Spring is my favorite season. The long, cold winter gives way to budding tulips, fragrant blossoms and gentle breezes. Right now my tulips have started to come up and I'm outside every day staring at them, as if they will miraculously bloom instantly. I saw my first robin a couple days ago, it's so thrilling to see those cute little birds hopping around the yard with their head cocked, ready to pull up a worm.
It's also the season for new beginnings and fresh starts. I'm wrapping up a Bible study on the book of Joshua, and ready for a new study on Philippians! I'm still editing and writing my books, but am keeping myself open for fresh ideas for my next novel. I'm hoping to be inspired as I start spending more time outdoors walking among the trees and flowers.
I'm even excited about spring cleaning! Not normally my favorite task, I was looking at the refrigerator the other day and decided I need to spend a day soaking the shelves and making it spic and span. The blinds in the living room are next!
Hope this spring season is a blessing to you and your family :)
I love mornings. The world is robed in silence save for the array of cardinals, chickadees and sparrows busily feeding at that hour outside my living room window. Sitting in my comfy chair with a tall glass of fruit smoothie reading God's Word is the perfect way to start the day.
I also like to write in the morning when I'm fresh. My Ragdoll kitty Jingles, however, seems to find the early morning hour perfect for zooming around the house and playing. I will be on a roll typing away when I find myself poked with a little paw accompanied with an insistent meow. Somebody wants to play. I set aside whatever I'm working on and indulge this spoiled little kitty with a rousing game of string or whatever suits her fancy at that hour.
I do learn a lot from Jingles, though. She is perpetually in a good mood. Every day I find her purring, playing and talking like crazy. Yes, she can give a grumpy meow if I am not feeding her fast enough or letting her steal my spot on the couch. But she is never depressed, she greets each day with joyful anticipation.
The Bible talks about keeping a positive attitude in Philippians 4:88 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I tend to be a worrier, so I believe the good Lord put Jingles in my life to remind me to think on the bright side of life, and give my cares to Jesus. And maybe to give me a little comic relief too.
I just received my heirloom tomato and carrot seeds in the mail. It's exciting to see exotic varieties, St. Pierre tomato, Pierce's Pride tomato and St. Valery carrot and anticipate what they will turn out like.
Last year was the first year I really started gardening. I learned so much along the way. I planted pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots and a zucchini. I researched and researched what to put in the soil (eggshells for tomatoes) and when to fertilize (every eight weeks). I learned gardening was an exercise in faith. When I planted that tiny tomato seed into the soil, I had faith it would grow into a full-size tomato plant. I remember transplanting the tomato outside in May and being amazed at how the stem tripled in size in a matter of weeks. Same with our faith, Jesus tells us if we have faith as a grain of a mustard seed nothing shall be impossible. I'm finding myself trusting Jesus more and more in every area of my life. Believing, even though my faith is as tiny as that tomato seed is, that I can bless others and do great things for God's glory.
At the end of the gardening season last year, I had flourishing tomato plants and thoroughly enjoyed salsa, spaghetti and just a big old slice of tomato on a blt. The pumpkins didn't do quite as well, I ended up with one pumpkin out of six plants. But I did learn how to fight aphids, and also learned my little zucchini probably cross-pollinated and kept my pumpkins from producing fruit. The carrots were oh-so delicious and the zucchini did fairly well. I will take what I learned last season and apply it to this season. I'm already planning more tomatoes, garlic, carrots and zucchini again.
Just like in writing, and in my walk with the Lord, I'm ever learning and pressing on to higher ground with the garden as well. May you be blessed in all that you put your hand to as well!