We are now in the month of March. This Sunday will be the time for changing our clocks forward as we go into the season of Spring. If we look at a calendar, magazine or paper, we see all of the days available to celebrate. We need to celebrate each day as a special day when we decide how we will spend each new day. Some folks have certain days of the week they shop, house clean, go for special exercises, have lunch with a friend or spouse, go to a movie, take the children to planned activities and sometimes just take the day to relax and read. As busy as folks are in this culture, it is hard to find a little time to just be. Maybe we need to find one day in the week where we just find something meaningful to us as individuals.
March is a busy month. We turn our clocks forward on March 8th with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and try to get into the new schedule of getting up earlier, eating at a different time and going to bed even if it is still light outside. I will be happy to have more daylight in the evening. With Spring just around the corner, it is time to begin planting, pruning and getting our yards back in shape. If we have a lot of trees, we get to pick up the branches that have fallen during the winter. We also hope to have a little warmer weather to do all this work outside. The old saying is if the first of the month comes in like a lamb, the month will go out like a lion. Just saying! We will have to see what happens on March 31.
March 1st begins with the first Sunday of Lent, March 2 is Women’s History Month, March 6th is World Day of Prayer. We need to set aside time to pray for peace, the illnesses of others, our families and neighbors. We need to pray for the leaders or our communities, our nation and those who are leaders around the world. Pray for less violence and for those who face issues with drugs, homelessness and abuse. Our prayers do make a difference. March 9th is napping day. This is a day to take a catnap since we lost a few hours with the changing to Daylight Saving Time. Taking a 20-minute nap can give us more energy and help clear our minds with all the things we think about. This catnap gives us brainpower. March 8th – 14th is Chocolate Chip Cookie Week. This is a good time to bake chocolate chip cookies for the family. March 8th is the second Sunday of Lent. Reflect on the time leading up to Easter. Popcorn lovers can celebrate Popcorn Lovers Day on March 12th. Everyone loves popcorn and this is the special day to get your fill.
Did you know there are some other special days to celebrate in the month of March? March 13th is the National K-9 Veterans Day, which celebrates the brave military dogs. To celebrate this special day, you can send dog biscuits or grooming tools to Support Our Troops Military Paws Support Program. Janet Anania of Support Our Troops suggests you visit SupportOurTroops.org/k-9-soldier-treats for a list of items to donate. Any day is a good day to remember our Military Heroes by sending unused gift cards that you have received from Walmart, Sam’s Club and Target. Send them to HugsForOurSoldiers.org. This organization will use them to buy items for the care packages they ship to troops deployed overseas. Mail the cards to P.O. Box 532, Vonore, TN 37885.
March 14th is Butterflies Day. Monarch butterflies begin to migrate north for all of us to enjoy. Butterflies will eat sugar from a wet sponge which you might set out for them. Put the sponge in a dish with a little water. Butterflies like the juices from oranges, cantaloupe and strawberries. Butterflies like certain flowers which begin blooming in the spring. Butterflies are some of the beautiful examples of God’s creations. Information concerning some of these special days and ways to celebrate them were taken from Woman’s World. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and many are now adding shamrocks and other green items to celebrate this Irish Holiday. By the way, McDonalds now has the Shamrock Shake, which is green and tasty mint flavored. March 19th is the first day of Spring. March 22 is the fourth Sunday of Lent and March 29th is the fifth Sunday of Lent. March is full of days to remember and celebrate.
Of course, every day in each month is a celebration for someone who has a birthday, wedding, anniversary and engagement. Some dates in each month are remembrances of loved ones who have passed away. If one writes on a calendar or in a diary, each day of every month is a special day to someone in our world. So, let us celebrate all the wonderful days in our year.
Last week was Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the Easter celebration. Lent is a time when many folks give up something special during the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The season of Lent is a time when we prepare for the joy of Easter. During the 40 days prior to Easter, maybe we can make a list of ideas we can use to make a difference in the lives of others. These forty days can be used to reach out by calling someone who doesn’t get out often and would love to have a phone call from a friend. Send a card to someone who is ill or has lost a loved one. Schedule a day to help in one of the agencies who take care of food, clothing and special needs for others. Set aside one day to visit our nursing homes or visit a shut in who might be your neighbor. Share a phone call, visit or have lunch with your children or grandchildren. Each day during Lent, write in your journal something that you are thankful for. Find time to read the story of Jesus leading up to Easter. Reflect on this amazing story of Jesus as He passes through this season of Lent, is crucified on the cross for our sins and his body is placed in a tomb never to be seen again. Three days later Jesus comes to visit his Disciples after he arises from the dead. The Disciples then see Jesus as he ascends to Heaven. This is the story of Easter. As you read the story, you see the importance of every day of every event and this story happened thousands of years ago. This story is so important that we celebrate it every year.
There is something that everyone can do leading up to Easter. We can put aside our differences and show kindness to everyone even if we do not agree with them on various policies. We can pray for our friends and neighbors who are facing this new virus that is surrounding our world. We can pray for peace. We can pray for America. We can pray for our men and women who are serving in the military and keeping us safe. Let these 40 days of Lent be a special prayer time when our nation comes together in the spirit of love that Jesus tells us to do. The most important words Jesus taught us is to love one another. This is the time to practice this important rule to live by. Can you just imagine what we can accomplish if we put love the focus of these 40 days of Lent? Can you just imagine the healing of our lives as we use love to begin and end each day? We have the choice as to how we celebrate each day, each month and each year of our lives. Now is the time to decide how we will make each day special for us, our families, our neighbors, our communities and our world. Focus on each new day and make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
I leave you with these thoughts for the month of March.
What can I give back to God for blessings he’s poured out on me? Psalm 116 :12
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. John Wesley