Thinking of Spring, Watercolor and handmade paper, 10 x 17.5 in, Available at the May 12 show Thinking of Spring, Watercolor and handmade paper, 10 x 17.5 in, Available at the May 12 show Julie Drew
04 May
2018

Was it just me, or did it seem like winter didn't want to let go this year?
Winter letting go is like the old passing away so the new can come. Think about the scripture that talks about old ways letting go so the new way can come:

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Is 43:19
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ Rev 21:4

Every year I look forward in anticipation to spring - The hope, the new life. Buds bursting forth. The creeks and river flowing with the snow melt. Even how it feels like people are coming out of the hibernation (we hole up in our homes in the cold weather for 5+ months). The parks are filling up with activities of baseball and soccer, families at the playground, people are out walking and biking. We can actually see and greet our neighbors now that we aren't just dashing from house to car. We linger and enjoy the warmth of the sun.

As I move into spring and new life, what old things must pass away? What baggage or regrets, pain or loss can be set aside, or let go of, OR to think of it another way… What new life is coming in with the spring?

Ways I am engaging in the spring:

  • Eleven people joined me for a fun floral workshop in April.
  • In the travel journal class I am teaching on Thursdays … we are going to take advantage of the warm days and will do some plain air painting together. It is a good way to observe the spring and enjoy the warm weather.
  • On May 12, I will be at ‘That Bloomin’ Garden Show and Art Sale’ at the Alberta Ave Community Centre on 118 Ave with my floral paintings, like the one above here.
  • Babies remind us of all that new life and possibilities can be. I look forward to meeting my new grandson, Griffin, later this month in person. I have seen him on skype with his proud sister, mom and dad. How precious!

Take some time to sit in the sunshine and soak in the spring, notice the buds bursting, the new life flowing. Let it renew you, too.

In what ways are you engaging in new life this spring?

 

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