JOY for Today - Vernal Equinox 2022

Reawaken, restart, rejuvenate, renew. Spring - a time of growth, new life, and warmth - is full of JOYful possibilities. Welcome to the Spring celebration!

Daisies in the background with text overlay quoting Song of Solmon 2:11-12.
"Daisy Flowers in White" by Karen Arnold via Public Domain Pictures


Vernal Equinox Offerings:


Did You Know:

  1. Two "first days" of spring exist? One, the equinox, is astronomically based, but the other, used by climate scientists, is based on the temperature cycle. So, dear reader, you may choose to celebrate the first day of spring on March 1st (meteorologically) or March 20th (astronomically).
  2. Some cultures recognize the vernal equinox as their new yearWhile we celebrate the New Year in January, some countries in the middle east wait until spring to officially mark a New Year. To celebrate, they jump over bonfires, clean their homes, feast, paint eggs, bang pots, and picnic.
  3. A snake shadow descends El Castillo pyramid in Mexico each equinox? Historians suggest the shadow serves as tribute to Kukulan, the serpent god.
  4. When properly positioned, a stick will have no shadow at noon todayFollow the instructions on number nine at Time and Date to try it out where you live!
  5. Those cute baby animals born in spring help humans focus. Scientists believe baby animals trigger our care-giving impulses, increasing concentration, slowing impulsive behavior, and encouraging friendliness.

We'd Love to Know:

Any other spring fact you'd care to share.

Wolfe Stew Connects

Of all the seasons, spring is my least favorite. Not that there is no JOY in it, there is plenty of JOY to be found. While I harbor no specific disdain for the season, I just find more fondness in the others. However, many family birthdays, flowers budding, birds chirping, and temperatures rising, all bring spring JOY to me. And, as nature RESTARTS, it is an ideal reminder to FIGHT for areas in your life where you need a RESTART.

To encourage you in your RESTART(s), we've made a GROWTH for Today calendar with daily tasks. Each day is new, each moment is new, and each breath is good fuel for a RESTART. Know that we are learning to embrace RESTARTS with you.

We'd Love to Know:

What you anticipate each spring.


Bible Verses and Quotes to Inspire

Verses

  • "Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:2 NIV
  • "They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain. Job 29:23 NIV
  • "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;" Song of Solomon 2:11-12 KJV
  • "And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years." Genesis 1:14 ESV
  • "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with JOY and singing." Isaiah 35:1-2 KJV

Quotes

  • "It is spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • "She turned to the sunlight / And shook her yellow head, / And whispered to her neighbor: / 'Winter is dead.'" - A. A. Milne
  • "Spring is painted in daffodil yellows, robin egg blues, new grass green and the brightness of hope for a better life." - Toni Sorenson
  • "The deep roots never doubt spring will come." - Marty Rubin
  • "Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens

We'd Love to Know:

Which verse or quote would you turn into a coloring page?

Activity Suggestions

Welcome spring with one (or two) of the activities below.

We'd Love to Know: 

How you welcome spring.

We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow.

Fighting the Good Fight with You,

Red stew bowl with steam rising from top. Wolfe Stew crawled on front.

Find even more JOY for Today in our monthly calendars, holiday, and seasonal posts.

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