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 springingup
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 windof the Spirit. New life . . . spring forth. Awaken winter’s dead. Heavenly showers fall— rain flowersupon 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
I wonder what happened? A
missing petal caused the lily to
appear incomplete. I feel that
way sometimes, when I’m caught
off guard and respond in ways
that are or unkind to those
around me. Then perfection
raises its ugly head and accuses:
“You’re still flawed, incomplete, imperfect!”
Disappointment grips my heart and I cry out…“How long O Lord, how long?”
Then I hear the still small voice within;“As long as it takes.” And my heart is encouraged.
How about you? Ever get discouraged or impatient when your reactions fail to reflect the
love of God? If so, isn’t it good to remember the promises from God’s Word.
The truth is, every follower of Jesus is a work in progress, and we need to trust Him to do
the changing while we do the trusting. The Bible encourages us to let our roots grow down
deep in the soil of God’s love and embrace this promise.
I am certain that God, who began the good work within
you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on
the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 NLT