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Friday, April 1, 2016
FIRST FLOWERS OF SPRING!!
It's so exciting to see the flowers start to bloom here in the Midwest. Although this winter has not been too bad for snow and REALLY cold weather, it's still been a Midwest winter. So it's nice to see flowers and green grass and warm sunshine and birds chirping.
Spring is the time of year that reminds me of new beginnings and renewal. It is a season of fresh starts and new growth. I am reminded every spring how awesome God is. To look around at the cold, seemingly dead, barren landscape and see grass come alive and flowers bloom. How, from such lifeless things, such beauty can emerge.
It reminds me of myself. How lifeless and desolate my soul gets sometimes, and how God can bring such beauty from it. I go through seasons of growth and seasons of testing in my Christian life, and, although, the seasons of testing are difficult, Romans 5:3-5 reminds us of what those difficulties produce. It says,
"Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces
endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope
does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
I have been going through a season of testing for a few months and keep reminding myself of this promise. God is still good, all the time. I pray for the desire to seek God more. And I pray for the desire to open my Bible more. I pray for the renewing of my soul, and the beginning of a season of growth spiritually. I pray that I can remember the promises and grace and forgiveness and sacrifice that was made for me. That I can find JOY where I am. I know there will be an end to this season, and on the other side will be endurance, character, and hope. Because that is what GOD promises.
I am so very thankful for this journey, and that I am so very blessed.
Grace and Peace