For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. Isaiah 61:11
I love spring! Living near Chicago, I can fully experience all the seasons, but my favorite time of the year has always been spring. Signs of springtime are all around me as the birds are chirping, the trees are budding, the warm wind is blowing, and the tulip leaves are breaking through the cold, compact dirt. Everywhere the earth is shouting: a fresh start, a new life, a new beginning, and an optimistic view. Thankfully, my winter blues dissipate with each added minute of sunshine and upward degree. As winter bids farewell and spring says hello, my energy increases, and I feel lighter. My entire outlook changes. This change of season reminds me of how my view positively changes when I praise the Lord. Each time I am depressed, discouraged, or down in the dumps, I have a choice to worship God. When I select this route rather than the road of self-pity, my perspective improves. Faith increases as I begin to acknowledge that God is not surprised by my circumstances, and He is aware of what I am feeling and experiencing. As I trust in Him, I can move from a winter-like attitude to a spring-like attitude, full of hope and confidence in God. Over time, this is a trust that believes that flowers will bloom out of the overwhelming times and situations. The trials of our lives are the dirt and mud needed for the beautiful flowers to fully bloom.
Father God, thank you for spring and fresh beginnings. Amen.
Tena DeGraaf is an author and speaker with the mission of inspiring women to grow in faith, hope, and love.
I am thrilled to partner with Christine van Tonder of South Africa. In this video interview, we chat about time management for busy Christian women. To access the video, you will be asked to register as a member first, but don’t worry, this just means you will get free access to her videos, audios, and other resources first, as she releases them. You will be able to cancel your membership at any time. May this interview help you make the most of the precious minutes each day.
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Today, millions of Christians are gathering around the flagpoles at our schools, lifting up our students in prayer. Join them wherever you are by interceding on behalf of boys and girls you may never meet. What a privilege to pray for others! What can we pray about? What do children struggle with? Here are a few suggestions to help get you started:
Appropriate internet use
Movie, television, and music choices
Fleeing dangerous situations
Listening and obeying God’s voice (Deuteronomy 27:10)
Standing against harmful peer pressure
Developing healthy friendships (Proverbs2:20)
Obeying their parents (Ephesians 6:1)
Respecting those in authority (Titus 3:1-2)
Spiritual, emotional, and physical protection (John 17:15, Ephesians 6:7-10)
Using God’s Word as a light for their path (Psalm 119:105)
Resisting the temptations to lie and cheat
Cultivating Christ-like behavior even when no one is watching
Desiring and developing spiritual, academic, and physical discipline
Resisting the tendencies to be lazy and developing a good work ethic
Lord, hear our prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.