Winter Blues~

 

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After 6 long months of snow, ice, hail, wind, rain, and more snow; the sun has finally shown its face (at least for today). If I were a skier I am sure that I would be mourning the end of a great ski season; so sad to see it go. However, I am rejoicing in the prospect of long warm days ahead!

I hate to admit it but I think I may be one of those people who gets “emotionally blue” the longer winter continues. I get tired of trying to drive on snow, tired of wearing mittens, large jackets, snow boots, short days, and being mindful not to go out at night because of ice on the roads. To be truly dramatic sometimes I feel trapped by the winter season!!

I am a girl who was raised in Santa Cruz, California and only experienced mild temperatures and seasons for most of my young life; but life in the Northwest has been quite different! I am learning, sometimes unwillingly, about the impact of seasons as they change.

Life is a little bit like our seasons, isn’t it?  Sometimes we find ourselves in a season that feels like a bleak, cold winter; a season filled with challenge, uncertainty, and even pain.  In these times we might imagine that seasons will never change, never get brighter, never get warmer. Yet, just as spring follows the winter, our life seasons will change as well.

A few ways I “survive” the winter months are: binging on British shows on Netflix, good coffee, exercise, doing home projects, writing, and reading, and spending time with those that I love.  These are a few tools in my arsenal that get me through until I can bask in  the season of hiking, biking, long walks along the river, camping and basically everything outdoors!

In that same way, perhaps when we are in a “winter” season in our lives we truly need to find ways to navigate it carefully and intentionally; self-care, spending time with “life-giving” friends and family, prayer and meditation, exercise, etc. Then, when you least expect it ~ the sun will come out again. Don’t let the “winter season” of your life destroy your hope for a a brighter day!

“We all know that if the seasons were the same, there would be no growth. We know that without winter there would be no spring. We know that without frosts there would be no bulbs and without the monsoon there would be no rice harvest. In the same way, we also know that without sorrow there would be no joy. Without pain there would be no healing. I think that’s precisely where the beauty comes in. It comes in through the fruit of the seasons. He has indeed made everything beautiful in its time.” Naomi Reed ~ Author

The storms will come, but I presently love this sunny day! 🙂

Changing Seasons~

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I can already feel it in the air; chilly nights and mornings.  Mid day there is still a sense that Summer is upon us, but I know from much experience that the seasons are changing.  Some people love how seasons change; they anticipate leaves turning red and gold, the the shorter days, and pulling out the bulky sweaters!

However, I don’t really like change all that much.  I get into a preferred season (yes summer) and want it to last forever! Long, warm days are my favorite thing!!  I am quite okay enjoying this one season.

I’m a bit like that in life too. I do like things that stay constant, change often creates anxiety in my heart.  I know in my brain that change is necessary but I tend to want to hang onto what I am comfortable with, what I know.

I’ve experienced a great deal of life change over the past 5 years; some of it challenging-lots of it good.  In these changes I have been forced to grow, try new things, learn to have greater trust, and see the fruitfulness of a “changing season”.

Can you feel a “changing season” coming for you? Like me, do you want to hang on tight to the season you are in? Well, like me, it might be time to pull out that bulky sweater and embrace the change ahead knowing that the fruitfulness will well outweigh the challenge of the change.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

   a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
   a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3

Blessings to you in Your Season ahead! 🙂