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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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

Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to my new blog!

This blogging stuff is all new to me, so please be patient while I learn the ropes.  The plan is to use this blog to share my thoughts, and to let my readers know a little about me – particularly why I write Christian fiction.

Writing stories has always been a part of my family.  My mother was a writer.  No, she was never published, but that didn’t stop her.  Whenever she had spare time, she wrote short stories.  Sadly, being a wife and mother, and having a household to run, didn’t leave much time for her to write.

Mom went home to be with the Lord many years ago.  After her death I found her stories and compiled them into a booklet for her grandchildren.  There are many precious memories for me in those pages.  Reading through them I can still see her tapping away on her old manual typewriter, spinning her tales.  She told me she had to write – the stories were in her head and she had to get them out.  I didn’t understand then, but I do now.

Growing up, I too had the urge to tell stories and she encouraged me.  Mom also wanted to make sure I knew the meanings of the words I was using.  If I asked her what a word meant, she always gave me her standard answer, “Go get the dictionary and look it up.”  Because of that I learned about words and where they came from and their meanings.

Mom was a Christian, and her Bible was habitually read and she practiced her faith daily.  She shared that faith with my sisters and me.  I firmly believe the passion I now have – that inescapable ‘urge’ to write Christian fiction – is because of that faith.  Even if no one reads my words, I still believe I’m supposed to write them.

Sometime back I created a Mission Statement.  “My goal is to write stories that entertain but more importantly, educate readers about Jesus Christ and His love for them.  If one soul comes to Christ as a result of something I have written, I will have done what I’m supposed to do.  Let all glory go to the Creator of all, God the Father.”

So, until God tells me to stop writing, I will continue to tell His story.

Until next time – God bless you!

Ruth Kyser