You know the changing of the seasons is simply amazing. Springtime brings forth the flowers that bloom in all of their magnificent array of shapes and colors. I find myself stopping to smell the roses. When I think about the time I spend in the hustle and bustle of daily living, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to stop and just admire Gods’ splendor. One of the things that I like to do during the spring season is to go fishing. Typically I do more crabbing and gazing out on the water than I do fishing. Let it be known that I can’t swim so I’m not out on a boat. My hubby and I fish from a pier and I am amazed at the water. It’s such a calming feeling being out there. It tends to be quite tranquil. This is just one of my stopping to smell the roses moment. Do you have any? What are they? I mean what atmosphere do you like to be in to hear from God or just take in his bountiful scenery? What does it take for you to stop and spell your proverbial roses or whatever your flower of choice may be? I am speaking metaphorically of course. One of the great things about the change of season, for me, is that birthed during spring is the deluge of showers that we experience. The smell of rain…ha, there’s nothing like it. As a child, I liked to play in the rain and that has actually carried over into my adult life. One of the things I’ve learned about the springtime and its rain is that it brings to bloom those flowers or in my case specifically, those roses. The rain tends to represent the precursor to a storm. Storms of life are an inevitability. There are times when rain is looked at with a veil of trouble. However, I’ve started to think of the rain as being a necessary step toward me seeing my roses. So I say let the rain come because it’s birthing my roses.
Today is the day that the Lord has made and I shall rejoice in it. After all, that is the bible, right? But how do you rejoice when your life is in shambles and you don’t know where to turn? Scripture!!! The Bible declares that David encouraged himself in the Lord. Sometimes you have to do something that I call self talk. What is self talk? That’s when you talk to yourself with the scriptures. For instance Jeremiah 29:11 says to me: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil (KJV).
That in itself is enough to shout about don’t you think? I mean think about it…God knows me personally. He knows my mess ups and my slip ups. He knows my heart and my love for him. He knows my shortcomings and yet he still has a success plan for me. That’s enough to be enthusiastic about. So in spite of all that’s going on in your life, begin to declare that it’s a happy day because today you can start again. The Bible also declares that we are given brand new mercies each day. That can be found in the book of Lamentations 3:23. I am so very grateful that God does not treat me as my sins deserve (Psalm 103:10). I give God praise for another day to come before HIS throne of grace. It gives me another chance to try again. Yes it’s a happy day regardless and I am enthusiastic about it.