Spring Fever, Green Fever
After a long, cold winter we see signs of spring popping up everywhere from green grass, flowers, and leaves to chocolate bunnies and new books in stores. I’m so ready for spring this year! Along with spring fever, it’s good to catch a little green fever to spruce up the yard and help care for the earth God made.
Grab your children and let them experience creation and get involved in caring for the environment. Snap photos of buds, bugs, and other signs of spring. Hike a nature trail and picnic outdoors. Plan a trip to enjoy more of the great outdoors.
To go greener as a family, pledge to recycle. Choose a plot of earth to renew, or see if you can help at an area park or waterway to clean liter, weed, or assist with a project. Stop by your local Christian store to find the latest books on caring for the environment like Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation (my latest and very fun book to write).
Save energy and money with simple changes like slightly shorter showers, setting the thermostat one degree cooler when using AC, detecting and stopping leaks, re-purposing items, and walk or ride bikes instead of riding in a car. Hold an invention day to let your family create or re-purpose cardboard boxes, CDs, and other items.
Go outside and praise God as you enjoy nature. Engage your senses of sight, sound, smell, and touch; and thank God for all you notice.
Karen Whiting is an international speaker and the author of 17 books, including God’s Girls, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, and The 365 Most Important Bible Passages for Women. Her newest book is Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Karen hosted the television series Puppets on Parade for Miami educational TV and has been a guest on various television shows, including the Peggy Denny Show, the Harvest Show, Atlanta57, and Home Keepers. Karen lives on the eastern shore of Maryland. Her book Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front won the Gold Award from the Military Writers Society of America, nonfiction book category; and the Golden Scroll nonfiction book of the year.