To walk with measured and regular tread, as soldiers on parade; advance in step as an organized body. To walk in a deliberate and stately manner…or better yet…The third month of our calendar year. Time marches on and now it is March…again. For the first time in a very long time I find myself almost excited to see what lies ahead of us.

They say (the old wives you know) that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb. And visa versa actually. Well, March definitely came in like a lion this year…the storm started just after midnight so it truly was March when it started. Thunder rolled in the distance and I caught a few glimpses of lightening which of course brought the thunder so much sooner. To be honest, I didn’t watch much as I am an avid storm sleeper. Yes, it’s true, I could probably sleep through a tornado if it didn’t hit my house. Light sleepers beware, this is the time of year when you truly can have all 4 seasons in a single day. At least here in Ohio.

It’s this time of the year when I miss Texas (oops…did I just say that?!) I remember watching the cloud formations and could just about guarantee a funnel was about to come down. Granted these were not killer tornados – just small twisters. But I loved it. OK, ok, it has taken twenty-six years (that’s how long I have be gone) to admit I do miss some things about Texas. I do have some good memories from that place. I got to know quite a few good people down there. I will go back for a visit sooner than later.

But…none of that has to do with why I am excited about what’s coming. It is a NEW YEAR…it is a NEW MONTH…and God’s mercies are NEW EVERY MORNING. EVERY morning. I started a new job at the VERY END of last year…and each day brings me more joy than the day before. Every morning I get to sit and read (Jesus) my husband’s love letter to me, telling me what HE wants me to know. Encouragement when I need it, direction, correction (ouch) it hurts when He has to give me an attitude adjustment but it makes me a little more LIKE HIM when it happens so I won’t complain. I will just keep smiling and praise His name at all times. Especially when I feel least like it…that’s when it is needed (by me) the most. It’s not a lie…it’s a goal. I think Mya Angelou said “just because you are in pain doesn’t mean you need to BE ONE.” I love that…and it is so true. So I DO try to be nice to every one. I truly DO love my job because I get to help other people and they appreciate it.

Someone told me today (at work of course) that I seemed to be smiling every time she saw me and said she really appreciated it…she said “Keep smiling, it’s contagious”. I have to agree…don’t you? If so, let’s infect the world in which we live. It would be so much better if we did.