{beautifully rooted} cultivating the hope of spring

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
Charles Dickens

Here in Michigan, it's been the most unusually mild winter I've ever seen.  Apparently, the second warmest since 1932.  And , it looks like it's been
above average wherever you are, too.  It's been the exception, not the rule, to have a view like the one above out my window.  Which is not so great if you're a lover of winter sports like my husband who, along with his snowmobile, laments the lack of snow.  But so great for someone like me with a predilection towards sunshine and flip-flops.


Long before Lent is upon us, right after the Christmas tree comes down, when the snow is still blowing outside, I always like to plant the hope of spring in our hearts by cultivating some springtime inside the house.  It's fantastically simple.


A fragrant bulb.  Colorful blooms. A cheery floral napkin thrown onto the coffee table.  That's it!  A visual suggestion that after the long hard winter, or even short mild winter, spring is coming.  Hold out.  Hope.

{and I also had another post pop up over there last week while I was away about housework as worship}

{AND I'm home now from the land of sun and sand, my emotional tank filled to overflowing and I stand amazed as always at how good He is to me. I'll surely post more about that later but for now I must be off to the work He has for me here today. Serving those kids, school!, laundry.....knowing that HE goes with whether in sunny bliss or grey cold. THAT I can be thankful for.}
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you and your words are a GIFT to me! thank you!