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March 8, 2013

SOAKING IT IN ... SOUL CARE

By PREACHER PAM

I hope you are noticing – spring is beginning to emerge from winter.

Even though it has been cold and very blustery these past few days, last week in the southeast part of Mineral Wells, I noticed a weeping willow tree budding out. In a neighboring yard, I noticed a small bush bursting forth with purple flowers.

This weekend I noticed my horses beginning to shed their winter coat, always a first sign that the warmer days of spring are near.

On Monday morning, I noticed up in the sky a flock of geese flying north, and along the highway, trees donning the white cotton balls that come before their leaves. On Wednesday morning, I noticed the east horizon brightening about 6:40 a.m., and that afternoon I noticed yellow daffodils emerging from the ground.

It is so exciting! It is all God’s beauty, and it is one of the ways God assures us of “new life,” just as God promises.

Over the winter months, because it is cold or windy, or because it is too dark, we develop indoor habits and our soul goes into a winter as well. We sit in front of the television channel-surfing, watching reality shows or DIY or endless sports or movies.

We get sucked into the internet for endless hours, checking e-mail or shopping.

Cell phones with endless apps provide our nightly entertainment.

We dismiss the world and go to bed early. Noticing what is going on around us in nature is a way that we can tend to our soul, and awaken it from its own winter, but it takes intentional practice.

How do we do that?

Turn off the television and the computer and the cell phone and go outside. Put on a jacket if you have to, but go outside and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face. Take a deep breath of the fresh, crisp air and let it fill your lungs. Look around your own home. Notice what is budding, what is blooming, what is turning from brown to green. Get in your car and drive through the neighborhood. What do you see that is changing? Make it a game – try to notice something every day.

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