Hibernation

I want to find myself a nice bear cave and snuggle up to a warm grizzly for a few months right around the same time every year. Winter has been a hard season for me the last few years, and I attribute it to my daily winter routine:

Get up.
Wipe off car in the freezing cold.
Go to work inside all day.
Leave work.
Wipe off car in the freezing cold.
Go home and stay inside all night.
No sun.
No clean walking trails.
No bike paths or water or warm, sun-bathed benches in the park.
A lot of dead stuff everywhere.

So I might as well sleep it off.

When I'm stuck in a rut spiritually and seem to lack the joy and energy to learn new truths and pour into others, I want to retreat, as well. I want to pull my knees into my chest and tell God, "I'm dull right now, and I'm not gonna be useful to anybody, so just let me have a little pity party for myself until you decide to bring in the sunshine."

Um, hello, my soul?! Who are you talking to? The Redeemer of empty lives, the Comforter of afflicted hearts, the Healer of broken minds, the Giver of all good gifts.

Psalm 61 sets up a new daily routine for the heart numb in the cold of winter:

Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
 from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.

1) Cry out to God when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,
 for you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the enemy.
 Let me dwell in your tent forever!
    Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah

2) Remind myself Who God is and where I can rest and find strength.

 For you, O God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

3) Remind myself who I am as His child and servant.

 Prolong the life of the king;
    may his years endure to all generations!
 May he be enthroned forever before God;
    appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

4) Ask God to bless me with the joy of His presence.

 So will I ever sing praises to your name,
    as I perform my vows day after day.

5) Bless the Lord, O my soul! (Psalm 103)
No matter where my heart is, I need to keep praising God because He's always worthy.

So often attitude follows action. When I set up my day to do what God wants me to do, my mind to think what He wants me to think (Philippians 4:8), and my heart to praise Him and thank Him in all circumstances, I will change. He will transform my mind (Romans 12:1-2) and fill me with joy (Psalm 4:7) and equip me with strength to love others in His name.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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