I love winter – it being one of my favorite seasons just behind fall. But even to me, it seemed winter lasted a lot longer than “usual” this year. We had more snow here in the southeast than I can remember having in a long time. I loved it. We get so little of it here so it’s always beautiful and refreshing to me. I love to watch it snow. Lately, we’ve had lots of gray dreary days and during these days, I found my brain simply crying out for sunshine.
The past three to four days have been gorgeous and sunny and with that sun, came a renewed awareness of my soul. Getting outside to take my daily walk in the sunshine has been marvelous. Feeling that warm sunshine on my face and skin has made me feel alive in so many ways… and happy. Very happy! Being outdoors this time of year is relaxing and refreshing.
- longer daylight hours
- the wonderful scented breezes of lilac and other flowers
- watching the squirrels scamper and play in the backyard
- listening to the happy birdsong
- watching eager-to-be bird parents anxiously building their nests
- witnessing God’s miraculous beauty that is all around us this time of year. The flowers, blooming trees, blue skies, cool breezes, new baby animal life
- getting to play in the dirt while attempting to beautify the yard with flowers
- burning my honeysuckle wax potpourri tarts and filling my home with that delicious springtime smell
- opening my windows and smelling freshly cut grass
- sleeping with the windows open at night and breathing in the refreshing night air
- listening to the owls hooting and the crickets chirping outside my bedroom window at night
- colorful butterflies
- the sound of frogs croaking
Each spring day, I look around at the miraculous beauty that our creator in all His wisdom so graciously gives to us. I love how everything this time of year speaks of God. It all becomes very obvious to me that He gives us spring for a reason. It motivates me, inspires me, and renews me. All my senses seem to be awakened after a long winter’s sleep… Everything this time of year begs me to see, to smell, to listen and to touch. Spring is nourishing to my soul and it brings peace to my heart. To me, winter seems somewhat like a garden- a neglected garden full of weeds. But spring is when we “weed” that garden and bring new life to it. We replace the dried and hardy brown weeds with beautiful, delicate, and colorful flowers which inspire us to recognize the tenderness of God’s beauty.
In this busy world we live in, my wish is that we can all take the time to stop and notice the beauty of spring. We need to smell the flowers and the grass, admire the blue skies, feel the warm sunshine, and listen for the sounds of nature’s song. I remember one spring several years ago when our sons were younger. My husband and I took them on a nature hike through some dense woods near a lake. It was quiet and secluded there and it seemed we were the only ones in the world. As we hiked the trail through the woods and talked and laughed, I remember looking down as I walked and being startled, when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a young woman sitting in the grass and leaning against a tree. She was all alone and reading a book. I have often thought of that woman and how I would like to be like her and just find a quiet place to be at peace with nature. I think we all need to experience that peace. It brings such a soothing calmess to the soul.
I wish for you all, a very happy spring!