Cultivating the hope of Spring

"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

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Here in Michigan, it's been the most unusually mild winter I've ever seen.  Apparently, the second warmest
since 1932.  And , it looks like it's been above average wherever you are, too.  It's been the exception, not the
rule, to have a view like the one above out my window.  Which is not so great if you're a lover of winter sports
like my husband who, along with his snowmobile, laments the lack of snow.  But so great for someone like
me with a predilection towards sunshine and flip-flops.


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Long before Lent is upon us, right after the Christmas tree comes down, when the snow is still blowing
outside, I always like to plant the hope of spring in our hearts by cultivating some springtime inside the house. 
It's fantastically simple.


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A fragrant bulb.  Colorful blooms. A cheery floral napkin thrown onto the coffee table.  That's it! 
A visual suggestion that after the long hard winter, or even short mild winter, spring is coming. 
Hold out.  Hope.


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Because whose heart couldn't use that reminder?
That whatever blizzard is raging or ice that needs to thaw or annoying
ever-present slush and cold that exist in your life, spring IS COMING.


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." 
Romans 15:13


As this winter gives way to spring, may your cold-weary bones be warmed by the
light of His life-giving love and stirred by the joy of His mercies fresh every morning


"My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away."
Song of Solomon 2:10-13

6 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this. I just recently brought an African violet into my home and two little ferns. They are cheering me up right along with the little daisy seeds my daughter planted that are sprouting up. We are having spring like weather one day and wintery weather the next just like so much of the country! And your bright and cheerful napkin? I would wallpaper my house in that print if I could!

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  2. Great post! I love the springy look and feel of your coffee table! Great inspiration!

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  3. Love your coffee table setup. Great idea to use the jars for candles, the napkin to add color, and the beautiful potted plants. Great way to await spring!

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  4. Well now - so many reasons to enjoy knowing you, Megan. "Predilection" What an excellent word. Perfectly lovely. And your home? As welcoming and nurturing as ever.

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  5. such beautiful words. so grateful for this post!

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