It’s spring! Finally….

“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.”

 – Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (ESV)

 

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Today was a beautiful day—one of those gorgeous spring days in April that truly make you appreciate living here. When you reside in the north, you quickly learn that April in Michigan can bring just about every kind of weather imaginable. In the past week alone we’ve had high winds, thunderstorms with hail and heavy rains, snow (Yes. I said snow.), and today we enjoyed balmy temps around 60 degrees with abundant sunshine.

After a long winter, the first days of spring always give me spring fever. I want so badly to go out into the garden and start digging and planting flowers. But I learned a long time ago that you don’t get too serious about gardening around here until closer to Memorial Day.

But we did uncover the rose bushes today, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re one step closer to consistent warm weather and sunny days. I look forward to trimming off the old dead growth from last year, feeding them their spring boost of rose food, and waiting patiently for the first buds to appear. And seeing those rose bushes, with their first little green sprouts appearing, reminds me that spring comes every year.

Just as it states in Ecclesiastes in the Bible (Chapter 3, verses 1-22):  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

Praise the Lord, God brings springtime back to us every year.  A beginning of another season, and a chance to start anew.

 

Enjoy your springtime—wherever you are.

 

God’s blessing on you,

Ruth Kyser

Ruth Kyser is an author of Christian Fiction. You can check out her books here:

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Goodreads giveaway . . .

In celebration of the 4th anniversary of its release, I’m giving away THREE copies of Book 1 in the “True Cover” series — TRUE COVER!   Stop over to Goodreads to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/203550-true-cover

 

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In a matter of 24 hours, Sarah Masters lost everything that was important to her – her job, her friends, her house. Now a madman is hunting her down to kill her, and the only ones stopping him are the FBI Agents who have pledged to protect her. But in the process of protecting her, these FBI Agents touch Sarah’s life in a way she never expected as they cause her to question her relationship with God and His plan for her future.
Sam Morgan is the FBI Agent tasked with the job of keeping Sarah safe. He and his team fight to keep Sarah alive – and in the process, all of their lives are changed in ways they never expected.

Other books in the “True Cover” series:
Book 2 – “Bluecreek Ranch”
Book 3 – “Second Chances”

Positive things….

I like positive words – words that build up and encourage.  You know, words like faith, truth, love, honesty, integrity, care, help, happiness, purity, joy…well you get my drift.

Maybe that’s why this scripture in the book of Philippians has always been one of my favorites:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

My Bible has notes in ever available spot in the book of Philippians.  A great many of the pages in my Bible look that way because I take notes during sermons and write down thoughts that come to me when I’m reading scripture.  However, these words that Paul shares in his letters to the folks of Philippi have always touched my heart in a special way.  Paul encourages them to keep doing God’s word, to remain humble and steadfast, and to keep their eyes on Christ and not on man.  He reminds them not to worry, but to pray – then turn everything over to God to handle.

Do you want to know what I find the most amazing thing about these words of encouragement he wrote?  These letters were written by Paul when he was sitting in prison, awaiting his execution; yet he was lifting up those around him, reminding them to be at peace with each other, and to rejoice in the Lord’s salvation.

During these difficult days we face – when peace and tranquility seem so very far away – we all need to be reminded of Paul’s words – and to think on good things!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13