Today is a bright sunny day and the temperature is going to climb into the mid 70’s. Windows open airing out the house and washing all the linens. The trees are budding and I have flowers popping up in the flower beds. I am ready for spring. A few more weeks away but what a wonderful glimpse into what it will hold. Especially after a week of struggling with pneumonia. Still having a hard time but looking at the sunny side of things. I have been able to sit in bed and get a lot of work done on the computer this week between coughing fits and cat naps. I have regained my voice which is good for me but I think the kids secretly liked mom with no voice.
We have seasons in our lives too. Winter can be a depressing time of isolation and cold where we retreat into ourselves, our homes. Winter can remind us of heartache, suffering and grief. It is in the winter months following the new year that depression grips so many. It is in this season sometimes we feel we will never emerge. Yet even in winter there is beauty. And if there was no winter there could never be a spring. A time for new birth, for all things that were dead to be made new. A time of rebirth, new life. A time for beauty, redemption, renewal, revelation. A time for transformation!
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”~Isaiah 43: 19
The Message (MSG) 21-22“Set up signposts to mark your trip home.
Get a good map. Study the road conditions. The road out is the road back. Come back, dear virgin Israel,
come back to your hometowns. How long will you flit here and there, indecisive?
How long before you make up your fickle mind? God will create a new thing in this land:
A transformed woman will embrace the transforming God!”
My devotions this morning are on the overstuffed chair by the picture window in my living room where the sun pours through. I am excited to see what is next. What God has planned. I am ready to soak up the transforming power of my God. To continue to blossom into the woman, the daughter, the wife, the mother, the friend that He has created me to be!
O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are!
Beautifully, gloriously robed, Dressed up in sunshine,
and all heaven stretched out for your tent. You built your palace on the ocean deeps,
made a chariot out of clouds and took off on wind-wings. You commandeered winds as messengers,
appointed fire and flame as ambassadors. You set earth on a firm foundation
so that nothing can shake it, ever. You blanketed earth with ocean,
covered the mountains with deep waters; Then you roared and the water ran away—
your thunder crash put it to flight. Mountains pushed up, valleys spread out
in the places you assigned them. You set boundaries between earth and sea;
never again will earth be flooded. You started the springs and rivers,
sent them flowing among the hills. All the wild animals now drink their fill,
wild donkeys quench their thirst. Along the riverbanks the birds build nests,
ravens make their voices heard. You water the mountains from your heavenly cisterns;
earth is supplied with plenty of water. You make grass grow for the livestock,
hay for the animals that plow the ground.
14-23 Oh yes, God brings grain from the land,
wine to make people happy, Their faces glowing with health,
a people well-fed and hearty. God’s trees are well-watered— the Lebanon cedars he planted.
Birds build their nests in those trees; look—the stork at home in the treetop.
Mountain goats climb about the cliffs; badgers burrow among the rocks.
The moon keeps track of the seasons, the sun is in charge of each day.
When it’s dark and night takes over, all the forest creatures come out.
The young lions roar for their prey, clamoring to God for their supper.
When the sun comes up, they vanish, lazily stretched out in their dens.
Meanwhile, men and women go out to work, busy at their jobs until evening.
24-30 What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side,
made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.
Oh, look—the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting,
sardines and sharks and salmon. Ships plow those waters,
and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them. All the creatures look expectantly to you
to give them their meals on time. You come, and they gather around;
you open your hand and they eat from it. If you turned your back, they’d die in a minute—
Take back your Spirit and they die, revert to original mud;
Send out your Spirit and they spring to life- the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.
31-32 The glory of God—let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation!
He takes one look at earth and triggers an earthquake,
points a finger at the mountains, and volcanoes erupt.
33-35Oh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live!
Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God.
But clear the ground of sinners— no more godless men and women! O my soul, bless God!