Consider Your Ways

on January 27, 2019

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

14 thoughts on “Consider Your Ways”

  1. Ashley Walls says:

    Great article Linda. I struggle with the cold myself. Just don’t like it at all. I tend to hibernate. Funny thing is, recently I had a chance to visit Big Bear Lake in California. It was freezing. Temps in the teens during the day. But I loved it. The snow and the mountains were so majestic and awe inspiring. Funny how a change in scenery can change your perspective.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for commenting, Ash,
      I’m looking forward to hearing your story about your adventures in California.

  2. Good article Linda. I live in a resting place regardless of the seasons. I have to admit that winter is not my favorite.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Good to hear from you, Eglaide, You have conquered the discipline to rest. For some, talking about me, it’s a struggle. I have to depend on the Lord to help me.

  3. Nancy says:

    Good article! I love the snow as long as it is here for no more than 2 days and I don’t have to get out in it! Lol I like the warm weather best, not blazing hot but warm! Miss and Love You!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Hi Nancy,
      I hear you girl! It made my day to get your comment.
      Take care and stay warm.

  4. Diane S Clark says:

    Delightful article, Linda. Some of us need to be encouraged or coerced to rest! THANKS for your advice and encouragement.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I understand, Diane. I’m spinning my wheels at the same time I’m resting.

  5. Diane S Clark says:

    Balance is my struggle and usually I have two speeds: Full blast or stop/napping. Recovery from this car accident has been a whole new discipline as I’m unable to do too much…just what I can and rest. LOVE your encouragement.

  6. ari ramos says:

    Your opening paragraph says so much about your amazing attitude! Love reading your blog!!!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Butterfly, you’re the one with an amazing attitude and a smile as big as Texas. Thanks, for the comment, it blessed my heart!

  7. Ann Kling says:

    As always, you have can say so much in a few words. Excellent article. Keep it up.
    Not only does the planet have seasons but we too have seasons in our lives. I happen to be in a very busy season but quite satisfying to be helping CUMI ministry develop its school of ministry. Bless you, dear friend.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You have taught me so much, Ann. Wherever I go, part of you goes with me. No matter how busy we are or what season we are in, when you and I get together it’s like we haven’t been apart.

  8. Diane Clark says:

    The head needs rest as well as the body…LOL!

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