How do you know when it is springtime?  If you live in West Texas, you look at the Mesquite trees.  Mesquite trees are brilliant perfection.  I don’t know how they know another freeze is coming – but they do.  It might be 85 degrees and sunny for a week, but if the Mesquite hasn’t bloomed, you had better not take your coat to the cleaners.

For the rest of us, I found an article called “10 Signs Spring has Sprung.”  Here is that list that we can count on . . . (or not.)

1: No jackets. This is an especially helpful sign for mothers of young children. Chances are the kids wore their jackets to school a couple of weeks ago and they are still in the Lost and Found box in the cafeteria.
2: Spring smells. The author of the article mentioned fresh cut grass and flowers. She obviously doesn’t live next to a neighbor who wants to make certain her grass is very green – hence the strong smell of fertilizer.
3: People walking slower. Unfortunately that means the people who are congregating on the grocery aisle you need to go down.
4: Birds. I love waking up to my doves in the backyard – except for the fact they love to wake up early.
5: You drop 5 pounds. In case you were wondering, this is not a scientifically accurate list. Just ask my bathroom scale.
6: Your body feels better. This is really true. I have a few fingers these days that don’t like the winter months.
7: You get more done. I think this is because we have more to do. Spring is a busy season!
8: You hear music. Especially rap music being played at huge decibels while the rest of us pump our gas.
9: Buds are budding. Unless you live in West Texas…then it should say the Mesquite trees are budding.
10: Love is in the air. At least everyone looking for a date to prom is hoping so!

To this list I would like to add another.  

11:  A sure sign spring is in the air is that Janet Denison only writes one blog this week.  

It is spring break and I am not teaching my Bible studies.  So…I will only write one blog and enjoy the rest of the 10 signs of spring.  Who knows, maybe I’ll spend a little extra time walking the neighborhood, losing 5 pounds, and looking for those buds, birds and music.  (Not the rap music, however.)

I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the signs of spring.  If nature doesn’t cooperate, go to the mall.  They have been trying to convince us it’s spring since Valentine’s Day!

“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
(Hosea 6:3)

God and Mesquite trees.  You can count on both!

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