Preparing for Spring: Heart, Soul, Mind, and BodyTicia Messing
I don’t know about where you live, but I saw the first sign of spring a few days ago. Here in the Texas Hill Country, we don’t really consider it spring until we see bluebonnets. It immediately cheered me up and got me thinking of how I can get ready for the change in weather.
Prepare your heart for spring
With spring comes new growth. How have you nurtured your own walk with God? During winter I find it hard to focus and read my Bible, but spring gives me hope. I see the buds on the trees, and I see God’s promise in tangible form.
- Take a walk and thank God for what you see. Pray for your neighbors as you pass their houses. Pray for the children you see.
- Look up the word new in your Bible concordance or using a website such as BibleGateway.com.
- Find a new praise song mix. Lately I’ve been encouraged by old Rich Mullins songs from my teen years.
Preparing your soul for spring
We are spiritual people. When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” So how are you nourishing your soul? Have you gotten together with friends recently just to have fun or gone on a date with your spouse?
- Plan a date. I need to bold, highlight, and put an exclamation point on this one!
- Plan a play date for you. Go out see a movie or do something else fun
- Take some time by yourself such as snuggling up with a blanket and your favorite fluff book.
Preparing your mind for spring
We made all sorts of resolutions in January, just a few shorts months ago, to read books or learn more. How are you doing at those goals?
- What book can you read to learn more? A parenting book? Nonfiction?
- What hobby do you have? You are more than just a homeschooling parent. Your life should not just be your children. What did you do before they came along? Can you still do it?
- What class could you take?
Preparing your body for spring
Are you like me and ditched your exercise routine during winter? To save money, we canceled our gym membership and said “We’ll go walking more often.” And we did. Then it got cold. I don’t like cold. But it’s not cold now, and we can walk again. In a month I’m going swimming regularly.
- Find a time to exercise. Find what works for you, not what the experts say.
- Get what you need to exercise. If your walking shoes are worn out, buy a new pair.
- Find accountability. Who is going to keep you honest about exercising?
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to spring, and all it will bring. Especially the chance for new starts.