embracing winter

winter1 Winter stretches long into a string of gray and bitter cold days and leaves us all feeling a bit weary. It can be oh so easy to slip low into the blues and when they hit, it is hard to turn that frown upside down.

Believe me, I get it. I live in Michigan. (*smile*) Thanks to the lake-effect, it snows here nearly every day. The white stuff piled high on each side of our driveway towers over my husband’s tall frame. School cancellations are in the double digits. We are cooped up for days at a time.

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While the bleak skies and slick roads can really do a number on my mood, I’ve been thinking more and more about the wonders of winter. The beauty that it holds. This season, created and made lovely by our kind, gracious Lord, has so much to offer. I don’t want to miss it. Any of it. Wishing away this season is not an option.

Winter invites us to give into the pull to linger and enjoy this time of rest and calm. So I embrace it. Full on. All of it. With a thankful heart.

I cozy up under a heavy blanket, a stack of reads beside me and a warm cup in my hands. Candles are lit and green life in little pots is placed here and there. I pull on thick sweaters and socks, twirl scarves around my neck to take walks with my boys. Breathing in deep, the fresh air fills my lungs and clears my mind. We follow deer tracks through the backyard and look in awe at the blue sky contrast against the glimmering white snow. The giggles and squeals of sledders reaches my window. I stand at the stove and stir, the steam rising high and then I putter around the house in slippers, creating this and organizing that. Fluffing our little nest brings me joy and I’m grateful for these long days at home to do just that.

Winter is seen with new eyes and it is wonder full.

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So friends, I know that this cold season is loooong, but let’s chase those blues far, far away and chat right now only about the good stuff. What are your very favorite things about winter? What about it makes your heart sing? We’d all love to hear and be encouraged. Share away!

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