"For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will long to return."
Leonardo da Vinci
After a long and dreary winter, spring has finally arrived. With the start of a new season come many changes: days are longer, the sun is brighter, and I find that many new activities are demanding my time and attention.
I’ll be posting less frequently over this spring and summer to allow me to focus hours and energy on some other important areas now. I will be traveling and exploring our beautiful country, volunteering at a friend’s charity event, spending special days with friends and family, discovering new neighborhoods while walking the dog, and completing my book manuscript.
I’m looking forward to checking in here periodically to share what I learn on my adventures and hear how others are spending their time this summer.
Know that God is always with you through every season of the year. I hope you spend your summer doing everything you enjoy.
What is on your list of things to do this season? How will you spend your summer days?
For those who need some extra inspiration today, I offer a few of my favorite Bible verses.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Remember that God knows all you need, and he will always act on behalf of your highest good.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Have faith that God is always with you, and let his presence give you peace.
“I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:38-39).
Believe he cares for you and has a plan for your well-being.
“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’” (Isaiah 41:13).
Trust the Lord holds you in his mighty right hand.
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes . . . ; There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away . . . ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Revelation 21:4-5).
Know that no matter what happens, God is always in control, and he always promises a new beginning.
Today I pray you know that a loving God cares for you. Be at peace and trust that God is aware, and he knows everything you need.
What is your prayer today? What verses remind you that God has you in his care?
Someone close to me is struggling this week, so please join me in sharing a prayer for everyone who needs support today.
I pray you feel the peace of knowing God is always near and always cares.
I pray you know the hope that assures you a new day and a promising future.
I pray you are comforted by the awareness of all your blessings and the realization of God’s plan for your life.
Today please know you have the support of family and friends, the attention of a loving God, and the strength to face any challenge. Today I pray you know how much you are loved.
What is your prayer for today? What do you need to give you peace and strength?
It has been a month for staying indoors. Winter storms and freezing rain made driving dangerous. Streets and parking lots became icy pools. I’ve enjoyed the warm and safe confines of my cozy home, but I look forward to spring when the sky grows warm and the world feels welcoming again. I’m excited to greet the new experiences that present themselves with sunny days and balmy nights.
But in truth, every morning of any season presents an opportunity to try something new. Each day is a chance to begin a different journey. We don’t have to wait for a date on a calendar or a change in the weather to begin again. God gives us many occasions to open the door and follow the path he has planned for us, and each morning we are free to step out and explore a promising future.
Why are you waiting to begin something new? This morning, I pray you strike out for a changing horizon. Remember God is always with you on your travels.
On Monday morning, the snow began, falling all day to cover streets, sidewalks, and the flowerpots on my patio. I watched the rising ripples of snow and wondered how long I would have to stay inside my warm and cozy walls.
Through Monday night, the road crews worked, pushing snow into piles on the corners, cleaning roads, walkways, and parking lots. I heard the crashing blades and grinding gears rumbling out of sight across the dark. In the morning I saw streets smoothed, slick and glittering, in the sun.
God often works that way within our lives. While we rest and wait and wonder, God operates behind the scenes. We hear the distant rumblings of change, trust that God is performing the needed work, then awake in the morning to find new roads cleared, new routes created where none had been before.
God opens the paths he wants us to take, clears some roads, and blocks others we should not travel. He indicates the safest routes available to us and steers us away from dead ends and blind corners. We can know that whatever the storm drops onto the road ahead, God will know how to make the way clear.
Today I pray you trust that God is clearing the road you should travel. Know that wherever you turn, God always sees what lies ahead.
Where is the road taking you today? Where have you seen God’s work opening paths in your life?