Peace family, once Christmas is over, sometimes it’s easy for us Texans to become discouraged or frustrated with the cold, but there are many lovely and useful parts of winter! The slower pace sometimes seems to drag, but you can make winter work for you.
In nature, the trees slow down and get ready for spring. Animals hibernate. We finally turn off our air conditioners and save some money! Plus, our winters are so mild compared to many other places in the world, that we can even use winter to examine, prune and plan our landscapes. It’s a natural time of year for organizing, mending, healing and resting.
With the new year approaching, I am trying to clean my house, get rid of things I don’t want, return things that I have borrowed, fix things that need repairs (mostly knick-knacks, clothing with holes or missing buttons, or small problems in my house), and finish several craft projects that I began but never finished. My goal is to start the new year with as clean of a slate as possible.
I also want to try to take some time to get my heart in order. I’m not talking about new year’s resolutions; I just mean spending time with God, doing my best to listen, and assessing where my heart is in relation to him, and why. I also need to rest, and the early sunsets have been helpful for getting into bed a bit earlier!
Peace family, what are some things that you can do to refocus on God today? What is something restorative you can do? What are some ways you can start the new year with your best foot forward? Even if we can’t always rest or restore things in our preferred way, let’s use this season to its advantage.
I hope this week provides you with cozy, warm, quiet times full of peace and joy in your heart.