Friday, April 24, 2015

What we can learn from Spring Flowers--Plus a World War II spy triology.

By Carole Brown

Throughout January, February and March I’ve read a lot of complaints about the weather and probably made a few myself. Too, too cold.  Too much snow. Too gloomy. Too cloudy. I wish the sun would shine. I wish the rain would go away . . . The snow would quit . . . The clouds would vanish.

Good news. Spring is here! Rain, yes, but an encouraging rain--it’s APRIL, after all! You know the old saying: April showers bring May flowers. And sometimes we get a few of those glories in April too.

What are a few things we can learn and embody from spring flowers? Let’s see:

                                                                                                                                                                                           Apple blossoms: Promise.

This is a good one. Read the scriptures and find (if you don’t already have one) a promise for this spring throughout summer and the rest of the year--for you. Promise yourself some new attitude, some new adventure, that new idea--the beginning of a book started. Promise yourself to be more appreciative of everyday, which may not always be good, BUT there’s ALWAYS something good in that day. Draw comfort and peace from that.

 Crocus: Foresight
One definition for the word “foresight” is giving careful thought for the future. It does us good to check on our heart now and then. Not physically, but spiritually. Do we still prize our relationship with God more than anything? Do we love to spend time reading His word to us, communing with him?

Do we also have the foresight to realize that that book won’t get written without at the least a few words a day typed? Do we advance our work by researching, plotting, or sharing with our critique groups?

ŸViolet: Faithfulness.
Stay by the stuff. In other words, be true and faithful to God, of course, but to your family and your friends. Cherish every moment. Treasure the little things as well as the big. A child brought you a dandelion? Take a picture of you, the child and the flower. It will mean the world to the child and satisfaction to you. Someone shared a smile with you? Return the smile. Your father told the same joke again? Realize that small annoyances now will be precious memories someday. Shut your eyes and relish his voice and appreciate the effort he made to bring laughter to his loved ones’ hearts.

Most of all, be faithful to YOU! Don’t take on too much. Learn to say no, but always be willing to do what you can faithfully perform. Whatever God has asked you to do, do it with all your might and ability. Rest. Relax. Be strong.

  Star of Bethlehem: Hope
I love these small but beautiful star-shaped flowers. They do indeed give off the essence of hope. Hope for the day, right now. Hope for the future, tomorrow. Hope that breeds faith that I will stay close to my God. That I will continue to work diligently toward my goals. Don’t lose hope, but hold tight to that which you have and allow yourself to cling to a hope that Spring and the flowers share with us every year.

See what else bloomed in Carole's garden. A spy Triology!

Brown not only has her award winning (RWA International Digital Award finalist, Clash of the Titles Laurel Awards finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.

November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies.

Releasing November, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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