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Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Promise of Springtime

Oh my has it been a long winter.

During the holidays many of you reveled in newly fallen snow and the gentle peace and bliss it brought.

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But as months passed, the cold and snow relentless, perhaps the bliss turned to despair and there was wonder if the beloved picnic table would ever be used again.

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It has truly been a winter of discontent for many.

Just yesterday I was thinking about the famous Anne Bradstreet quote:

 “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

How true this is.

 Even though my family and I live in the land of eternal sunshine it has been a brutal winter. This past week a cold front surrounded us that could rival any nor'easter.

The hope we had been maintaining for months, a job transfer with Mr. Décor’s company, withered away much like this plant on our front porch.

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Truth be told I haven’t done anything to my yard since Christmas. Yes, some of the neglect is due to a very busy work and school schedule this semester. But most of the negligence stems from thoughts such as “why spend money on plants when we might move….next month….next week”.

Brace yourselves, this is currently my front entry.  The door my wonderful Mr. Décor comes home to each and every day. Real cheerful and welcoming right?

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I mean how far can you get from this?

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But in the midst of our employment trials I remembered that one should “bloom where they’re planted” no matter for how long.

The revelation came after attending a wonderful event and being blissfully reminded that spring is coming.

And this spring will be one of the BEST yet due to such a long, relentless winter.

Spring will arrive. It is His promise when we are faithful.

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With joy in the promise, for the next 6 days, Décor To Adore will be celebrating all things spring.

I hope you’ll join me.

Laura

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” ~ Song of Solomon 2:11~12

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

“Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and He will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.” ~ Zechariah 10:1

A special “thank you” to my dear friend Cindy who lovingly shared her Wisconsin winter images.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Laura,
    A much-needed reminder! :) Looking forward to your springtime posts.

    It seems like we've been in winter here in central Illinois for 5 months and that's truly about right. It's 29 degrees here this morning, frosty, but sunny... supposed to be one of the warmest days we've had this week, 60s. Still, I have been wondering when the flowers will bloom, when the green will return. Everything is at least a month behind the usual here. Yet, I heard on the weather last night that we are way below tornado levels for this time of year, and that's attributed to the colder than normal springtime temps, so that's something to be thankful for.

    Hope you enjoy a blessed day and new week,
    Linda

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  2. You'll be happy to know that all of the snow has melted off that picnic table! But there is still plenty to go.
    I am so sorry about the job transfer, will be sending prayers your way Laura.
    And just like that gal above me, we will be seeing low 60's today, the first time since October.
    Hugs friend,
    Cindy

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  3. Oh Laura, I know the Lord has something fabulous in store for your family. I am so sorry to hear the job transfer didn't come through. I will continue to keep you in prayer and believe that the perfect position will open up soon. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

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  4. I'm sorry that the job transfer did not go through.

    I look forward to your celebration of spring.

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  5. It's so beautiful. Love this time of year in the place we are so fortunate to live in. I have enjoyed this spring like no other and I'm thankful for all of my fruits.

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  6. Laura,

    I know you are a person of great faith, but it is still often difficult to accept this type of disappointment. The next door of opportunity will come, just as the spring comes after winter. God is good, always!

    Your front door looks better than mine right now, as the red paint on mine is peeling in huge pieces!

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  7. Ah, lovely hope for Spring. Adversary does bring hope in all walks of life,even nature.
    Very beautiful entryway.
    Ann

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  8. Great reminders in photo and written word that the one we hope in does not fail. Spring will prove itself yet! For some reason the thought that pops in my head is that Easter is coming!

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  9. “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

    That will be my meditation for this week, Laura, thank you.

    I hope that the job situation improves soon. Mr D seems to be such a handy and hard working man that any employer could use his talents!

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  10. Thank you for your encouraging post, Laura, as we also wait for our branches to bloom after a difficult pruning process.
    Mary Alice

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  11. Wow! You DID get a lot of snow. I live in GA so we didn't get that much. I know Spring will reach you eventually. Remember the phrase, "this too shall pass".

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  12. Most definitely!!! we all need your Spring boost Laura!

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  13. I'm also looking forward to your spring boost......
    Lord knows it soooo over due.....

    Smiles and hopeful sunshine~
    Mari

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  14. Such a lovely written post! I'm sorry the job situation didn't turn out as you had planned. It doesn't make it easy to look for silver linings sometimes. We live in NJ and it has been brutal in both mind and body this winter. My kids are craving the outdoors and I know my mood will improve with the sunshine coming and watching the flowers come up. Thanks for such a sweet and inspiring post!

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  15. This is perfect timing for some spring inspiration! The weather warmed up enough to get outside and assess the winter damage to the yard and begin to dream of gardens in bloom. Can't wait to see that entry all dolled up again.

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  16. I'm really sorry that the job transfer didn't happen, he has been so willing to work so hard and so far from home for them that it seems unjust. But much in this world seems unjust. I still feel very strongly that everything is going to turn out for the best for you..

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  17. Laura I understand and am chomping at the bit to change the curb appeal from Bleak House to Spring Gazebo!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  18. Love the hope you instill.Continuing to pray for the employment situation. My hubby hasn't found a new job yet, either. 23 months and counting. We are praying about some big changes. I admire your bravery and honesty in blogging about it.
    ~april

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