#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The First Sign of Spring

No, it isn’t the winter solstice, when the days presumably start getting longer.  :)  

For me, the first sign of spring is the flurry of seed catalogs that start showing up in my mailbox, it seems to me, around December 26.  I haven’t even achieved novice status as a gardener, but I have a penchant for growing things, and when those catalogs begin to turn up, I pour over them, drinking in the plush roses, the gorgeous peonies, the dramatic dahlias, the multi-colored ears of corn, the shiny purple eggplants, and I dream of summer, when my yard comes alive with color and fragrance.  In fact, I don’t even have to visualize summer: I delight myself with mind-pictures of the first crocuses and daffodils and those show-offs, the tulips.  Both in my imagination and in reality, I am awed by flowers–by plump tomatoes–by pumpkins and spaghetti squash.  What an amazing world God has created–where a handful of seeds can produce, in mere weeks, towering sunflowers that bob their bright yellow heads in the passing breeze, where a single apple contains the beginnings of an orchard!

As I write this, snow is falling.  And that is beautiful, too.  Last year was dry in our area; wells were low and fire was a constant danger.  Snow is a gift; it will melt into the ground, when the time is right, and add significantly to the underground water supply.  Everything is a blessing.

Are any of you working on your 40-Day Miracle?  I’m on Day 48, and I’m so glad I discovered this process, this journey.

Here’s the thing you need to know about miracles.  They can be very simple and small–a reminder, an insight, an idea, a chance meeting with a friend.  I don’t know about you, but in the past, I’ve made the mistake of thinking a genuine miracle had to be something BIG, preferably with fireworks and a booming orchestral score and a cast of thousands.  :)  

Wrong-o.  The best miracles are the ones that change you, on the inside.  That’s where the rubber meets the road, my friends, on the inside.  Just as 8-foot sunflowers come from small seeds, seriously major miracles grow from simple choices and quiet decisions.

Think about it. 

30 comments to “The First Sign of Spring”

  1. Diana E.
      · January 8th, 2016 at 4:14 pm · Link

    How wonderful the rebirth of the flowers. This time of the year can be depressing for so many, yet to me, just seeing the tiny green shoots poking their little heads through the cold wet dirt is a miracle of hope and life. Blessings.

  2. theresa
      · January 8th, 2016 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Love your positive outlook !

  3. Deborah Nelson
      · January 8th, 2016 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Words of wisdom :-)

    Love your stories of the coming spring. We also have snow, but the snow doesn’t feel as dry–a sure sign of spring.

    My New Year’s word is “Happy”

  4. Linda Solcich
      · January 8th, 2016 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Thanks. I had never thought of miracles in that way. An answered prayer, yes, but you are right. I will be noticing a lot more now.

  5. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · January 8th, 2016 at 4:44 pm · Link

    I agree completely!

  6. Lois Rotella
      · January 8th, 2016 at 4:50 pm · Link

    We have not had any snow yet. We keep going from 60 degrees to 30 degrees. On Christmas eve in NYC we had 72 degrees. The flowers in the east are confused .

  7. Jo-Ann Baker
      · January 8th, 2016 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I love flowers but only grown a few in pots as I do not have a yard big enough to plant more. I do grow tomotes in pots on my patio which works really well.. Cherrie tomatoes are really good that way too. My Grandson loves them an has learned to pick them off the bush since he was 1 year old.
    Have a great week an glad for the snow to help with water your way.. Been raining here all day.

  8. Virginia H
      · January 8th, 2016 at 5:15 pm · Link

    What a lovely post. We haven’t really had any snow yet may get some tomorrow. We have had mostly rain, it has rained today and is 50 degrees but the cold is coming in on Sunday and maybe some snow but I hope not. I would rather not have snow at all. We are going from 60 to in the 20’s within a few days. I even got a short walk in today between rains. I really don’t like the cold weather but since I live in KY it may be cold one day and warm the next, you never know.

    • Elaine Key
        · January 8th, 2016 at 5:32 pm · Link

      Hey Virginia H., I live in TN and we are having the same weather. I’m still wearing my summer clothes with just a sweater on some days.

  9. Lynn Hill
      · January 8th, 2016 at 5:36 pm · Link

    I have my roses and I do love them. I look forward to them blooming in the summer however my favorite flowers have to be the spring blossoms. I wished they would bloom year around LOL

  10. Peggy Casey
      · January 8th, 2016 at 5:58 pm · Link

    As distant as it seems now… we will be seeing those lovely signs of spring happening here in Mead before we know it! Time passes so quickly!!!

  11. Ruby Norwood
      · January 8th, 2016 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Well Linda, Christmas day at my home it was 80%. It didn’t even feel like Christmas and then this week the highs have been in the 40″s in the day time 18 to 20% at night and we really don’t need anymore rain right now, but I am thankful for all of it. I haven’t went anywhere yet, to get me a journal but as soon as I do, I am going to do the 40 day miracles. When you really think about it you will be surprise at how many you have in a day. Enjoyed the blog!!

  12. Terri S.
      · January 8th, 2016 at 6:21 pm · Link

    That was a lot of deep thinking Linda. More then I’m capable of deciphering at the moment due to post – operative pain meds. Lol. I’m glad y’all are getting snow there. We are supposed to get our first major snow for the winter tonight and tomorrow. It’s been so warm here, we have been getting a ton of rain instead of snow. I really miss my winter. :cry:

  13. Gloria
      · January 8th, 2016 at 7:21 pm · Link

    What a BEAUTIFUL Blog, Linda!

    Thank you!

  14. eriko
      · January 8th, 2016 at 7:57 pm · Link

    I love your posts!

  15. Melaine
      · January 8th, 2016 at 8:00 pm · Link

    We are even getting snow in Southern Arizona. Unbelieve!

  16. Leanna
      · January 8th, 2016 at 8:40 pm · Link

    I live in Texas, so there are several plants that we can still grow in the winter. I remember when I was young and lived in Minnesota and my mom would start getting seed catalogs and she would start planning her garden.

  17. Roberta Giordano
      · January 8th, 2016 at 9:17 pm · Link

    I love the four seasons. The snow in winter, the flower buds just coming up in spring , the vegetable garden in the summer and the leaves changing color in the fall

  18. Sandra
      · January 8th, 2016 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Yes, just the sight of a few of those catalogs in my mailbox make me yearn for spring and the warm earth. My gardening efforts will have to wait this year until I can figure out how to get an electric fence around the garden though. The deer ate everything on my last attempt and I tried all the deterrents I could research and find. I do love watching the deer in my yard this time of year so I can’t really blame them for wanting to eat my garden. Just have to convince them it’s not worth it this spring. I love your enthusiasm and awareness of all that is around you in nature. Keep on counting those blessings!

  19. Teresa Woodby
      · January 8th, 2016 at 10:12 pm · Link

    I like a nice snow. Kills bugs, germs etc. Don’t like ice. I live on four to six wheels when not in bed. I’m dangerous, LOL!! Doesn’t matter how good the tread. Let me get stuck in wet grass with my electric & I can dig a 2-4″ deep trench, well… They have to tie me to a vehicle to get to pull me so I can move without help. Hilarious and aggravating! Figure let someone else plant. Love the results though.

  20. Dixie hadley
      · January 8th, 2016 at 11:32 pm · Link

    So enjoyed your insight in the blog. I haven’t started the 40 miracle journey yet but I will start it SOON. Thank you for sharing
    Dixie Hadley

  21. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 9th, 2016 at 3:00 am · Link

    I love the way you see the world!!!

  22. Lynn
      · January 10th, 2016 at 8:40 am · Link

    I see little ones every day. My hubby, my daughter, my granddaughter, the new one on the way, the car that I avoided going into work who was texting and not watching, the little doggies that greet me each evening…..so many

    Blessings to all in the new year

  23. debra wright
      · January 10th, 2016 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda for blessing me today!

  24. Susan Speed
      · January 10th, 2016 at 1:16 pm · Link

    Whoa, what a powerful message you sent with this blog posting. Your last paragraph has been on my mind since I read it yesterday. I do believe that we have a choice in the direction our lives go. Attitude and noticing small miracles everyday can take each of us pretty far on the way to a contented life. Thank you for this posting, blessings to you.

  25. Georgie Walters
      · January 10th, 2016 at 3:42 pm · Link

    As I lounge in my chair on this brisk Sunday afternoon.. reading book #6 In The Montana Creeds ..glancing out the window the wind is blowing.. drying up the rain we’ve recently had..and I’m wishing for snow..There’s nothing in this world I love more than seeing snow fall on these beautiful mountains here in Western North Carolina…that I’m so very blessed to live in..
    This is when the ground soaks up on what is needed to make those gorgeous spring flowers rise up and bloom those awesome colors..
    What an extraordinary world we have..
    Each and every day is a Glorious Miracle….
    I do my best to appreciate each and every one..

  26. Brenda Rupp
      · January 11th, 2016 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, you have always been one of my favorite authors. It has been a while since I have read any of your books. I’ll have to fix that. This new year, I have some back issues and since I’m not really able to get out and walk I am going back to get therapy for my back and to get moving again! My new years wish is to reduce again the amount of medication that I take. My doctor finally took me off High Blood Pressure medication. I use essential oils to help with problems instead of turning to medications and I’ve changed my diet totally. So my new year as spring is coming in, I’ve got to say is movement. I’m going to get myself moving again if I can help it without having another surgery. I have had seven on back and neck total. I’m hoping therapy will help my problems walking.

  27. Evelyn Baldwin
      · January 16th, 2016 at 10:06 am · Link

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for your blogs! God Bless Always!

  28. Dona Kutska
      · January 19th, 2016 at 12:27 am · Link

    I’m waiting for spring! It’s cold here, -27 with the wind!!

  29. Valdi M
      · January 19th, 2016 at 4:51 pm · Link

    There are a lot of birds in my trees. I am so ready for spring I could cry!

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