Let’s Have a City Roll-Call!

Ok, Sisters, your replies to the previous post have inspired me to pen this one. As I read through your comments to our walk through the woods, I was stricken with a fresh sense of awe over the lovely grace of God to tie our lives together in Christ from so many different locations. We are a clickstream from a spider web in thousands of ways but this screen can also become a coloring book of connect-the-dots for people who love Jesus. Last night when I did Bibby’s Secret Closet with Annabeth and Jackson, I gave Annabeth one of those CraZArt Spiral Art sets. You know what I’m talking about:


Since I talked in the previous post about where I live, lots of your comments referenced your own surroundings. By the time I’d noted the locations of the first six, I practically had a lump in my throat. The gift I gave Annabeth last night popped right back into my mind. Your comments swirled the page like geographical Spiral Art, and of the sacred kind, bright and multicolored. Just take a look at a smattering of them and behold a glimpse of you. Each of these sentences are copied and pasted from comments to the last post that took us on a walk through the country.


I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and we are just waiting for Spring.


I’m here in the Mid Atlantic on the shores of the Delmarva Peninsula where the winter won’t loosen its grip and we still have snow on the ground when we should be about ready to cut grass for the first time this season.

Next time, let’s do a walk in New Zealand!!

I have been out enjoying our Spring weather too because before we know it we will be trapped indoors with the air conditioning
here in Az. (Arizona)

We are still waiting for it here in Ohio—it snowed yesterday!

My family has the privilege of owning a cabin in the NC mountains and it’s a little slice of heaven on earth.
(North Carolina)

Wave surges are shockingly high – my fair Island
will be swallowed up in the storm surges. So thank you for the glimpse of Hope in Spring.. -6 C wind chill feels like -29 just in case we thought we might like to put our face outside tonight… 
(I loved this one because I don’t have a clue where it is but it’s a “fair island” and COLD. Thank you, Iris! You took me there through your words without my even knowing where I’d gone!)

I love long walks in the country, but being from Illinois, I don’t quite have the same scenery you have (and might I say in a whining voice…I also don’t have your TexMex), especially those slithering things (except the black snakes).

l appreciated, being a California girl, all the references to various snakes, and remember the “rattlers” we used to see all the time…now living in Costa Rica, snakes have taken on a whole new meaning: we have some deadly AND aggressive snakes here, not shy, like the rattlers, but snakes that will actually “hunt you down.”

Living on the Portage River for nine years in MI, I experienced lovely spiritual moments: our giant blue heron flying low down the river, a white mother swan swimming down stream with a baby swan on her back, a shy deer family eating apples from under our apple tree. precious moments I’ll treasure now that we are living in the desert in AZ.
(She goes on to identify Fountain Hills, AZ)

Thanks for the refreshment…still feels like winter in PA…longest winter ever!

Your back woods look alot like mine up here in Central Saskatchewan – except for the fact that we’re still layered in a few feet of snow.

Loved taking this walk with you! I love your wild woods! They remind me of the woods around here in TN

AHHH where were those boots last night? We had a black snake on our porch and here in my neck of the woods in Uganda…


Come on, somebody! Give the Lord some praise! Is that gorgeous, or what??

So here’s what I want you to do if you feel like participating. Leave a comment telling us where you live and, if you don’t mind, add a description heavy on adjectives so we can picture ourselves there with you. I am looking so forward to this!

I’m so blessed to serve you, Sisters. The beauty of sisterhood in Christ is a work of divine art.  I kept thinking that last week at the Colour Conference in Sydney because my friend, Bobbie Houston, has been so phenomenally used by God to gather a sisterhood of servants around the world to aid the poor, the oppressed, and the abused. We are a part of the same sisterhood because we are also in Christ and called to do some good in this weary world.

What an honor to seek Him with you. Unity is not about lining up on 100 points of doctrine. It’s about faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the holy Son of God, born of a virgin, crucified for our sins, raised from the dead, and returning to take His Throne. If that’s what you believe, you’re blood to me. I think sometimes the stuff of unity is all the sweeter to Christ – not when we already see eye-to-eye on all our doctrine but – when we don’t. Sometimes just agreeing that Jesus Christ is Lord is bond enough. When we only agree to love people and walk with people just like us, that’s tantamount to making our goal to become more like ourselves. Ick. Somebody else can have that. I’m trying to figure out how to forget myself, not make a mirror out of every woman of God I see. I want people to sharpen me, to cheer me onward when I’m discouraged or harassed, to make me think, and to keep me growing. A mirror can only make me more like me.  Give this girl a seat by the window and let her capture the features of Christ gathered from the faces of many.

OK, rescue us all before I get sappier. Let’s hear about your locations!



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  1. 601
    Gretchen says:

    Gutenberg Tag from Germany, just a stone’s throw from the Netherlands and Belgium. The sun is up, the birds are chattering, and the trees are budding. (It reminds me of the song “Pass It On.” Anyone remember? Verse 2: What a wondrous time is spring when all the trees are budding. The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love once you experience it. You want to sing, it’s fresh like spring, you want to pass it on.)

  2. 602
    Ashley says:

    As a Minnesota native, I’ve been inhaling and soaking up every ounce of sunshine here in Graz, Austria, where the spring comes much earlier to the cobblestone streets and 500 year old buildings which line them.

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    Spiritmom says:

    I think we need a description of Bibbys secret closet!

  4. 604
    Megan Cohn says:

    Hey Yall! I am writing from a small town in the Bootheel of Missouri- Kennett to be exact! We are a small farming community that most people have never heard of but we are the home of some very big music stars- Sheryl Crow and David Nail!
    We don’t have many exciting things going on except for the whole community looks forward to fall. This is when the crop of our area is in full bloom- Cotton! It is beautiful when the crop is bloomed out..Looks like snow everywhere! and this is also the time for the County Fair!
    So if you ever find yourself in the Bootheel of Missouri chances are you can find some amazing BBQ, the best sweet tea you will ever drink and enjoy some good ol’ Southern hospitality!
    God is good!

  5. 605
    2bluemom says:

    I’m in Columbia, SC. Spring has come and gone a few times but today it is HERE! Enjoying beautiful blue skies and the view of lots of pine trees out my window. Plenty of palmetto trees around here, too. 🙂

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    k&c's mom says:

    It is a beautiful spring day here in Round Rock, Texas (a superior suburb of Austin!) The bluebonnets (our state flower) make stretches of the highway and fields around here look like an ocean of blue. Families stopped all over taking group shots in the blooms. Love this time of year in central Texas!

  7. 607

    I’m sitting in my living room in Kitakyushu Japan after a day of sweet worship and fellowship with our church plant here. In the past couple of days the cherry blossoms have started to bloom. The world around us is pink and petite for a few days until those delicate little petals fall to the ground. Spring is springing and warmth is in the breeze. A fresh moving of the Holy Spirit is drawing seekers and stray believers into our fellowship as the second year of our church plant begins. I love how the newness of Spring brings refreshment and renewal in our spirits and we soon get to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!!! Our car broke down this week and as result the manager of the car dealership’s daughter will be joining our new Elementary kid’s outreach this spring. The doorbell rang during our Bible study this afternoon and over the intercom we witnessed to a Jehovah’s Witness making his rounds, he refused to come in and join our Bible study (this time ;P). And my osteopath has now attended worship with our church plant for two weeks after my chance to speak with him about The Lord every week for six months while I’m on his table for treatment of lower back pain. He’s now reading his Bible and searching for truth. I love how The Lord works in the little things! Spring in Japan is my favorite time of the year!

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    Claudia says:

    In the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas we’re close geographically with the same sorts of critters and a spoiled yellow cat that takes walks to the pond with us. The bright yellow evidence of spring spreads over our glass table on the deck and even poor Daisy could use some Kitty Claritin. The woods are thin now until nature springs back from its nap. Then we will be full and lush here with vines in the trees and the sweet smell of honeysuckle wafting in the air. Soon. Today we will enjoy 71 degrees and the grass is changing from a drab, dormant yellow to gorgeous green. The daffodils are pushing through to show off and I can see the orange tiger lilies are ready to come back too. Today will be a good day to move a few bulbs from the rain soaked ground to a new area. To spread the beauty, just like when sisters move and bring their sunshine to their new home!

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    Ruth from North Idaho says:

    I live in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, a city nestled on the shores of a mountain lake of the same name. Last week our tulips we’re reaching out through the snow, and this week it feels like spring is finally coming. We live in the beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest…

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    Dawn wilson says:

    I am sitting on my couch with my dog (boys are all still sleeping) the sun is rising on the beautiful Long lake in Lacey, Washington. The water is moving softly and it is mesmerizing the way the sun and trees are all reflected like a mirror image. I am trying my hardest not to be distracted by the smudges on the windows from my boys, the windex is calling me, along with a multitude of other daily tasks. I will resist for now and enjoy the moment, the peace, the gift of a new day.

  11. 611
    Christy Pond says:

    My family is so blessed to live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado! We just returned from a weeklong ski trip where we met with the Lord literally on the mountaintop every day, in the midst of the sparkling pure white beautiful snow! Yesterday we returned to our home, located in the foothills just outside Denver, near Conifer, Colorado, where no matter where we are coming home from, we roll down our windows and breathe in the fresh, cool, clean, dry air that always smells of pine. Oh we love it here! We are lucky not to have much in the way of snakes (we’ve only seen one in almost nine years and the poor guy was so little and harmless and clearly out of his element up here in the altitude that we just had to feel sorry for him). What we do have are some of the Lord’s most magnificent creatures in abundance, herds of deer wandering through our yard, gorgeous foxes with their precious kits each spring, the occasional herd of elk, many majestic hawks and sometimes even eagles. Oh we are blessed to live among some of the Lord’s most striking handiwork every single day! Thank you for giving this opportunity to share it!!!

  12. 612
    amybhill says:

    Hey- I just clicked back to read some of the posts and noticed… Beth, you called us sisters! Was that a reverse-siesta typo? 🙂

  13. 613
    Deb Dickerson says:

    Hello from the Black Hills of South Dakota! We live just outside of Rapid City…….about 25 miles from the awe-inspiring Mt. Rushmore. When the mud dries up, I’ll also be out trompsing in the woods. Deer, turkey and an occasional red fox trail cross our property just below the house on a regular basis. So delightful to observe wild creatures in nature! It has also been a very, very long and cold winter here. There’s a storm moving in tonight that is predicted to bring 6 more inches of snow! Signs of spring are, however, peeking their heads up around my yard. Tiny little spots of green dot the area…….I can hardly wait to play in the dirt again!!

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    Marla says:

    I can’t believe you posted pictures of snakes on the LPM blog!!!! I thought this was a ‘safe’ place….(I’m totally joking but snakes are my biggest fear and when I scrolled down to catch up on posts I was like WHAT IS THIS?!?!?) I then had to strategically scroll down with my eyes covered. haha. Anyway I’m in South Dakota recently moved from Montana. Its spring one day and winter the next. Can’t wait to take my 8 month old son on consistent stroller walks!!!

  15. 615
    Sue says:

    Greetings from north central Ohio! Last night (March 29) it snowed about 3 inches! This is the worst winter in about 20 years around here, and everyone I know is feeling a little under the weather. Apparently tomorrow it’s supposed to be almost sixty degrees, so I hope no flooding will occur. This girl needs some sun and warmth!

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    Nimo says:

    From beautiful sunny Nairobi, Kenya.

  17. 617
    Michelle Cass says:

    I live in central Illinois. Today, the sun is shining and we are supposed to see 50 degrees! To my teenage son, that is shorts weather.

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    Warm greetings to you all on this cold icy day in Nova Scotia, Canada. I live on the eastern coast of Canada. We are not so patiently waiting for Spring, however, are currently in the middle of yet another winter storm. This one is giving us lots of freezing rain. I just went outside and took some pictures of the ice laden branches. You can actually hear them rattling as they move. Nova Scotia has the beauty of the Atlantic ocean almost totally surrounding us, with salty air and waves crashing on our shores. It also has the beauty of rich fertile farm lands and some high magnificent mountains. We are blessed to be home to the Apple Capital of Canada (Berwick) as well as the Blueberry Capital of Canada (Oxford). I relish in the four very different seasons we enjoy here. Rich blessings to you all!

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    Julie says:

    I am in Jackson, Mississippi and Spring is in full bloom! We’ve already had our jonquils, buttercups, and daffodils bloom along with our Japanese magnolias, forsythia, and quince. Right now the azaleas, wisteria, dogwoods, and red buds are about to pop! Everything is greening up beautifully! The skies are a gorgeous blue and we are warm during the day and pretty chilly at night. The only drawback is that the pine trees are starting to let go of the pine pollen that truly blankets life! In a couple of days, our world will be covered in yellow! It is absolutely gorgeous here!!!

  20. 620
    Suzanne in RI says:

    Harrisville, RI: rural woods- no leaves on the trees yet, daffodils trying their hardest to punch through.

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    Rebecca McLemore says:

    Spring has blown into Las Vegas, Nevada! The desert trees are full of life and blooming with pollen. Its a breezy 65 degree day here and even blew in some rain from somewhere – we aren’t sure where because the sun is shining!

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    Elaine Brady says:

    I’m over here in a tiny little one stop light town called Jefferson, Ga. We are north east of Atlanta and a little north of Athens. Spring has been trying to make its way over, but it’s been kind of touch and go. Just in the last week we’ve had highs in the mid 70s, a couple days in the 40s, and then everything in between. Like the rest of the country, our winter this year has been harsh and everyone is ready for spring to officially take off!

    The good news is that on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining its glorious light all around and the sky is blue- a welcome treat from the overcast skies we’ve had for the last several months. Yesterday God delivered some wonderful rain our way to wash away the yellow pollen that was starting to collect everywhere. Today everything looks so clean outside and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. The wind has picked up a little making it feel a bit chillier than the 61 degrees the thermometer reads on my screened in back porch. If it was warmer we’d spend most of the afternoon out there. Many of the trees in my wooded back yard are starting to flush out buds or tiny, bright green leaves while the two-toned yellow and white daffodils out on my front walk are looking happier each day.

    This afternoon we’ve got a very important task at hand: preparing for the arrival of the ruby throated hummingbirds. They are the only variety of hummingbirds those of us east of the Mississippi River get to enjoy. About this time of year the birds will begin migrating back north and many of them love to stop in our area. Everyone in my family loves those little bright green birds, even our Rat Terrier, Sarge. So as I spend the afternoon cleaning the feeder and making bird food, all of my Siesta Sisters will be in my heart, tagging along. 🙂

  23. 623

    This is Paulette Carson who lives in Nogalus, Prairie (in the middle of the Davy Crockett National Forest) in East Texas. As the crow flies, we are 1/2 way between Lufkin and Crockett. The most recent description to give you now that our power is back on after more than 24 hours without it, is the craziest storm ever! I had just returned from Sugar Land, TX with my dear Romanian friends to spend the night here and visit before they headed home. The day was hot and sticky already, then the sky turned dark and surly. The wind whipped up the trees. Lightening flashed all around. Tree limbs, porch furniture, all manner of objects flew sideways across our property. We have a gorgeous view from our back porch over our acreage which includes a bass pond, green grass, rolling pastures, tall pine trees, pecan trees, fig tree, sweet cows, and four yelping dogs. The most gorgeous full double rainbow leapt out to grace the skies after the storm blew through. What a fabulous Amen and Amen to our Romanian friends as we finished spending time by candle light in sweet fellowship. Today, all is sunny and bright, but with less pollen in the air! Thanks!

  24. 624
    Cher Goeder says:

    The sun is shining in Toledo, Ohio,today and the weather forecast is for a beautiful spring day. As winter roared through Ohio these past few months, we’ve had a record snowfall. And although the calendar says spring, winter might not be quite finished yet. But if you’d like a bit of sunshine come join us a week from Wednesday as we will begin Sacred Secrets at 7 pm at Calvary Church. If you live in our area, we’d love to meet you.

  25. 625
    Maureen says:

    Spring came early here in Logan, Utah, and we’ve had warm sunny days and days with lovely rain. But then we keep getting random cold days with flurries! Earlier this week we had big fat snowflakes — the kind that look beautiful as they settle on the grass and crown your hair as you walk, then as soon as you’re inside they melt and it’s like you’ve just showered! Right now we have little tiny flakes falling like confetti. After a terribly dry, hot, long summer last year, we are so blessed with this moisture!

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    Debbie Hill says:

    Hi I live in Auckland, New Zealand a multicultural city where you can taste every flavour of Asia or a simple European/American meal. Within a 25min drive I can be walking the golden sands of the easy coast or if I want it a bit more rugged then the surf beaches on the west are the best, they are also the best place to watch the sun set. However of beach is not your thing then right next to the beach is the luscious green bush. But then we can stop for a coffee (or tea in my case as I’m British living in NZ) as Auckland is full of great places for coffee. But if you were walking with me I would take you to Cornwall Park, out very own piece of paradise in the middle of the city. We wou be overcome by the might oak trees that are at every corner and there God would meet us.

    • 626.1
      Kimberly says:

      Debbie-I’m slightly jealous of you…. ( c : New Zealand is SOOOO beautiful! Enjoy the view for me! Thankful for where God has me… and if He ever allows me to go back to New Zealand to visit… I would not be opposed. ENJOY!

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    Donna says:

    Spring in Athens, Georgia–beautiful weather in the 60s and 70s, flowering trees everywhere; pollen hasn’t come down yet, not many bugs-best time of year here!

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    Christy Yates says:

    Here in Hahira (hey-hi-rah), GA spring has sprung and we are barreling head long into summer. It was 60 degrees and blindingly sunny when I went to Sunday school this morning. By the time I go back to church to present our passion play, The Promise, it will be in the 70s. Everything is blanketed in a thick dusting of southern snow, aka pollen. The azaleas that live my driveway are taller than me and their riot of fuchsia blooms have nearly blocked out any green leaves, making the bumblebees very very happy. If weather reports are to be believed, I’ll be breaking out sandals for our Wednesday night church supper, as temps will be in the mid 80s and the humidity will become my hairstylist.

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    Lori Jacobs says:

    Hi Beth – I am sitting here looking out at a bright, spring like sunshine in Appleton, WI. We have had an incredibly hard, cold, long winter with a lot of snow. It is 45 day today and feels like a heat wave to us. The snow is beginning to melt and I can even visualize a little green grass here and there. There is a brisk wind which is helping to dry out the earth and I glimpsed my first robin today. The chickadees are feeding on my bird feeder and singing a beautiful spring song. It won’t be long now before we can mow the lawn, one of my favorite pastimes! Blessings!

  30. 630
    deborah says:

    Hello from southwest Kansas! Lots of people would think we live in the middle of nowhere. We are small time farmers and I thank God often for the life and place He’s given us. We keep having a few nice springy days to tease us and then the cold or wind descends again! 🙂

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    Rena Gunther says:

    Blessings from South Louisiana—just next door to Baton Rouge in Denham Springs. Spring has arrived with its abundant blessings and renewed my hope. Only weeks ago our dismal surroundings reflected the dead of winter with its barren branches and icy cold air. My heart clung to the hope that spring cometh! And indeed it has!
    This Girl originally from the beautiful Pensacola, Florida has become accustomed to the schizophrenic weather of the Bayou State. But even extreme swings of the weather pendulum cannot change the reality of the arrival of spring here. I am awestruck by the changes in blooms over the past two weeks. Dusty yellow pollen carried by the winds of March has covered our landscapes. But no amount of sneezing could steal my joy! Imagine my delight when the storm clouds rolled in and the rain washed the slate clean again!
    There is no denying the unpredictable weather patterns of this world. Yet the Word tells us that as long as the earth remains summer and winter shall not cease {from Genesis 8:22}.
    While we are mindful of the extreme weather climates with often catastrophic effects on this globe, may we remain steadfast in our unchanging, forever faithful hope! Let us rejoice in the hope of our Risen Savior!!!

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    Heidi says:

    I live in the piney woods of East Texas–Lindale to be exact. At the moment I am sitting on my back porch listening to a choir of birds singing for joy. I relish a day like this where a cool breeze is blowing, skies are blue with a haze of white clouds, and the trees are about to bud with fresh greenery. The dogwoods are near full bloom and the azaleas are beginning to peep out–still pretty, but not as spectacular as usual as the leaves are burned from a record setting number of freezes this winter. I am pausing from a busy week of welcoming a new grandson into the world and at the same time grieving with a sweet couple who experienced the birth and death of their baby in less than 20 hours yesterday. The beauty I am soaking in at this moment is refueling my hurting heart. God has so generously gifted us with the beauty of His Creation and the pleasure of Spring. Praise His Wonderful Name.

  33. 633
    Annette Baal says:

    I live in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada. Stouffville is about 45 minutes northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Spring is coming slowly. I still have over a foot of snow in the backyard next to the fence and over two feet on my front lawn. It is black and dirty snow and I cannot wait for it to melt. The Canada geese are back and I am pretty sure I had a female American Goldfinch in the feeder on Friday. I am so thankful for the promise in Scripture:
    Song of Solomon 2:11-12
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    11 For lo, the winter is past,
    The rain is over and gone.
    12 The flowers appear on the earth;
    The time of singing has come,
    And the voice of the turtledove
    Is heard in our land.

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    Lindsey says:

    I’m Lindsey, and I’m writing from the small town of Soddy-Daisy, TN, population around 13,000. It is a quaint city about 20 miles north of Chattanooga, TN. Our sweet town is nestled between the mountains. Truly, everywhere you look, a mountain stands at attention protecting the valley below.
    At this time, Spring is trying to make its way to us. Each day brings a different story of wind, rain, cold, hot, etc. She will get settled in eventually, but until then we will tolerate her moodiness. The wildlife are moving about more freely as if to celebrate the freedom of the sun shining, and a warmer place to roam.
    Bring on the the sunshine!!

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    Janet Worthy says:

    Odessa, TX. What can I say? Flat, dry, brown, windy, see forever! Sound inviting? Let me describe the people. We are the far western edge of the Bible Belt and there is a church on every corner and it is reflected in the people of West Texas. I am a newcomer, been here 24 years , and after living all over the USA, I can honestly tell you these are the best people you will ever find anywhere. Solid, down-to-earth, God- fearing, God-loving GOOD people! There is a basic kindness evident here that I find lacking in many other parts I have lived and/or traveled to. We are currently in the midst of our longest-running “oil boom” and the influx of people are causing our infrastructure to be “bursting at the seams”, but everyone just pitches in and does what they can and remembers to be grateful, because we also remember clearly the “oil busts”! It’s tough to get a hotel room in my city these days, but if you want to visit, our guest bedroom is usually available:)

  36. 636
    Sherry Fisher says:

    I live on a farm in western KY, close to Murray, KY, chosen by Rand McNally as the Friendliest Small Town last year. Our land is gently rolling fields, dotted with woods of Oak, Hickory, Maple, and various other trees. Today the sky is bright blue and the sun is shining. Our daffodils are blooming and the grass is starting to green. We are thankful that our long winter may be finally behind us. Soon the farmers will be preparing the fields for the corn, soybeans, and wheat. Blessed.

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    Brenda says:

    Hello from sunny, windy (always! windy!) Wichita, Kansas!

    We totally get what the Bible talks about when the Holy Spirit is called a “mighty rushing wind.” We live with it daily and see the change it brings.

    May the Holy Spirit rush right on up into your world today and do some swirling!

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    Pam Sims says:

    My home town is Conway, Arkansas and today the sun is shining and a cool spring breeze is blowing. The trees have been longing to burst forth with the shades of spring and finally after a blistering cold winter the leaves are finally making an appearance. It has been a long winter and like so many of you my heart is anxious for Spring. I just returned from a week at the beach where it was still cold and windy but just being outdoors has been a breath of long awaited fresh air. There is an excitement in everyone’s voice and a “spring” in everyone’s step. It’s finally Spring!

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    Diana Byrd says:

    Well, Beth, here on Greensboro, NC, we have had THE strangest Winter weather I can remember in many years. More snow & ice than I care to describe. And, just when we think Spring is more than a date on the calendar, here it comes again! Snow “showers” – “wintry mix” – blah, blah, blah! Now I love snow as much as the next GSO native gal, but enough is truly ENOUGH! Praying/ hoping that the sweet Bradford Pear Tree blossoms, Jonquils, & Tulips beginning to peek out will not be snowed under, iced over, or blown to smithereens by the high gusts, which are way late, here at the end of March! Count me MORE than ready for the real Spring – warming temps, sunshine, & blue skies! I love calling NC home!

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    Donna says:

    I live in God’s corner of the nation in Northwest Ohio. Today was a gorgeous day filled with clear skies and abundant sunshine, though there was still some nip in the air. I sit overlooking our pond, surrounded by pine trees and grass that is aching to get some warmth and sunshine in order to turn green. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else on earth! God is so good and so faithful.

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    Mildred Rogers says:

    I live in Northwest Arkansas, and yesterday got to hike to a wondrous waterfall called The Glory Hole ..y’all google glory hole Arkansas ..and you will be wowed and amazed at God’s beautiful creation. My heart soared with GLORY and praise to HIM!!!

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    Valerie says:

    I’m writing from Boston. I moved here 15 months ago from Oklahoma City. Seeing signs of spring but alas it’s supposed to sleet again tomorrow. Soon! I’m loving Boston but miss OK/TX, too.

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    Emily says:

    Here in Topeka, Kansas it is 70 degrees and windy. No need for a hairdryer today 🙂 Spring is starting to arrive in Northeast Kansas. We’ve had a few 60 degree days here and there, but no prolonged spring weather as is expected this next week. About 20 to 30 minutes west on I-70, you’ll run into the Flint Hills. Wide open Kansas prairie cascading over gently rolling hills. It is breathtaking especially in the spring.

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    Beth Ash says:

    I live in Southeastern Ohio…really, the prettiest part of the state. I have lived in several places, but have called this home for the last 15 years. We live on the same property as the church where we have served…my husband as the youth minister, and I as a counselor and Bible teacher and a professor at a Christian university.

    The property is on 55 acres of rolling farmland with woods bordering the eastern and southern and some of the western borders, and the northern border is highway and beautiful hills and a pond. My office is the best room in the house (also the coldest…this has been the first winter that I just had to give up and move out of there because even my space heater just couldn’t cut it!). It is the breezeway between the garage and the kitchen…with sliding glass doors on the front and back walls of the room. As I look out the back glass door, I see a fenced in back yard where my kids used to play when they were small. The back fence is lined with the woods and a hilly field beyond. The front glass door leads out to the front sidewalk, a HUGE pine tree, and down the hill to the pond and hills beyond. (oh yeah…and a Budweiser distribution plant. We are often called the Bud Church. I prefer to turn that around and say…”this BLOOD’s for you”.)

    I have stomped about every inch of the property. I can walk up the long low hill to the church. My dog loves when I do walk (he can’t wait until it gets warmer and it isn’t so marshy out so we can walk again). The fall is splendid with color…and spring is a total joy! Looking forward to it.

    Athens is just a ten minute drive away, and this area boasts of many hiking trails, canoeing, farmland. It is an eclectic, funky place to live…a crossroad where the Ohio University intellectuals and students, local townies, Appalachian folk all meet. Everyone who comes here says it really is one of the most unusual places, in terms of culture, that you’ll find. Having lived in 8 different states, I have to agree. It reminds me of the Woodstock area of NY (where my family is from) and Roanoke, VA where I lived for several years…amalgamated together somehow.

    Anyway, not sure what else to say to describe this little pocket of Ohio. It’s like everywhere else, yet like nowhere else. It’s home.

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    Ashley D. says:

    I’m sitting at my desk looking out our window of our home in Huffman, Texas. The tall pine and oak trees give shade to the deer as they walk past our yard looking for some dinner. There are several cardinals I see on a daily basis. Love nature and getting to live in this great state. I also know as I look out, there are tons of spiders too!! ha!

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    Martha says:

    I live in the deep south in beautiful, historic Natchez, MS. Our town is high on a bluff overlooking the majestic Mississippi River. Every day as I drive about I pass at least five grand antebellum mansions.. we have over 100!! Would love for yall to come visit! Right now I am looking out the windows of my sun room into my back yard. There is a HUGE pecan tree with lots of greenery that recently had little white flowers blooming surrounding the trunk. Over to the left there are gorgeous bright pink azaleas blooming. Along the fence in the back are more pale pink and white azaleas and to the right a large hedge serves as a fence. My sweet mama and daddy lived here before my man and I traded houses with them back in 1990 so all those flowers were planted by my mama with daddy’s help… how I miss them both! The grass is green with new growth and already needs cutting! Today the sun was shining and the temp was in the high 60’s! Come visit anytime siestas!!

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    Leigh says:

    Cypress, TX, not far from LPM headquarters! In fact, close enough that I consider the Sonic on Louetta “my” Sonic! The view is suburban, but the mass profusion of blooming azaleas is spectacular. Perhaps at long last, the crazy winter we’ve had here in SE Texas is over? And bringing a chuckle to me as I drove out of my neighborhood this morning for church: There’s a home that seems to have inflatable lawn decorations for every month/season/holiday. Yesterday the green leprechaun still adorned the front yard. Today, there’s a large bunny in front and a group of pastel eggs in the side yard. It’s fun to guess what they will have next.

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    Beth says:

    It was a bright and beautiful spring day here in San Diego, California! I drove west toward the beach, over the bridge to the quaint little city called Coronado. Tourists were out on the streets enjoying the sunshine. I drove down to Silver Strand State Beach sat with my toes in the sand listening to the waves crash as I read a book. Thank you Lord for allowing me to live in such a beautiful place,even though a walk in the woods sounds divine! Thank you Beth for all your do!

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    Shirley Johnson says:

    Greetings from Brenham, Texas! The land of Blue Bell, baseball, and bluebonnets! It truly is a little slice of Heaven here on earth. The wildflowers are beautiful this time of year!

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    Mandy says:

    I live in Grove City, PA about one hour north of Pittsburgh (aka “Steeler Country” – people here LOVE their Pittsburgh Steelers!) and awoke today to more wintery cold whiteness. And yet this afternoon, the sun pushed itself through the gray mass of clouds and the temperature rose to just a bearable enough point that I could go out into my garage to get my bicycle tires pumped up and primed for that inaugural spring ride of the season (whenever that should be!). Spring is coming, women – hang on! Better yet, Jesus is coming, women – hang on!!!

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