Sunday, March 30, 2014

The newness of Spring

It's been a long, long winter here in the Midwest, we all feel it I'm sure. In the same right, it feels like it has been an even longer winter in my soul. Call it what you want, a plateau, a desert, lack of desire. I am starting to feel the warmth of the sun and little peaks of green bursting forth from the drought my soul has felt. I am a happy person {even in the drought}, I haven't been faking it, I have just felt muted in some areas of my life. In some ways survival in parenting two little ones had completely taken me over. The little buds of desire are sprouting and my mind and heart are full of ideas, reflections and energy to move forward. I feel excitement and nervousness knowing that I am not the best at follow through. I also know that moving forward for me is simple. Taking 5 minutes to read in the bathroom by myself. Sketching something that is floating around in my mind. Spending 20 minutes writing in this space things that God has put on my heart. So here's to the newness of Spring and a quote that has been challenging to me lately.

"One of the most important-and most neglected-elements in the beginning of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality, to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things, to come alive to the splendor that is all around us in the creatures of God."-Thomas Merton

2 comments:

Erika said...

I cherish these little bits from your heart. Thank you for sharing! And I really like that quote. I wish we could sit down and have a long conversation. Someday...:)

Melissa Neuman said...

Love that quote -- thanks for sharing. I'm right there with you, sister. Praying for new life to spring forth from your heart in this season!