Watching Spring Unfold
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”
I recently had the privilege of watching Spring unfold as I was visiting my Mama in Tennessee. It was so amazing to experience God’s handiwork! Where there was just dirt in front of my Mama's porch, He brought forth lush Hosta plants. Each day, they grew and became brighter in color. Tulips bloomed, along with a variety of other flowers my Mom grows and takes care of; beautiful, vibrant colors blossomed. Flowers would appear in random places around the yard where they weren't the previous day.
I also got to witness a hardworking Mama bird building an intricate nest that will house her and her future baby birds. Moment by moment, she would flutter about gathering moss and twigs for her dwelling place. Oh...and the baby cows! Those little ones were so much fun to watch as they ran and jumped around the field. Two of the calves would get into a head-butting contest almost every night before dinner, which was hilarious! The joy they found in their new life was contagious.
The songs of the birds each morning awakened us to the new day God brought forth was beautiful. The sunset out of my Mama's back window kissed us goodnight with colors of pink, purples and oranges. A reminder that God is there all the time with us. And the stars! Clear and bright under the blanket of night in the country.
As I was exploring the yard one day with my three year old son, Asher, admiring all that was around me, these encounters reminded me that God creates all things new, and along with the birds of the sky and lilies of the valleys, He clothes His children in vibrant, beautiful clothing as well.
Last fall, I attended a Beth Moore Simulcast. She challenged us to clean out our closets, get rid of the things that don’t fit us as daughters of the King: shame, doubt, fear, failure. And to put on the clothes that fit us as coheirs of Christ:
Let’s clean out the closets of our hearts. Jesus is waiting to clothe us in His beauty.
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My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.