Spring Forward

Living in the Midwest where the winters are long and cold cultivates an appreciation for the season of spring where all the madness of winter ceases. You grow to appreciate the blooming tulips, the grass sprouting and the melodious sound of birds singing all welcoming the season of spring. It is also the time you pack away the heavy winter sweaters, and clothing that was necessary for survival in the winter season. Hats, gloves, and boots make their way into storage away from your sight until next year.  As you place these items away, you reach and pull items you may have packed away from last spring with the hopes that these items will fit into this new season of spring.

Some of us do a “spring cleaning” of our homes with a deep and intense cleaning of dust as we prepare for the new season of spring. We open the windows allowing fresh air into a home that was closed up during the winter and we embrace all the ‘newness” that spring will bring.

Just as we engage in spring cleansing in the natural, as single Christians, spring is a great time to “spring clean” spiritually and prepare ourselves for new relationships, new opportunities and anything new that God desires to bring our way. Sometimes we don’t realize the weights and heavy items that we are carrying around. Some items we collected during the winter season and they no longer have a function for the new season of our life.

Heaviness from a marriage that did not turn out as we expected and we find ourselves single…again. Not really single in our emotions and thoughts, since we have just spent the last years of our lives “becoming one” with someone, building a life as a couple and now….single….again.  The heaviness of adjusting our lives from being a couple to being a single person may have caused us to cover our emotions up and protect our hearts from any more injury and pain.

Perhaps it’s the heaviness of yet another relationship gone sour. Surely this was “THE ONE”. The person of your dream, but before your eyes “THE ONE” turned into a dud. The layers of heavy items cover up the areas of our lives that need protection form the blustery elements of dating as a Christian.

Just as spring comes in the natural, spring in our spiritual lives prepare us for the new things that God is doing in our lives.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

God is opening doors of new opportunities for you as a single person for growth, development and new relationships. Spring is a season of freshness in and a shedding or placing away the heavy items from the previous season. This is a time to remove old, stagnated relationships that no longer fit this new season of your life. Separate or pack away negative people and dream- killers. Replace them with cheerleaders and people who celebrate the “new” you.

Allow new opportunities to bloom for you! Expand and gather in new relationship, allowing some fresh air to blow into your life and into your heart. Take a class….expand your mind. It can be an educational class, health class or a relaxation or hobby, just open your mind to new possibilities.

Let’s look at the passage in the Message version for more understanding of how God is doing something new in our lives……

This is what God says,

    the God who builds a road right through the ocean,

    who carves a path through pounding waves,

The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—

    they lie down and then can’t get up;

    they’re snuffed out like so many candles:

“Forget about what’s happened;

    don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.

    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,

    rivers in the badlands.

Singles spring forward and open your hearts and minds to the possibilities that God has for you in 2014. God is doing something new, be alert and present. Remove every weight and old mindsets and SPRING FORWARD !!

Dr. Monique Flemings

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