Lake Havasu

The Promise of Spring

The mulberry tree growing in our small space here in Lake Havasu only recently dropped all its leaves; actually there are still a few crinkled up brown ones attached to the small limbs. A couple of days ago, I noticed among the barrenness a glimpse of green, and when I checked closely this morning, I found new leaves and buds.

The promise of Spring is now visible. In a few weeks buds will burst and flowers will paint the earth.

These leaves of both decay and birth reminded me of the profound scripture in Ecclesiastes where the wise man spoke of Time and of our need for understanding of the seasons of life.

Are you feeling the cold blow of winter today? Despite the promise of spring’s green leaves and bulging buds, do you feel a barren heaviness and decay? Take heart. Even as fresh leaves appear on the tree, at times, the brown ragged of the old season remains.

Be encouraged: Spring is coming.

<< Ecclesiastes 3 >>
King James Bible

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “The Promise of Spring”

Thank you for your post! This winter in Maryland was cold and very snowy. Unable to drive my motorized wheelchair over to the shopping center to run errands left me extra time to consider the seasons of life and their many gifts to us.

God is so good! He blesses us through rain, snow, sleet, and sunshine.



Hello, everybody. Thanks for being here and for your comments.

A special welcome to Mary, a new reader. Hope you’re here often. I’ve visited your site and it is truly an inspiration.

I’m encouraging all who visit here to read Mary’s writings. Absolutely uplifting.


Hi Shirley. Behold…the old is past away, and the NEW is coming into life. Yes, the smell and joy of Spring is all but WELCOMED. Out here, we have a first day of SUN after a rather harsh winter.

Keep our hearts warm and expectant as you post more of those signs of Spring!

Have a great weekend.



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