EverSpring

The Vernal

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; it it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

After the darkest, frigid, snowiest, iciest winter I think I’ve ever endured, finally came the day when spring began its gradual, grand entrance.

Vernal

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain

And it seems one of the most beautiful I can remember. The flowers are abundant, dripping in buds, and more colorful; the grass greener and lusher than I think I’ve seen in years.

Hanging Out

“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.” ~ Anne Bradstreet

And my soul mirrors the unfolding—my song called hope.

Together

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” ~ Virgil A. Kraft

I’ve endured many winters. But not just the season called “winter”. There’ve been other types of winter, winters more unbearable than the actual season. They are winters called “heartache”, “loss”, “tragedy”. And when you think about it, these winters can hit at any time.

Raise Me Up

“That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ,
And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.”
~ Winifred Mary Lett

Tragedy knows no season, no night, or day. Blustery winds and downpours rush in with no forecast, no warning. Blizzards can chill your heart any day, any time.

First Rose

First Rose of 2014

“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

But spring reminds us there is always hope, that “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” {Lamentations 3:22-23}, and thatGod is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” {Psalm 46:1} and “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.” {Isaiah 43:2} 

Done

So welcome spring with its promises of hope. Real hope springs from the Eternal One, and yes, it does take faith to turn to God. But He is the EverSpring that arrives in the midst of every winter. He really does show up.

Peace, Alexandria


This is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme “Spring”. Though some of my perennials did not survive, others returned with a force so powerful that each day takes my breath away. I’m out taking lots of photos so I’ll be sharing Spring with you the weeks to come, maybe into summer. 🙂

 

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  1. The spring does seem sweeter after a hard winter. Such an apt metaphor! And you have a rose already!
    Thank you for this lovely Sunday morning devotion.

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    • That was the first rose and was taken last week. Today the bushes are full. So glad to have them back. We are on the border of zones 7, 8 so the buds come in April and bloom in May. So beautiful! Thanks of the comment. I’m honored to be a part of your Sunday!

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  2. Beautiful

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  3. Glorious post Alexandria, from start to finish. I especially like the first quote and think you’re using much of the same site I am. But your own text is equally powerful and your photos compliment everything beautifully, as always. Wishing you a beautiful spring.

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    • Thank you, Tina. Yes, I’m sure we use the same sites for quotes. I remember seeing some a couple times on yours. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post. I’m sure Kiawah is sparkling! I’m headed to the beach next week. Can’t get enough!

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  4. Beautiful collection of spring photos!

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    • Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed. Hope you’re enjoying spring in your neighborhood. Take care.

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  5. I love, love, LOVE all of these photos, especially the very last one! Spring is such a wonderful reminder of hope. And Lamentations 3:22-23, have to be two of my all time favorite verses – “His mercies are new EVERY morning”…. 🙂

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