Winter can be a long, chilly, bitter season for some people. I’m a beach girl, so I choose cold days to be a time of renewal. Refreshment of our body, soul, and spirit leads to revitalized living. A good explanation of how God designed can be found on www.faithandhealthconnection.org.
It is through our body that we function. Our soul is how we live out our relationships and has three components— our mind, will and emotions. Our spirit gives us a purpose in life and enables us to love one another, our self, and God.
Gusty winds, snow, and ice seem to bring a slower pace and a relaxed attitude, instead of running full speed ahead leaving us stressed. God’s Word says “A relaxed attitude lengthens a person’s life.” (Proverbs 14:30 NLT). Which is a key to longevity.
The month of January offers more time to be still and consider a better path for the coming months. The Lord says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV). The last part of this verse states, “We will not walk in it.” The times I don’t walk in God’s will, I fall flat on my face, become tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. My best requires trusting God’s way. Here are three ideas to help walk in the right path for the New Year.
- Rest does not come naturally. Severe weather will make a person think twice about their schedule and trust God to take care of things. It allows downtime to pray, ask, and listen for God’s direction. It takes faith to rest in God. It requires being still and to consider our ways.
- Reflect on God’s goodness. I look back and reflect on how God dealt with me in the past. When God works in my life, He transforms me into the likeness of Christ. If I had turned to God or scripture first, I could have avoided a lot of pain and heartache. God’s Word is the best way to find direction for the path we should go. God is good to forgive us when we lose our way. My favorite go-to verse is, “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” (Psalm 116:7 NIV).
- Renew hopes and dreams. My hardest struggle is between flesh and spirit. I want to plan out every detail about my hopes and dreams instead of trusting God. The Bible tells us, His thoughts are nothing like our thoughts and His ways are far beyond anything we can imagine. (Isaiah 55:8 NLT). Rest in God knowing He is in control of our future.
Take advantage of the cold days this winter, not as an inactive time, but a season to trust the One who has our best interest at heart.
When was the last time you nourished your body, soul, or spirit?
How do you think your life would change if you took more downtime and focused on God’s way? Please comment on what you like to do when it’s too cold to go outside.