Posts Tagged ‘springtime’

Spring Break 2010

March 18, 2010

Spring break is not just for the students.  As a college instructor for over ten years, I can confidently say that faculty members also very much enjoy a little time off in the springtime.

Most years, for me, spring break means that, for a week, I can focus on my primary job, which is pastoring a church.  For this week, I have a little more time in my schedule.  I can catch up on a few items on my “to do” list. 

I can catch my breath. 

Today, here in eastern Iowa, it is supposed to be sunny and in the mid-sixties.  I will ride my bicycle to the church this morning, and this afternoon, for my exercise, I will both ride, and run outside.  It should be a beautiful afternoon for exercising outdoors.

A breath of fresh air!

Last week, I enjoyed a week with my son and his fiance, who were down for their spring break.  They are planning their upcoming wedding and are excited to begin their life together.  I suppose that you could say that they are in the springtime of their lives.

Excitement is in the air!

Spring break is good.  You don’t have to go to some far off location.  You certainly don’t have to party, and get drunk, and behave stupidly.  It is a wonderful opportunity to catch your breath, take a break, enjoy the changing seasons, relax a little, and refocus on what is important in your life.

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Springtime!

March 4, 2010

The official start of spring is still a few weeks away, but it is finally starting to warm up here in Iowa.  The snow is melting, the sun is shining and the attitudes of people everywhere are starting to improve. 

I am wondering if today will be the first day on the motorcycle?  I am also thinking about breaking out the bicycle, and perhaps, running outside once more.  It has been months.  (Years ago, I ran outside all winter long, but I have had too many injuries over the years to my joints to risk running on snow and ice for no good reason. )

Winter is coming to an end.  I know that there may still be a snowflake or two, but clearly the end is drawing nigh.

It is a reminder to me of the changing seasons of our lives.  This time I am not thinking of our aging, so much as our temperament, and our experiences.  Our moods can go through stages; times when we are feeling somewhat bleak, but those will end.  Spring will come.  Things will change.  There may be circumstances that have produced stress.  There may be challenges and obstacles to overcome.  These too, will change. Situations will be resolved.  We can have hope that life will get better.  This is especially true for Christians, who believe that God is with them.  We  know that the winter seasons of life will be followed by spring. 

So hang in there folks, spring is coming; both outside…and inside.