I Love Spring
Thursday, March 31, 2022 by Barbara
Another detour to Valley Hospital prevented me from blogging last week… and the weather would have complimented this post so much better! Since then we’ve had snow flurries and temperatures that may have been record lows.
Still, my calendar tells me it’s spring and tomorrow April will arrive. I’m sure there’s a lesson in this about truth not being skewed by circumstances but I’m going to stick to reflections on spring because right now I need those happy thoughts. Every change of season inspires me—just one reason I love living in New Jersey—but spring is uniquely inspiring because of its promise of life.
I love the first bright yellow-green buds that pop out on tree branches and the way the landscape grows greener by the day.
I love the thrill of discovering a crocus pushing through the dirt and the promise of a daffodil blooming and bobbing amid its slender green leaves.
I love the hopping, chirping, nest-building birds flitting from branch to branch, sweetening the air with their song.
I love the promise of strawberries ripening and the anticipation of seedlings becoming a crop of fresh produce.
I love longer daylight, longer walks, and lighter jackets.
I love the greening grass and bluer skies and the way the sun seems to shine more yellow.
I love the spring peepers cheeping outside my window, their chorus confirming the arrival of spring.
I love forsythia teasing us with hints of yellow and await the spectacular appearance of pink cherry blossoms and magnificent magnolias.
I love being reminded that Creator God has designed the rhythm of seasons—in nature and in our lives. And I am so grateful that, even when our physical well-being is threatened, every design and plan is God-ordained and good.
I love knowing the beauty of spring that swells my heart is dim compared to the colors, designs, and wonders that await me...
“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Cor. 2:9, Amp
Mitchell Milch From Fair Lawn At 4/6/2022 2:10:20 PM"Circumstances" can rupture the flow of human experience, freeze us in time at the mercy of the most primitive region of our brains. It's as if we lose touch with our sentient quality, our capacity to sense God in an extrasensory way. Spring is for me a reminder of what flowers in us sight unseen.
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorThank you, Mitchell, for your beautiful reflections.
Susan Olkusz From Wanaque At 3/31/2022 12:20:54 PMThank you so much Barbra for your encouraging words perfect beautifully written in great enjoyed!
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorThank you, Susan.
Kathy From Hope, NJ At 3/31/2022 10:31:16 AMSo beautifully said! ????
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorThanks, Kathy... but I wrote azaleas instead of forsythia! I blame it on the stroke!
Katie From Sweeting At 3/31/2022 9:54:30 AMSpring! I also love Spring, and I’m missing it this year. I went from Winter in NJ to summer in India in one day. With temps over 100 every day, it’s a nice reminder it’s Spring somewhere! ?????? for you, Barbara.
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorI'm glad you finally made it there! Be a blessing and hopefully we'll see you at our next meeting. You'll have to ask someone to take a photo of Newark's cherry blossoms for you.
Sallyt From NJ At 3/31/2022 8:25:12 AMLooking out and up helps the vision. Thank you. Love that you use your faith journey to bless others.
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorThank you, Sally! I was actually going to scroll through your pics in hopes of finding one for this post but I tire easily & didn't have the wherewithal. Another time!
Faith McGrath From At 3/31/2022 7:56:31 AMA beautiful reminder of God’s hidden blessings for us to discover.
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorA foretaste of what awaits us!
Marc & Faith From NJ At 3/31/2022 7:44:13 AMAMEN!!!
Reply by: Barbara Higby AuthorThank you, Marc & Faith.
Pause in the Chaos
Pondering about Prayer
Pause to Look Behind You
I Love Spring
A FULL Heart
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Joy-FULL in 2022
Mercy-FULL in 2022
Hope-FULL in 2022
Mind-FULL in 2022
Peace-FULL in 2022
Thank-FULL in 2022
What Will You Do Better Next Year?
“Do not be afraid.”
“Do not be afraid, Shepherd.”
“Do not be afraid, Joseph.”
“Do not be afraid, Mary.”
What delights your senses?
What moves your feet?
What thrills your heart?
Pre-Thanks Giving #1
I Love Fall
I Love Ts
Worship is Endless
Worship is Exclusive
Worship is Elimination
Worship is Expectation
Worship is Engagement
Worship is Entrance
The Afterlife (?)
I Love Spring
A New Heaven & Earth
A New Command: Love
A New Unity
A New Song
What’s new (beside the year)?
My word for the year
Do you choose a word for the year?
And His name will be… Prince of Peace
And His name will be… Everlasting Father
And His name will be… Mighty God
And His name will be… Wonderful Counselor
Thanks Giving #4
Thanks Giving #3
Thanks Giving #2
I Love Fall
Small part, great power: E—Exercise
Small part, great power: U—Utter Wisdom
Small part, great power: G—Glorify God
Small part, great power: N—No negativity
Small part, great power: O—Offer
Small part, great boasts: T
“Father Knows Best”
“To Tell the Truth”
“Charles in Charge”
I Love Blue