Winter has never been my favorite season. Growing up in Albuquerque (yes, it gets cold there) and dealing with snow and frosted car windows, sliding through ice on the roadways, and all the time and hassle of having to bundle yourself and the kids up just so you can go outside...ugh!
Let’s just say for this, among many reasons, I am so thankful to live in Tucson!!
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy..:)
Adverse weather has a way of slowing things down. People are forced indoors more of the time as the circle of manageable activities tightens. As it does, household members are usually together more, which can be an opportunity to focus in on those relationships.
Adverse situations can change our pace too. In fact, I don’t see how they can’t. Our routines are shaken up when events out of our control take over.
We can react to these situations by gritting our teeth and just making it through the storm until till things clear. Or, in the eye of the hurricane, we can take comfort and strength from God’s direction in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”.
As the winter months bring a sense of stillness to nature, so can “winter” season in our lives.
Often, when this happens, we freak out! We simply are not used to a lack of busyness and activity.
These times can be invaluable for stripping things down to evaluate what we really need to give our time and attention to.
As my daily routine has been “minimized” during this time, I have discovered that God doesn’t really want anything from me most the time. He just wants to be with me. To show me His love and His faithfulness.
And then to let that flow through me to those around me.
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
It truly is all about the Giver and not the gifts. Being present more than presents.
Today may you be stopped in your tracks by His avalanche of love for you.
Hey, you are His favorite!
* I have PET/CT scan this Friday and a follow up appt. Monday the 19th with the doctor. I appreciate your prayers!