Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blessed Sunshine!

I'm going to be honest... I don't like winter at all! I used to love a fire in the fireplace on a cold winter's night, but I've been fighting with ours like we're a couple of knights in a jousting match and I've got the battle scars to show for it. We purchased firewood that was too wet and if I use pieces that are too big I have a reverse chimney... so, I find myself fanning the living room like crazy and jousting the logs like mad (branding my wrists on the frame) in hopes it will give into my persistence and just WORK like it's suppose to.

I love the warmth and the healing power of the sunshine. I dream of laying on the beach next to my soul mate, allowing the sun rays to envelop me in all of their vitamin D glory. God didn't make a mistake when He created the sun... it is essential and life-giving and I long for it on these cold, dreary winter days.

In the winter, I'm freezing all of the time, especially my extremities. Here recently, the tips of my toes have been incredibly painful and I thought it was the result of a new pair of shoes. But, after retiring the shoes my toes never recovered. As I did more research, I learned that I have the symptoms of Raynaud's Syndrome. Apparently, there is a vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the extremities. It occurs most often in the hands and predominantly in women. In 40% of the cases the toes are affected. The condition is exacerbated by the cold weather and emotional stress... As the blood supply to the area is restricted there tends to be a "deadening" at the very tips of the toes. It feels like blisters beneath the skin and very tender to the touch. Some of the remedies include staying warm and reducing emotional stress...

I guess I need to make the necessary preparations to move to St. Thomas :)

Well, in a nutshell, I miss the sunshine and the warmth and I long for those balmy summer days... Thank-you Jesus for showing me your smiling face... it puts sunshine in my soul!!

Marisa

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