SPRING!

March 20~ the first day of SPRING!

Spring has arrived in North America! It may have seemed like a hard ,long winter to some in different parts of North America while others are enjoying real spring weather! The following  is from Austin Minnesota with the past couple weeks weather report!

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This picture was taken on March 8, which was the first warm,snow-melting weekend of March! The mud,the water, the warm sun; it was all a welcomed sign of spring!

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I love hanging out laundry on these warm, spring days! This picture was taken on March 21 and the temperature  was only in the 40*s, but the highest temperatures we have  seen within the past couple weeks were 65*.

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This picture was also taken on the 21st. I was thrilled to be the first to spot this tulip shoot! There’s something exciting about finding the first signs of new life in the spring! It’s so promising and refreshing!

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The promise of lilacs in the future!

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” It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,because his compassions  fail not. They are new every morning : great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22&23

*****************************************************       One  day later on March 22 the following pictures were taken:

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The same tulip shoots but they look a little cold!

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The Robins are back!! (They find slushy worms  a delicacy!)

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One blessing of a fresh ,spring snow is that I get another opportunity to take snow pictures! My favorite one though is probably of the robin  because it shows that it is spring and this snow is here just for a couple days!

The harder and longer the winter, the more exciting  spring is! Enjoy this Spring! We are never going to get another one like it!

Questions of Life

Here are several questions we may ask in life. Questions that can be answered with Bible verses!

What is my purpose in life?

“Ye are the salt of the earth and the Light of the world!” (Matthew 5:13&14 ) We are required to show and tell others the reason that life is purposeful and full of meaning all because of One who came as our Redeemer and died for us! Another purpose is to bring glory to God by using our (not our friends ) talents and gifts to serve Him!

How do I know what God’s will is for me?

For I know the thoughts that I think towards you ,saith the Lord, thoughts of peace , and not of evil ,to give you and expected end. ” Jeremiah 29:11 ” I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go ; I will guide thee with mine eye .”Psalms 32:8 ” Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand is pleasures for evermore. ” Psalms 16:11

It’s easy friends. We need to let God have a say in our life and He will show us His will when we ask ! It’s wonderful!

Why must things take so long to happen?Why can’t it be now?

“Wait on the Lord ; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14    God’s way isn’t the instant way, that’s ours. We are often impatient and don’t know how to wait patiently. But God tells us to wait ,probably to show us His way and so that we can see Him working .

Why am I tempted and is there a way out?

1Cor.10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is FAITHFUL ,who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but with the temptation also make a way of escape ;that ye may be able to bear it.”  Praise God there is an escape route! And we are not the only ones that become tempted. It’s common to every man ! God is what? HE IS FAITHFUL and will not allow us to be tempted above our ability!

‘I’m young, I’ve got my whole life ahead of me and now is the time to have FUN!’  But is it?

Of course it is! Every age is to be fun! But it’s what you do with that ‘fun’ that determines the choices and the way you’ll live later in life.  ” Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers , in word, in  conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. ” 1Tim. 4:12  We as youth (any age for that matter) do have a ‘job’ to do; a responsibility. We are to be an example to the believers in (did you notice just how many areas it covers?) word, our speech, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in PURITY! Please, let’s not shirk our duty but do as God has commanded!

How am I suppose to live?

“…Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example ,that we should follow his steps. For we were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. “1Peter 2:21b&25    It’s all right there. We are to follow Christ’s example!

 

“Wherefore  seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses ,let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us , and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1  IMG_0127

 

Inspirations for the Week

Make this week extraordinary! It’s up to you and there are many ,many things you can do . Just use your imagination!

* Write a note to your mom,grandma,or best friend to let them know how important they are in your life. It just might make their week!:)

*Dedicate yourself to pray for someone everyday this week and let them know you are praying for them!

* Make a list of fun stuff you want to do this summer! Dream big!

*Grab a camera and take pictures of those dear to you whether it be little siblings , friends or even your mom;)And if you aren’t into taking people pictures  just  capture the signs of spring:mud, water,melting snow, and eventually budding trees! Opportunities are endless!

*Give your mom a break from cooking and make a meal some evening!

*Take an exhilarating walk and forget for a few minutes ‘what isn’t’ and enjoy ‘what is’.

*Give up just 30 minutes of your day to cheer someone up with a letter , card,or a call!

*Look for an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus!

*Start seeds indoors!

*Do a random act of kindness and buy a coffee for the next person in line at the drive-through! Again, the opportunities are endless. It could also just be a note or volunteering your time somewhere to someone!

Use your imagination and have the best week ever!