Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air……
springisintheairWinter in Central Virginia has been unusually mild. A dusting of snow is all we’ve seen so far this season. Although cold days and nights have been scattered here and there, warmer temperatures have been enjoyed by almost everyone lately. Yesterday, our neighborhood was filled with runners, joggers, bicyclists of all ages and people walking their dogs. Even the dogs seem to know the weather is momentary and the best thing is enjoy it while you have the opportunity to be outside.
Frisbees flying through the air and basketball hoops giving the sound of “swoosh” as each ball entered the hoop gave a feeling of warmth to come.
Short sleeves and short pants have been pulled out of closets and drawers. Parents are checking to see if outfits from last summer still fit the children. There were no plans to look at summer clothing until a few months from now.
What a beautiful day! Sunshine and warm temperatures.
Daffodils, tulips and hyacinth flowers are pushing away dirt and peeking through to find the warmth of the sunshine. They are greeting the world with great anticipation of making beautiful, colorful flowers.
Downy woodpeckers, brightly colored bluebirds and red cardinals are flitting from trees to bird feeders, looking for the ever present seed to satisfy their hunger. A Mama bird with her growing belly is a sure indication that baby birds will soon be chirping loudly.
Wait…this is Virginia after all and the weather changes from hour to hour sometimes. Yes, as I listened to the weather forecast today, the news had changed once again. Yesterday’s heat is gone and today is windy and temperatures in the 40’s. Such a difference!
Put away the shorts and tank tops for now. Bring back out the sweaters and thermal underwear.
No problem, because here in Virginia, we are used to changing weather.
Just like Spring, change is in the air. We anticipate with joy the sunshine and the warmer temperatures to come.
What glorious sights and sounds the Lord gives us to enjoy! Each day is a blessing and there is something to look forward to each and every moment. Even in our struggles, God sends His love and mercies to us. We need to pause, listen and look for those special gifts He is sending.
If you are experiencing cold temperatures, don’t worry, warmth is coming because… Spring is in the air.
Blessings,
Melissa Henderson

melissa_hendersonMelissa Henderson lives in Mechanicsville, VA. She was born in Hampton and has lived in various cities in VA. She and her husband, Alan, have been married for over 37 years and have one son(Mike) who is married to daughter-in-love(Christine). Melissa was taught the love of reading and writing at an early age, from her parents. She is now working on her first inspirational fiction novel. Her passions are volunteering, Bible Studies and reading and writing. You can find her online at MelissaGHenderson.com

Member Spotlight: Melissa Henderson

Thanks for stopping by the ACFW Virginia Blog today!

Today we’re focusing on our member, Melissa Henderson. Grab something warm to drink and sit down to learn about Melissa.

melissa_hendersonPlease tell the readers about herself:
Hi, I’m Melissa Henderson residing in Mechanicsville, VA. My Husband (Alan) and I have been married for over 37 years. We have one son (Mike) who is married to sweet daughter-in-love (Christine).

What is a fun fact about you?
Stories are constantly flowing through my mind.  I can laugh at myself and at plenty of experiences in my life that bring laughter and joy. That is why our family motto is “It’s Always A Story with The Henderson’s.”

What’s your favorite genre?
I enjoy reading Christian inspirational fiction, and that is my favorite genre to write.  Children’s stories are also a favorite of mine to read and write.

Please share about your writing:
Currently, I am writing my first Christian inspirational fiction novel. Scheduling a specific time to write each day gives me focus and helps me be dedicated to the story I am creating. Attending writing conferences and workshops have given me courage and excitement about writing.  I learn something new at each event.

What has been the hardest thing you’ve faced on this writing journey?
The hardest thing about being a new writer is having a feeling of not being a “good” writer. Thankfully, there are many writers who are encouraging me along the way. Their wisdom and knowledge are great comfort.

How do you spiritually prepare for writing your stories?
I spiritually prepare for writing my stories by praying first and asking God to give me the words that He wants me to share with others.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Melissa. You can follow her on her Blog.