Our topic today in our Five Minute Friday group is “Spring.”

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to go with this, but this picture kept coming back into my mind. I know your laughing out loud! It was 30+ years ago! I had the honor and privilege to do some ladies’ days with my mother, grandmother and daughter. Our topic was “The Seasons of our Lives.” We each took a season. Allison, my daughter, read a scripture. I was tasked to take Spring and Summer. At that time of life, I was in the middle of the two seasons. My children were still young.

Spring, as I described it was the time of new beginnings. The time new life burst forth. As a parent, it’s the time we have to nurture and help our children begin their life. It’s a time we plant the seeds within their own life that will remain. One of the greatest reminders of this was my grandmother wanting me to memorize Psalm 1. I didn’t realize as a child how important it was. But, she knew! She knew that at a very young age it was important to help the seedling build deep roots in the ground. Psalm 1 says that this tree that has been nourished will prosper and it will be a blessing to others!

Our children need direction. They need care and tenderness. They don’t have to necessarily be your birth child. Aunts, uncles, teachers, bible school leaders are all necessary in the springtime of our children’s lives.

The following poem reminds me of these “seedlings” that have come and will come in my life!

“I am the Child.

All the world waits for my coming.

All the earth watches with interest to see what I shall become.

Civilization hangs in the balance.

For what I am, the world of tomorrow will be.

I am the Child.

I have come into your world, about which I know nothing.

Why I came I know not.

How I came I know not.

I am curious; I am interested.

I am the Child.

You hold in your hand my destiny.

You determine, largely, whether I shall succeed or fail.

Give me, I pray you, those things that make for happiness.

Train me, I beg you, that I may be a blessing to the world.

-Mamie Gene Cole

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