Brrrr… This morning the wind chill was at freezing and I thought to myself “I am just not ready for winter!”
As I thought about this, I know winter is really hard for a lot of people. The shorter daylight hours can bring about seasonal depression for some. The cold weather can mean pain for those who suffer with arthritis. The leaves are falling quickly and the bright colors they bring will fade to blank trees.
But also many are going through a “winter” season. It seems like it is cold, bleak and maybe hopeless. Maybe 2020 has almost taken you out. Maybe most of the year has felt like “winter” to you.
My friend I want to encourage you to keep pursuing God in the middle of these winter seasons. The winter won’t last forever. Joy will come in the morning. Below are a few tips to help you stay in hot pursuit of God during this “winter”.
Make time with God a priority.
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.”
Psalms 63:1 NKJV
Often during the winter season it is difficult to stay focused on our consistent time with God. But when we will press through and spend time in prayer and the Word, we arm our souls (mind, will & emotions) with strength that we need.
Spend time in the SONshine
Studying the life of Jesus during your winter season will show you how He made it through His dark times. From dealing with betrayal to times of extreme pain from the cross .
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.””
Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
Turn the music on!
Worship music will turn your focus into Jesus and off the winter season. There is so much wonderful worship music out that will lift your spirit. Not only listen, but learn these songs and sing them out loud! Singing praises to the Father is a sure way to shift your focus.
Winter won’t last forever. The cold will give way to spring’s mild temperatures. Likewise the winter season you may be experiencing will not last forever. Don’t give up. God loves you so very much and will bring you through this dreary blah place you may be in.
Shalom and may God’s favor be on you.