Awaken like the flowers and trees in Spring. Be restored. Grow, bloom, transform into who you, whose you are, learn to grasp the power within you and the authority you have to use it. -Shalon Day
HEART SNAP: PSALM 80:19-(NIV) Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
Spring is my favorite season of all. I absolutely love going out to my patio and seeing all of my beautiful flowers peeking up from the ground. Anticipating all of the sweet fragrances, beautiful colors and magnificent blooms that will show in a few days, weeks and months as God is gently waking them up from their winter slumber. Spring reminds me of how amazing God is as He gently awakens all of the trees, flowers, birds, insects, "life" He created.
I am reminded that God shows me his magnificence and restores my heart, mind and spirit each and every day as I study, read, pray and seek Him. These are days, especially in the Spring, when I love to just sit in the sun, feel God's love radiating down on me, smelling the sweet aroma of His love, imagining that He is looking down on me with the same thoughts in His mind of me!
How do you recognize when God is gently awakening you and your spirit or heart?
How do you respond to these moments?
Do you welcome them like a baby happy to see Momma or Daddy?
Are you a grumpy, grumbling half-awake teenager, irritated that you didn't get to sleep longer?
What is your vision of what Spring looks like from your perspective vs. God's perspective?
HEART SNAP: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)-Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!
Just as a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, we become a beautiful new creation after accepting Christ as our Savior. Just as a seed or a bulb that has no visual appeal by itself, when planted, watered and given time, blooms. Christ turns us from dead, unappealing seeds, gives us a solid root system and the ability to produce beautiful blooms or fruit that we are then able to spread to those around us.
Imagine God seeing you as a flower in His magnificent garden. What flower are you and why?
How is God cultivating you to bloom in your life?
Are you allowing your heart, mind and spirit to be soft, fertilized ground?
Are you resisting as dry, parched, cracked ground?
HEART SNAP: 1 John 5:4-5 (NIV)-for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Have you even seen a blade of grass growing up in the middle of a concrete pad and wonder how in the world that little blade made its way through gravel and 2, 3 or more inches of concrete to peek out and receive sunshine to grow?
I do! As I am spraying weed killer or pulling it, Yes, obviously in vain, because in just a couple of weeks, another one peeks up again.
Did you know that you have that much power? YOU DO! Because of Christ, you have overcome the world. You have the same power living inside to overcome the ground, gravel and concrete you may feel is hiding you from the sun. Use that power given to you from God to stand in the SON and refuse to be "Killed by the weed killer (the world)."
How do you feel when you read, see or hear God telling you that you have overcome the world?
How can you continue being a victorious blade of grass that has overcome concrete and stand proudly in the "Son?"
How can you show others how to be an overcome of this world/life, the messy middle between two perfect gardens?
Dig deeper in your study. I encourage you to look at the following verses (HEART SNAPS) to grow your heart, mind and soul!
1 Corinthians 6:19
1 Peter 2:2
2 Peter 3:18
1 John 4:14
I would also like to encourage you to write Ephesians 1:4-5 on a pretty piece of paper, sticky note or index card.
In place of "us," write your name and put it wherever you can see it and read it everyday.
May your day be blessed and I pray you allow God to cultivate your heart in ways you have never experienced before! Blessings, Shalon
Daughter, Sister, Wife, Momma, Friend, Warrior Princess, Sold out follower of Christ. There is more to me than meets the eye. A beautifully broken, messy, loving, imperfect woman praying to inspire others to find the JOY in this Joy-ney we call life!