A Blessing For The Believing

The blinds on the windows are closed today, Nothing much to look at. Just gray skies. A bit of rain. Downright gloomy, you might say.

But I just heard those birds chirping. Seems they decided to sing anyway, to act like it’s spring even when it doesn’t look or feel like it.

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And it makes me curious. So I peek out, searching in vain for the winged creatures that defy gravity and, at least on this day, common sense.

I cannot see them, but the sound of them lets me know that all is well.

And I imagine the days following Jesus’ ascension into heaven when His followers were waiting behind closed doors, windows shut tight, hearts clinging to invisible hope.

Suddenly, the promised Comforter, The Holy Ghost, God’s Spirit, came upon them, overwhelming their dark with the light of a new day.

But they did not see Him. The first sign of His presence was a sound. The sound of “a mighty rushing wind.”

And the first sign of our faith is the sound of our praise, the songs we sing to God even on dark days.

Listen. Jesus is speaking. His promise still whispers from the holy pages.

“Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Blessed are those who put their trust in God, who hope in things unseen, even when it makes no human sense.

Blessed are the believing.

The sun is beginning to drip from the cloud-soaked sky. Can you hear it?

It is the sound of gloom lifting and doubt falling, making way for spring, the joy of a new day dawning.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

Heavenly Father,
When life makes it difficult to see you,
let us hear you. May we be assured that you are
bringing something beautiful our way, even
when it doesn’t look or feel like it.
A new day is about to dawn.
Help us to believe.

How To Spring Forward When You Can Barely Move

So here we are again. That time of year when we push the clock ahead one hour and symbolically spring forward into a new season.

It’s usually fun for me. It’s when I start dreaming of planting a few veggies & herbs in the back yard, and filling empty terra cotta pots with mounds of lovely, fragrant flowers and letting the cool air breeze through open windows.

But I have to be honest. When you’ve been “under the weather” as I have this week, that sounds like a lot of work and I’m all out of energy.

So I ask myself, “What can be done when the heart is willing but the flesh is weak?”

Is it really possible to spring forward when it feels like you can barely move?

“From the depths of the earth you will again bring me up”
Psalm 71:20b

Yes!

Because God is still at work in us.

Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Today, I rejoice in the promise of renewed life. For the coming spring that, even now, colors the world with hope.

And I especially thank God for a faith that, in spite of imperfect conditions, keeps growing.

Keeps nudging me up out of the ground.

Keeps moving me forward even when it doesn’t feel like I’m moving at all.

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Spring is Here – Let the Blooming Begin!

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone,
but in every leaf in spring-time. – Martin Luther
A new season was officially crowned this week.
So I thought I’d celebrate with some inspiring ideas
to help us spring into Spring this weekend!

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Now is a great time for bringing the outside in. Love this look!
This seems like a simple, practical and fun project!
Not sure if I’m brave enough to try this, but doesn’t it look divine? I’m craving strawberries!
And here’s a song that not only has the appropriate title for this post, it happens to have a great message that echoes thoughts I recently wrote about here.
This time of year, it’s easy to see “the promise of the resurrection” in the new buds and blooms springing out of the earth. But it’s harder to see what God is birthing in the landscape of our hearts.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that a new season is coming.
That the same God who made the rain to fall and the sun to rise made us to
bloom!

 



Moriah Peters – Bloom (Official Lyric Video) from moriah-peters on GodTube.
 


I’m linking this post to Katherine’s blog for her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

 

Hope your weekend is blooming with blessings! 🙂

The Season of Singing

Spring is in the air! At least it is around here. 
Actually, I’ve been noticing signs of spring for some time now.
Seems it got the invitation early and couldn’t wait to get here.
Unlike winter, who never did show up for the party.

Oh well, I am ready to enjoy this wonderful “season of singing”! And my clock is ready to officially spring forward this weekend.
 
How about you? 
Are you enjoying spring in your neck of the woods?

Wild and Wonderful

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens

We’ve had a few of those days lately where it seems like the seasons can’t make up their mind. But, while it’s easy to want to rush ahead, I feel a myself just a little bit caught up in the romance of March.
This time of year is like witnessing the marriage of two seasons.

The bride is lovely dressed in her winter white.

And the flower girls look
so pretty in pink.
Don’t you just love weddings?
And weekends?
Especially this weekend, when we spring ahead. Light lingers longer. And time slows. And we don’t have to rush.
 We can enjoy the gift of these days – these wild and wonderful days.
 May this weekend find our hearts overflowing with thankfulness as we are showered with the wild and wonderful blessings of our gracious Creator.
Pink photos courtesy Linda Moyer © 2011