When it’s always sunny, people think they have to move, move, move. Have a wonderful day–whatever the weather!
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…Magnifying Your MistakesMy Profile

  • I have been meaning to subscribe anyway, so I happy to do so. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Natalie recently posted…Last Year’s BooksMy Profile

  • I love a good winter storm! I’m inspired by today’s weather. It’s rainy and foggy at the same time. Usually we either get fog or rain, not both. I just thought it was a really creative expression God gave of the weather today.
    Lynnae McCoy recently posted…School Lunch on a Stick – Because Everything is Better on a Stick!My Profile

  • Love this – ” We are not destined to be the same, do the same and make the same mistakes over and over again. We have potential.” I imagined the beauty of those desert flowers. Great word picture. Many blessings your way friend!
    Carmen Horne recently posted…Because…we look forwardMy Profile

  • I don’t know a lot about the desert – haven’t spent time in that environment. We drove through the desert one year as we left Texas and drove to Santa Fe NM – it was very dry and windy and I remember the tumbleweed blowing across the highway as we sped along.
    The analogy is excellent!
    I linked; however, I can’t say it’s my most inspiring post ever but the most recent!!!
    Susan Shipe recently posted…a little wonder to start the week!My Profile

    • Thank you for linking, Susan :). I believe God directs readers and linkers to say and hear the things they need :).

  • Thanks so much for the link-up and for the reminder of all that we have in Christ! Blessings to you and yours.
    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup recently posted…The Hardest Prayer To PrayMy Profile

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