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Bloom: the state or period of greatest beauty, freshness, or vigor

I have a love-hate relationship with spring.

I love that the weather finally starts to warm up again after a harsh winter. On the other hand, I hate all the rain spring brings.

The thing I love the most, however, is seeing the wildlife flourish.

When fall comes, the leaves wither and fall. The plant life suffers, and not many things can grow and survive during the frigid temperatures.

But when spring comes, leaves start to reappear on trees, flowers blossom, and wildlife flourishes.

It’s beautiful. 

I live in an area where we’re able to see this in abundance, and it’s absolutely my favorite part of spring.

But the point of saying all of this is this: no matter how tough the past season has been, you can still flourish.

In life, we all go through a “winter” season. We go through hard things. Things in our life die away or are lost.  Circumstances are tough. Our relationship with God could grow dry and cold.

But that doesn’t mean things end there. 

Because after winter comes spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. 

It’s time to bloom, friend. Your spring has come. And I declare over you a period of the greatest freshness you’ve ever experienced — the greatest strength, health, energy, and enthusiasm.

This is your time! 

Winter may have taken you out for a season, but a new season is here. You don’t have to stay stuck in the past one.

Today is a new day. Start again today. Rise again today. Bloom today.

And when you do these things, drawing closer to God, you will certainly flourish. 

Don’t wait. Start today!

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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