Spring is here…

Spring officially begins today in the northern hemisphere, March 20th, and what better way to celebrate its arrival than a hike and walk in 12 degree centigrade temperature. A fair enough temperature to shed my winter jacket and replace it with my North Face outdoor sweater. It is just too warm and beautiful to remain indoors. To new beginnings of the season – birds chirping, new buds, new leaves, new flowers.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
    and praise spring up before all nations.




And this too, shall pass…

It seems these days in Canada, everyone is waiting for Spring – the earth, the trees, the animals and each one of us, for reasons best known to us. We all love Winter but it is time to move on and welcome Spring. The trees seem to be yearning for warmer weather when they can burst forth into new foliage and show off their colours. The squirrels scurry in and out of their dens rustling the crisp winter leaves, their coats looking furry and warm. There are buds on the trees even in these cold temperatures that will remain dormant until Spring arrives. So are our lives, we can set aside everything that has happened in the past and move on to better, brighter hopeful and more beautiful things. There will always be a Spring after Winter. There will always be happiness, joy or good health after illness, pain, loss or hurt for each of us.

2 Corinthians 4:18
Because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

“Every painted sky is a canvas of your grace…”

These are lyrics from Hillsong’s ‘So will I’, (words and music by Joel Houston and Benjamin Hastin), words that resonate with how I feel when I look at the everyday skies. It always has a calming and soothing effect when my  thoughts are racing or I can’t think straight. Even a dark, heavy cloud-laden sky is beautiful to me. It helps refocus my thoughts on what matters most in my life – God, family, life. And at this time nothing matters more. The next time u look to the sky, I hope you see the grace of God and find peace as well.

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of hands

	

His Mercies are new every morning…

I love the unfolding of a new day, the beginning of light, the quietness of an early morning, the twittering of awakening birds, the hum of traffic and my thoughts that flow naturally.

It is easy to see the work of the Lord at dawn, to hear his word and to listen to Him.





Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.