When Spring Comes and the Flowers Appear Miraculously

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. Song of Solomon 2:11

Snow Drops

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2: 12

Crocus

I watch my garden beds after they are sown, and think how one of God’s exquisite miracles is going on beneath the dark earth out of sight. I never forget my planted seeds. Celia Thaxter (1835 -1894)

Crocus


Lilac Bouquets

The lilacs are in bloom and I enjoy arranging them in bouquets. My grandmother had lilac bushes and the one in my yard was a shoot that I transplanted.

Lilac Bouquet

His tenderness in the springing grass,
His beauty in the flowers,
His living love in the sun above–
all here, and near, and ours.

Samuel Gilman (1791 – 1858)Lilac BouquetLinking with Seasons and Sue’s Wordless Wednesday

The Color Red in Spring

Tulip

The robins are back
Hopping across the green grass
Displaying red breasts.

Robin

While the cardinals
Warble a sweet a melody
Eluding my sight.

Cardinal

High in tree branches
This bird sings a song of joy
To the Creator.

Linking with Nature’s Notes,  Seasons and Sue’s Wordless Wednesday

It’s March and Spring is Coming!

It is March 1st and spring is coming. The temperatures are still up and down, but I am beginning to have garden thoughts.  I am looking      forward to seeing the blooms from the bulbs I planted last fall.

The delight offered by gardens has been expressed over hundreds of years. I have collected some quotes.

The first garden was described in the Book of Genesis.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.               Genesis 2:15

Gardens bring us in contact with nature, created by God.

When I go into my garden . . .  All the cares, perplexities, and griefs of   existence, all of the burdens of life slip from my shoulders and leave me with the heart of a little child that asks nothing beyond its present     moment of innocent bliss.   Celia Thaxter (1835 – 1894)

We still have snow on the ground. Yet, new life is stirring and will soon appear.

Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid a million buds but stay their blossoming; and trustful birds have built their nests amid the shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing till one soft shower from the south shall bid, and hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring.                      Robert Bridges (1845 – 1931)

My daughter and I enjoyed reading The Secret Garden by Francis       Burnett ( 1849 – 1924). Here is a quote from the book.

They had come upon a whole clump of crocuses burst into purple and gold.  Mary bent her face down and kissed them.  “You never kiss a      person that way,” she said when she lifted her head.  “Flowers are so   different.”

spring crocus
photo courtesy of pixabay

Jesus mentioned flowers during the Sermon on the Mount.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.                      Matthew 6: 28b-29

lilies

I like to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, thru which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.                                                         George Washington Carver (1860 – 1943)

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Linking with A Little R & R, Whole Hearted Wednesday,  Tuesdays with a Twist and Titus 2sdays

Promise of Spring as Winter Approaches

The mild fall that we have had has allowed me to spend more time in the yard. I have been planting and transplanting and raking leaves. My husband was working also, creating piles of branches.

He has a chain saw and after he took down one tree he found lots of branches to trim. Something about climbing ladders and using the saw—I saw the boy in my husband. The clean-up was not as interesting, so I became involved.

As I cut up branches and filled yard bags I discovered something I hadn’t noticed before. All the branches had buds for the spring. I looked at the cherry tree and the maple tree and saw the promise of spring already on the limbs.

Promise of Spring

I walked around to the cottonwood tree. The buds weren’t as noticeable, but they were there. When winter comes, God is already planning for spring.

The promise of spring is in the Bible. Can you imagine what it was like to be a disciple at the Last Supper with Jesus? After Judas left Jesus     explained that he was going away.

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord where are you going?” Jesus        answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me afterward.”  John 13: 36

The winter was coming, but not without the promise of spring.

“Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14: 1-3

We may become depressed with the chaos in our culture. It may be like winter.  God is still sovereign, and Jesus asks us to be obedient. God has planned the seasons of life and the return of Jesus Christ.

Let us always look for the signs of spring!

Promise of spring

Linking with Weekend Whispers,  Essential Fridays,  Thought Provoking Thursday,  Words with Winter,  Word of God SpeakFriendship Friday and Faith Filled Friday