Spring: [One Year Anniversary Special]

Archive Post: Original blog post and comments from March 2012 can be found at http://feyisolas-inspiration.weebly.com/1/post/2012/03/spring-1-year-anniversary-special.html

Yes folks, I've been blogging for a year! Crazy how fast time flies huh? 

Its been a blessing, and I admit that I being wrapped up in my own disappointments and busy schedule sometimes didn't feel like blogging, but the Bible calls us to offer a SACRIFICE of praise, meaning that its not always easy or what we want to do. But in the midst of it, I always find peace in writing, and I just thank God for this medium for me to reflect on my own growth and learned lessons and to share with others! Over the year, I've gotten a lot of encouraging feedback about the content, and even had two articles featured in So Divine Magazine! I'm so encouraged that my own learning can encourage others too!

There's pretty much no doubt about it. Though Spring technically starts next week, we can see the signs that it came to the NorthEast a bit early this year. People aren't wearing coats anymore, people are walking a bit more slowly outdoors and taking the scenic routes. Its the time pretty much everyone has been waiting for for the past 4 months. The warmth right?

I don't like driving to the city on weekdays, so I took the bus today. On my way home from the city, I found myself limping into the bus stop. After getting on the bus, I found myself in a bit of pain whenever I sat with my feet flat on the ground and had to stretch my legs out for some comfort. "Yup" I said to myself "this is Spring!" Anyone with tendinitis(like myself), or who's ever sprained something knows what I'm talking about. You feel the season's change each time- and for me I feel it more as it gets warm, not so much when it gets cold. Tomorrow I'll be getting some Claritin too, because come 2-3 weeks, those oh so pretty plants will be leaving pollen all over the place I'll be needing some antihistamines! LOL. The interesting thing about this is that I never thought of these extra nuances and Spring to-dos in the winter while trying to de-ice my car or walking to a train stop. All I could think, was "geez, Spring can't come fast enough!" And now I'm here with a whole 'nother set of complaints. 

It's human nature to be like this. Not right, but its our nature. Take the story of the Hebrew people. They complained in Egypt, and once they got out, they complained and wanted to go back! " In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:2-4

As of late, I've really been learning in multiple ways that there are two ways to look at every situation - dwelling on what you have and dwelling on what you don't have. God promises us everything that we need, but not necessarily every thing that we want, or at least not always on our time. That leaves us with good and less preferred sides to most phases of life. Paul found, and thank God he shared the secret to happiness: "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Phil 4:12-13. I have to learn to focus on what I have, which ultimately is God.

In the fall, I have to focus on the changing colors of the leaves, and maybe pull out a sketchboard and canvas to celebrate how I love to draw, and how much I love those colors! In the winter, I have to love on my boots, furs, turtlenecks and other apparel! (Winter apparel is my favorite!) In the Spring, I get to pull out those bright colors and hats. In the Summer, I should make sure I schedule in lots of beach time and catch the ice cream man as often as possible. God's given us something to look forward to with every passing season, and that's what we're supposed to focus on. Never mind that there are birds chirping and waking you up earlier than you intended. Or that the bugs, and allergies are back to bother you. I had to be reminded of this as of late because there's A LOT that's been keeping me down recently. But I thank God for this word of encouragement that I got, and that I get to share it with you all as well!

As always, stay blessed. I hope this was encouraging to you, and thanks for stopping by!

Curious where it all started? Check out my 1st inspirational post HERE.
Curious what articles were featured on So Divine Magazine? Check them out via the links below:
--So Divine Feature: "Choose Life" 

--So Divine Feature: "Since God is for You, Try Not to Be Against Yourself"