I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (or hot or cold) I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:11-13
Growing up in Ohio, Michigan and North Dakota I learned the meaning of cold and winter. Of course, I didn’t truly understand it until I grew up and moved to Florida. Now that I’m back in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this winter, I can barely stand the cold when the temperatures drop below zero. When I was young it was normal to wear several layers of clothing and be bundled up so much you couldn’t move, see Dad dig out driveways of snow, scrape ice off the car, and do all the other things that go along with snow, ice, and winter.
In our spiritual lives, we all have “winters” too and we have to winterize for them in order to face them like we have to face a -22F day. When winter comes to west Michigan it’s a long stretch of bleak and dreary days. It really is a winter trial. Just like the season, our spiritual “winters” can leave us discouraged, lonely, and depressed.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some ways we can winterize and guard ourselves against the winter blahs.
When we are going through trials and hardships, we sometimes tend to let our guard down and it’s so easy for worldly influences to take over in our lives. It seeps through the cracks around the doors and windows just like cold winter air. It may be the influence of unbelievers, music, or worldly thinking. It can work overtime on us as we deal with daily stresses.
We’ve got to dig out the caulk and weather stripping and block those cracks and holes. Using God’s Word is the best way to do this. If we have it in our hearts, it can help stop the winter air of the world from seeping into our lives.