Embrace the Season

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We don’t have to leave our home these days
for the world’s bad news to come crashing
down upon us. Too much information crowds
our souls as we search the internet, scan the
news and browse Facebook. Sometimes we
just need to stop . . . pull back . . . and take a
break from the world.

The best way I know of getting away from it all is to get up early and watch a new day dawn. Now
with the changing of seasons, I love to take a walk and embrace the beauty of springtime. Signs
of new growth surround me and soon I’m down on my knees digging in the soil . . . pulling weeds . . .
transplanting old plants . . .adding new ones.

In the same way,  Spring can ring eternal in our hearts when we take time to walk through the
Word of God and embrace the promises found there. The eternal truths written down for us never
lose their power to renew and refresh our minds. Give comfort when we grieve a loss…and cause
new hope to arise in our hearts during times of stormy trials and winds of adversity.

There’s a hope rooted
down deep . . .
Deep in the soil of God’s love.
Winds of adversity
tests it . . .
Stormy trials try

to possess it . . .
But hope is rooted,
rooted down deep
in the soil of
God’s love.  

There’s a hope springing up
with shoots of

new growth.
Nothing can stop it—
Evil can’t thwart it.
Hope always
thrusts through

hardened soil,
softened by Spring’s rain.
Eternal hope . . .

Everlasting love.

Anchor of my soul,
birthed and
born again. (John 3:3-17)

Eternal Seed implanted . . .
catch the wind of the Spirit.
New life . . .
spring forth.

Awaken winter’s dead.
Heavenly showers fall—
rain flowers
upon my soul.

This hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out
within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

When Flowers Fade

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Seems like the older I get the
faster the seasons come and go…
and the challenges that accom-
pany them. This has been especially
true this year. Two sudden deaths in
our family, left us heart broken.

A special niece the day after Christmas, followed by the death of a brother-in law
just six months later.

We traveled to South Alabama both times, wanting to give support and comfort as our family grieved the loss of loved ones together.

Now months later, we are about to witness another changing season. Soon the flowers of summer will fade and fall as the heat of summer gives way to shorter
days and cooler temperatures with winter soon to follow.

I don’t feel ready for another winter. Seems like we just got through the last one.
Yet I love this time of the year when Autumn’s vibrant colors causes me to pause
and reflect on the faithfulness of God during the changing seasons of our lives.

Even the season of death and sorrow cannot take away the hope of seeing our
loved ones again. We believe they are just beyond the thin veil that separates
heaven and earth. What a great reunion in heaven awaits those who place their
trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our lives may seem like fading flowers on this earth, but we believe we will bloom
in heaven for eternity.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, so that whoever
believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Thirteen Hours Away – Reblogged Post by Verna Bowman

Happy Spring everyone…at least that’s what the calendar says today. We have sunshine this morning and we missed the snow storm and after effects that others are struggling with in the North East. I just wanted to share this post written by my dear friend Verna Bowman in anticipation of Spring. I hope you will take time to visit Verna’s blogsite. Blessings to you all!