Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Got the Winter Blues?
Got the Winter Blues?
I find it is so easy to get into a funk or even a little bit of depression in the winter. I struggle with so little light in the evening, and if the house feels dark and quiet, it is prime time for the enemy to get me feeling lonely and for some reason I am so prone to reflect on the negative and my failures when it's too quiet and dark on long winter nights.
So, as someone who struggle with this myself, can I make a few suggestions that really help me?
1.) Pray. Seriously, get on your knees alone with the father, confess any sins you are harboring, tell Him you need His spirit, tell Satan to get behind you and geta big dose of love from your Heavenly Father. Get real with him, get open.
2.) Read the Christmas story in Luke, starting with Elizabeth's story. Advent is one of the most "feminine" times of the year if you think about it. The season is literally pregnant with the hope of the coming of a Savior. Reading Elizabeth's and Mary's journey, and the beauty and mystery of the second person of the Trinity becoming a child so that we might know Him and be saved.
3.) Light some candles around your house. Even if your house is a wreck and needs cleaning, light candles first! I find candle light is such a comfort during the winter, it brightens and warms all at the same time.
4.) Put on your favorite Christmas Music. Christ-centred carols are the best, but even the fun secular stuff like Bing Crosby and Perry Como can just warm up your mind and heart if you have fond memories associated with the old classics. Put it on right after you light all the candles.
5.) Put on a pot of Apple cider. Don't have apple cider in the house? Do what I do: Open a can of Apple juice, and put in a few cinnomin sticks (or even ground cinnomin if that's all you have), and make a pomander out of an orange and some cloves. NO cloves? Just cut the orange in half and stick it in. Have any cranberry juice around? Throw a dash of that in as well. Whatever it is, just get it warm and bubbly on the stovetop; the smell is so warm and comforting and makes any place feel like a home you want to be in.
6.) Clean your house. Not only will things being more clean make you more cheerful, but just the act of cleaning, being up and around and doing things, being active, will help chase away the winter blues. This can be the toughest one because if you are already feeling blue and cheerless, it can be hard to get started. But if you light the candled, put on CHristmas or your favorite worship music, and put that cider on, you'll be in the mood to make the house look as warm and homey as it smells and sounds.
House already clean? Then start a project of some sort, or get into cleaning a closet. Be active, do something that will feel like an accomplishment.
7.) Watch that silly video I made of me, Caleb, and our dog Stuart. If that doesn't give you a laugh, you are have a lump of coal for a heart. :)
Merry Christmas, ladies. I am praying today that none of us will allow the enemy to steal our joy at this precious time of year. We all struggle with it. But God is mightier than any seasonal blues.
Love you all!