Embracing Spring . . .

Embracing Joy in the Hard Seasons

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

When it comes to embracing seasons, we don’t want to miss out on the beauty of our calendar seasons when we are in the midst of a hard season of life.  We can get so bogged down with the tough seasons that the beauty in our surroundings can escape us if we’re not intentional with our focus.

Embracing Joy in the Hard Seasons

After missing the joy of spring last year, I was somehow surprised at the blessing of our daughter visiting two weeks ago and planting my porch pots with beautiful flowers.  I wasn’t able to do that last year, and I’d nearly forgotten how much I enjoy flowers.  Flowering plants lift my spirit, body, and soul.  God’s creation is too amazing to miss!

In the multitude of my thoughts within me
Thy comforts delight my soul. (Psalm 94:19)

It was like having Mother’s Day two weeks early, and what a blessing!  I suddenly started waking up early and jumping out of bed to get outside to the porch in the cool of the morning where I could read, commune with the Lord, have my tea, and sit beside my happy flowers.

Clap your hands, all you nations;
Shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1)

That’s the criteria for my flower purchases.  I was shocked by the fact that our baby WalMart has some unique flowers this year – as well as gorgeous colors with the old standbys like begonias and petunias.  The level of excitement those flowers created was a bit of a shocker and a joyful blessing!

Happy Petunias for Spring!
Happy Petunias for Spring!

How had I forgotten that old feeling that flowers bring?  Do flowers make you happy like that, too?  Please tell me I’m not the only one!  They truly make me extra thankful for God’s creation.

So with you: Now is your time of grief
but I will see you again and you will rejoice,
and no one will take away your joy. (John 16:22)

In the place where we live, there are few trees near our house.  Surrounded by farmland, we have perfect views of sunrises and sunsets to enjoy every day.  It’s easy to get complacent, I guess.  But, I never want to take God for granted with His beautiful creation.  Our Lord is beyond amazing!

In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul. (Psalm 94:19) Click To Tweet

All around me this season – even with the hard things – birds are chirping, nesting, and hatching little ones.  Bunnies are filling the yard with their young.  Magnolias are blooming.  And the porches beckon my presence.

This new-to-me plant is a now a favorite.  (Thank you, Wally World.)

The Joy of Spring Season

English Daisies.  So dainty, so sweet.

English Daisy

God reminds us not to miss His blessings during our trials.  He gives His blessings to us every day . . . reasons to be joyful.  Joys abound!   Are you paying attention?

When was the last time you were surprised by a sudden blessing?  When did you forget the effect God’s gifts had (have) on you – and were later shocked that you’d forgotten the blessings in them from the past?  Did your sudden realization bring you joy and happiness like it did for me?

Because He lives, we can face tomorrow . . .

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4 Comments

  • Eva faris

    I to, really like flowers. Even from Sams😊. If I were going straight home from Sam’s I would buy every time I go. Also, Corner Market has pretty flowers. They are everywhere. I use to love to paint flowers so I had to really look at them and study them. Miss my painting. It seems it is so true that there’s a season for all things. God is good and allows us so much in our life. Thanks Kim, I really enjoyed this today. God be with you.

    • Kim

      How convenient, too! I’m sad you miss painting, but God does bring us many new blessings. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hugs! 🙂

  • Judybee

    Six months ago we moved to Colorado (zone 5) from Texas (zone 9). There are many new joys for the eyes especially mountains. In the last half of April and early May many bare trees burst into bloom and we discovered how stunning blooming crab apple trees are. Wow! Tomorrow is the “last frost” day. The adjustment between zone 9 and 5 is large but we have decided to embrace the adventure. I love seeing all of God’s varied and gorgeous creations. They soothe the soul. I’m glad you are able to enjoy beauty again!

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