Weekend Exhale: Goodbye, Hibernation; Hello, Inspiration

Our friends in Montana are sunk in 4 feet of snow, but here in Missouri, daffodils are blooming, trees are flowering, and the kids have already worn flip-flops…twice. In one week, the time change will propel us forward to longer days, and I’m already exhaling from winter’s passing. Thankfully, we didn’t have to endure much of a winter in the first place. All the same, here’s a grateful welcome to spring.


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Around March and April, we clean, detox, exercise, shave, plant, and take deep inhalations of fresh air. We stop to notice. We feel inspired again.
We remember, “Ah, yes, this is why I am alive!” I’m sorry if spring doesn’t do all that for you, but being released from the cave of dark winter motivates
me to sing–and I’m not much of a singer.

Spring animates our soul’s hibernation into a blissful state of wonder. We sense a desire to create, a longing to fly, a wanderlust. What about you?

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“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

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

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

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir


Release your spirit and let it soar.


Isaiah 40:31, “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”

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