Adiding & Thriving Even in Winter

Did you know that God not only wants you to survive this winter – but to thrive and abide this season? 

Scripture tells us that as believers, we can produce fruit in every season, including the dismal months of January and February. Psalm 1:3 reminds us, 

“They are like trees planted along the riverbak, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

Again, in Jeremiah 17:8 we are told,

“They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”

Whether it’s the darkness of winter or the drought of summer, the key to thriving is staying rooted near the source of water and life. Our source of life is the Holy Spirit. As you allow Him to nourish and sustain you this season, here are some simple ways you can abide and thrive: 

  1. Give yourself permission to hibernate and recharge for a few weeks. Use those extra dark mornings to spend more quiet time with God. Snuggle in bed a bit longer, warm your toes by a fire, and read a few books that will help you grow spiritually. I love when I can stay at home and have extended times of fellowship with the Lord. 
  1. Plan a future trip or a short getaway! Having something to look forward to can give you hope for the warmer days ahead. Not only will it give you something to plan while stuck inside, but you’ll find better deals and more availability by reserving early. We just booked a fall-weekend away! 
  1. Try bringing some of the outside indoors. I bring all of my plants that are normally on my back porch inside for the winter. I love seeing touches of green in every room. I also have logs by my fireplace, and use twig bunches as decor. Be creative and find pieces of nature to fill your space. 
  1. Try keeping a few twinkly lights out even after the holidays have ended. Once I put the Christmas decor away, I enjoy putting up my winter decorations. This way, instead of things appearing empty or dreary, I see flickering candles, pretty lanterns and illuminated bottles. 

I pray that you will use your extra indoor time to abide with the Lord. May the Holy Spirit help you see the wonder and beauty of this season, and give you the desires of your heart as you thrive in Him.

Stay cozy.