A verdant green graces the hillsides, and yellow-headed dandelions spread their color over the gentle slopes.
Budding trees share the most welcome green as their tiny leaves unfurl into the sunshine.
Blessed spring rains bring this beauty to life, and we bask in the glory of springtime in Wisconsin.
It is a celebration to feel life again in our natural world. Our never-ending winter has finally yielded to a new season.
Spring has taken her sweet time to get here. Below normal temperatures delayed blossoms from showing their faces.
Stormy winds shed magnolia petals all too soon. And dark, dreary days perpetuated the despair many of us felt through this season of cold and dark days.
But have you noticed the length of our days recently? As we near the summer solstice, the daylight stretches into the nighttime hours. Before I know it, it's 9 p.m. and the daylight has only recently faded from the sky.
Today dawns warm and humid after yesterday's rain. Soon we no longer will feel surprised as we step outside into the morning air and realize that it's actually warm outside.
For now, I treasure the springtime. The celebration of new life, the discovery of new plant growth and baby bunnies, and all the joys of the season.
If nature gets a chance at renewal, shouldn't we take one, too?
"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."
Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)
I feel it, deep within a hidden place, a quiet space, reserved for contemplation.
A pause. A deep reflection. On ongoing attempt at finding my way.
I pray God will guide me. I know that it is His hand that has stilled me, has slowed me; and that His love will show me the way, guiding me on this path of self discovery.
"Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Psalm 25:4-5
This, my life verse, guides me through all the changes in my life. I need to remember to pray this Psalm and remember its truth, and trust in the One who will lead me.
We need to be open to the changes that are happening all around us, and feel the hope that new life brings.
As the natural world sings into new life, let your heart find it's own song.
It's there, waiting to be born with the new life inside you. Nurture it, and let it grow.