Days last longer, flowers bloom, and pools reopen. Energetically, the spring season provides a much needed boost inspiring many of us to improve our health and get in shape during the warm months ahead. Here are three practices that will benefit just about anyone looking to maximize health this spring.
by Harold D. Harris, Lieutenant-U.S. Navy (Retired)
Prayer is a learned activity. Though we may instinctively cry for help in a crisis, the regular habit of prevailing prayer isn’t as natural to us; and some of us have hardly an inkling about the process. We’re like the disciples, who once asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.” It’s a lesson the Lord loves to give, for He knows the influence wielded when His people pray. During the process of teaching us to become prayer warriors, the Lord often uses His choice servants — mothers.
I was born during the height of the Great Depression and grew up helping my family grub out a living on a hardscrabble farm on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama. The term child labor wasn’t in our vocabulary; we all did our share, beginning as early as five years old. I’ll never forget those mile-long rows of cotton stretching out before us in the sweltering sun and the long cloth sacks slung over our shoulders to free up both hand — so we could pick twice as much cotton.
By 1953 — at age 18 — we were still getting by, but just barely. At this point in my life, having done little more than pick cotton until my fingers were pricked and bleeding, and grumble at stubborn mules that wanted to Gee when I wanted them to Haw, I had decided I wanted more out of life.
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The church program listed the title of the pastor’s message in bold print. “A Glimpse of Glory.” I was just a visitor at the church, but in the few times I’d been there, I’d learned that Pastor Carlos’ Sunday messages were usually inspiring. The choir was just ending their rendition of Majesty, the final hymn before the sermon would begin. I settled into the padded pew with Bible and heart open.
For well over a decade the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance has been serving governmental leaders thru prayer. Our mission is to intercede for, and interact with these leaders in order to impact our cities, state and nation.
Our mission is grounded in the scriptures from I Timothy 2:1-3.
It’s time to leave behind winter’s coat and gloves and venture into glorious warm days filled with sunshine. I look forward to quiet evenings sitting outside listening to the birds preparing for rest, and the quiet of the little ground animals scurrying to their beds.
I love the mornings of Spring though; when with coffee in hand, I head to the balcony to watch nature and its wonders. The robins have arrived, the mother stays in the tree as the father does what God has designed him to do. Out he goes gathering small pieces of twigs, a bit of fur from some passing friend, maybe a little twine - gathering treasures to build their Spring home so they can begin their annual family of little babies.
After a time, the nest is ready and I watch each day as she begins her duty of making those beautiful colored eggs that are so familiar to us. She sits and waits - I wait, too. Each day I listen for the first sight and sign. One morning it happens just in time with the warmth for the babies. Spring has arrived!
As I reflect on this unchanging miracle, it reminds me of the preparation of our Lord to provide us with eternal life. From the ‘Hosannas” on Psalm Sunday, His divine plan for death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. We are renewed each Spring season as we prepare our hearts to thank Him for the ultimate sacrifice.