It's officially been Spring for almost a month now but the weather here has been far from Spring-like! That is, until the last week or so. Finally the weather has caught up with the calendar and I couldn't be happier!
It was a long winter!! Not nearly as cold as last year, at least in our opinions, but it certainly was long...and gloomy! But the last few days have been warm and SUNNY!
I never realize how much I love the sunshine until it's gone for a time and then comes back! I do love a rainy day, especially where there is nothing pressing and creative juices are flowing, but these days of late basked in the sun's golden rays, have warmed my soul!
I find it so rejuvenating when the sun shines and the wind is warm bringing with it smells of mud mixed with the newness of Spring! I love to open the windows and shake off the stuffiness of winter and bring in the fresh!
This winter has seem particularly stuffy and I am in no way sorry to see it go...mind you, with it went my hubby's employment, but we pray that as new growth springs forth so will the opportunities for him...for us! So if anyone is wondering, no he hasn't found employment yet. We are still searching and praying and in the mean time God is continually teaching us and is providing for us! And we are keeping busy! Busy with enjoying these wonderful Spring days, when optimism runs high and the days long!
Even with high optimism and glorious, sunshiny days, there is sadness. A loss of an Aunt for my hubby and my dear friend Grace is in need of prayers, as her battle with cancer is hard right now. It's hard to watch someone you care about hurt and struggle and to be completely helpless - so I petition your prayers for her and for all of those in challenging times right now!
Grace means so much to me...to us, and she has been an amazing example of God's goodness in our lives and she lives our her name so well....so much so that we gave Alice her name for a middle name. I am thankful for the friendship I have with Grace and I treasure it immensely - so please, pray!
Spring always brings a sense of hope to me. Hope in trials faced, in possibilities and in the unknown of the future....and hope gives me much strength. There are so many wonderful verses that come to mind when I put my focus on His hope!
It is a crazy world we are living in and it's growing crazier all the time - but there is comfort! Comfort in our God, in knowing Him and having His helper in our lives! It is taking time to reflect on His truths and to search out His ways. There is great comfort in finding joy. Searching it out each day, to see joy in the big ways and the little ways. It isn't always easy but it is possible!
And so as the ground dries, the puddles disappear, the buds burst forth and while there are moments of doubt, of worry and bouts of sadness - I will try to choose joy! To give focus to what is good, what is God, in the moments around me. I pray for His strength and I am thankful He has already promised it!
Spring is filled with opportunities to see God at work, to see His glory and to witness His hope and comfort! So as the warmth of the season comes upon you, let it sink in, deep down, and bring new life to your weary and winter worn soul!