Happy first day of spring! Spring used to be my least favorite season. In fact, I kinda hated it. In Michigan, spring just means mud. Rained out baseball games. Inside recess. Did I mention mud? It is basically a muddy waiting room to summer which is what every Michigander is waiting for the other 275 days a year. But in the past few years, spring has started to make its way up the ranks.
Spring is a time of renewal. As a Christian I celebrate Easter and am reminded that Jesus died so we could have new life. Nature responds each year with the birth of baby animals everywhere. Green returns. Flowers bloom. Neighbors emerge from their homes again. Forget January! All of creation is declaring this is the time for new life resolutions!
As Michigan prepares to pop with color and life, I can’t help to be reminded of the dark days our family is leaving behind. Some other day, I’ll write about the specific struggles in our marriage and family, but for now I am just happy to feel life and hope being breathed back into our family and home. I know that most of that is because of the change in my focus, attitude, and outlook. I am thankful that my struggles taught me to slow down and treasure where I am currently at. I am so thankful that when I look for the good around me and our family, I can always, always find it.
This spring I am feeling especially inspired. So many dreams have been swirling inside of my heart and I can feel God slowly start to pull them into a reality. The threads of my life are connecting and my fear is turning to faith and gumption quicker than ever. This blog has been just the start. Putting myself out to literally anyone who wants to read it (once I figure out technology and share it) has a certain level of vulnerability I wasn’t so prepared to face. But I am ready and finding that the first few labored steps in pursuing the God breathed dreams inside of my heart is beginning to turn into more of a skip of excitement and I am ready to pick up the pace to run the race set before me.
I am surrounded by amazing women, stepping out in faith, to pursue their dreams. One dear friend has started The Encouraging Voice just to inspire others. Another is following her passion for sustainable living with her new business, The Mustard Seed. And still others are sharing inspiration, books, and encouraging words with me about what they see inside of me. I can’t ignore that gift and let it go to waste. It’s time to start walking in my gifts. It’s time for new life resolutions. It’s time to think spring. Life is good. High five for home.
What dream do you need to start making a reality? Leave a comment to inspire someone else!