The First Day of Spring

“It’s the first day of spring….And my life is starting over again.”

– Noah & The Whale: The First Day of Spring

No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.

No matter what winter brought you, the world turns a page and melts away the cold hearts, the frozen dreams, the fruitless work and fading love.

Isn’t that the beauty of a fresh start? “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun.”- Ecclesiastes 3:11.

What are you waiting for this new chapter to bring? And how will you live? And will how you live define the quality of your fresh start?

Although a new season creates the condition for growth, and renewal and change: it takes the planting, the watering, the TLC to make the flowers grow. Where do you need some watering in your life? You can’t expect the same winter flowers to break out of the frost on their own.

Make this new season the foundation for a new start to the dead things in your life. May spring’s petals pave the path to your new birth. The hopes that are held in the darkness are the flowers that bloom in the light. 145811372663822-2

the rise to overcoming

I will rise. I will rise.
As Christ was raised to Life- @HillsongUnited- Beneath the Waters (I will rise)

Do you ever feel like you are drowning? Like you’ve gotten bad break after bad break? And all you want to do is come up for air, even just for a second. To breathe without the burden you can’t seem to lift. Maybe it’s hard to wake up in the morning: knowing you are going to have to face that difficult situation, or person and there doesn’t seem like there is a way out.  You’ve prayed for what seems like days, weeks, months and nothing ever seems to change.

There is good news. There is a way out.

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness  will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”- Malachi 4:2

Just as one went before you, and rose above the deepest adversity. The worst torture. The unspeakable betrayal. Fear, Loneliness, Pain. Jesus rose from the same ashes, the same bondage the same hardship that faces us today. And just as one who has forged a path on a mountain climb in the wilderness, He has made a way. When there seems like no way, make this your prayer. Tell yourself: the rise is coming. All you have to do is revere His name, look to Him. Reach out your hand when you can’t seem to stand. He will lift you up, lift you up to overcoming.

An Unchangeable Heart

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This weekend, I volunteered to make necklaces for cancer patients of my alma mater, USC’s, hospital. This picture features the centerpiece for one of the necklaces I made: a beautiful, simple heart. Creating something for someone else to appreciate was a beautiful experience. It made me think of what musicians do for a living. They create a song that means something to them and then they give it away to us to use, cherish and wear on our sleeves, on our hearts as our own.
I made this necklace for someone who is probably losing heart. An illness like cancer not only appears to take your health away, but it appears to take the only life you’ve known away as well. I’ve heard it said that when you have a traumatic experience happen your life is always separated into to phases: before & after. Before cancer, after cancer. Before the divorce, after the divorce. Before heartbreak, after heartbreak. It’s as if we almost begin a new life after a death… everything after loss is rebirth. Even if we don’t have a chronic, life-threatening illness: I’d venture to say that we have all, at times, felt like something in our life has died, or everything all at once. Like every door has been slammed in our face and there is nothing left to hope in, nothing left to hope for.
But the reality is, there is something that no circumstance can ever take away from us and that is the choice of our heart, our attitude, our soul. We have ultimate control of our heart and soul. The best thing we can do is surrender our heart to God, and allow Him to keep it safe from all the attacks this world can bring on it. the only thing that we can never lose is our soul. It is who we are and it will go with us into eternity and even when it feels we have nothing, we have something because we have a Gift of Unconditional Love that if we choose to accept, will forever live in our heart so that we know what it is to have joy, in plenty or in want. When we have nothing, we have everything because we have the unchangeable Love of our Heavenly Father who does not change like the shifting shadows but enters in, changes us from the inside out. “We have a hope that is an anchor for our soul, firm and secure”- Hebrews 6:19