Spring Awakening

by Nancy Kay Grace

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10 NIV

I need renewal in my dreary spirit after the long winter months. The colder-than-usual temperatures drag on and the deeper-than-desired snow refuses to melt, affecting my attitude. By the end of winter, I get antsy for spring to bring warmer air and signs of tulips and green grass.

Spring is a time of awakening, with fresh beauty of the budding trees, singing cardinals and chirping robins. New life is seen in the blossoming forsythia and perky daffodils breaking though the crusty earth. Creation welcomes the warmer change after a long, dormant winter. As I observe the changes in creation, I gain hope for renewal.

A pleasant walk in the warmer sunshine brightens my heart and mind. A visit with a long time friend refreshes my spirit.

Do you need a spring awakening and fresh renewal for your soul? Consider adding these practices to your daily routine. 

Reading the word of God renews the heart and mind.

Just like opening a window on a spring day freshens the house, the word of God revives my spirit.

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 NIV

Prayer cleanses the spirit of the barriers that keep us from seeking God.

Coming to our heavenly Father in prayer, we can confess our weaknesses. The Holy Spirit melts any hardness of heart. He is always ready to welcome our prayers and renew us.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV

Fellowship—connecting with others—is an encouragement.

We were made for community. We can encourage one another in our faith while we also benefit from the connection. Invite a friend to join you on a walk and enjoy the new season together.

“If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 NASB

Listen for God.

When the Lord refreshes my heart, I am more open to hear from him. My mind is cleared of daily concerns so I can focus on Him.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

Lasting renewal of the heart comes slowly, like a long soaking rain on parched soil, making it useful again. The Lord works in our lives moment by moment—through reading the Bible, prayer, and sharing fellowship with others. Through these, we grow in our faith and hear the still, small voice of God whisper hope to us. He brings renewal to our hearts, just as He renews the earth. 

Are you ready for a spring awakening in your soul?

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is thankful for the gift of time. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God’s grace in our lives.  

Visit https://www.nancykaygrace.com to sign up for her monthly Grace Notes devotional newsletter.

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Join the conversation: How do you renew your mind when things seem so dark and dreary?

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One thought on “Spring Awakening

  1. I have learned that if I share time with God throughout the day and night, I am refreshed and renewed. Conversation with Him is comforting. Thanksgiving, praise, and sharing concerns. He is always listening.

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