Does winter feel extra long this year? Does it feel as if spring will never arrive? Well, if you’re feeling this way, I don’t think you’re alone. For a number of reasons, winter can feel like it drags on for many of us. This is the subject of this episode, and since the groundhog saw his shadow a few weeks ago, and proclaimed there will be six more weeks of winter, right about now is when we could use some encouragement for when winter feels long. So, hang with me here for the next short while and we’ll find some help and hope together.
“This is the first year I haven’t hated winter in a while.”
I couldn’t believe it when these words escaped my mouth a couple weeks ago. But they did, and they were true! It’s no secret winter is not my favorite. After all, winter in Iowa can be challenging. Especially winter in rural Iowa.
What’s your favorite season? Do you have one?
But I haven’t hated winter this year. I usually dread January. It always feels like the longest month ever to me. This year, however, January didn’t feel long at all. In fact, it felt short! Why? Well, I pondered this after I made that statement, because off the top of my head, I wasn’t sure why.
But the more I thought about it, I believe it’s because it was the most beautiful January I can remember in quite some time. And one thing I did on many January mornings, I believe, made an impactful difference. I share the details in the episode.
But I know what it’s like when winter feels long.
Not just the month of January, but all of it. And not just the season on the calendar, but also the winter seasons in life, too. Maybe you know what it’s like too.
Because we all have them. The dark, bleak, bare seasons, when life feels heavy and a little hopeless. And maybe you’re walking through one right now. Maybe you’re finding yourself in a winter season of life and you’re ready for spring to arrive asap!
Click on the player above to listen to the full 13-minute episode.
In it I share encouragement from God’s Word, and hope for the season we are in right now. Because God is still at work in winter seasons. If if this winter feels long.
No season lasts forever, on our calendars and in life. and before long, the new season will be here. But while we’re here, let’s choose to make the best of it. Let’s choose to see not only the good in each day, but God in each day. Because God is bringing good out of this winter season. Stay encouraged and God bless you.
Links in this episode:
Episode 80, The Distraction of the Past Says, “Stay Stuck Here”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Psalm 46:1-3 NIRV
Psalm 28:7 NLT
Encouragement for Real Life Community
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