By this point in January I always begin to suspect that the date on the calendar must be wrong because I’m fairly certain that they’ve added at least twenty days to this month. Every year it feels sooooo long and every year this feeling seems to take me by surprise for some reason. Maybe it’s because I’ve had eleven months to try and forget about it.
We’ve been experiencing a prolonged string of very dark, gloomy days with only the occasional brief glimpse of the sun.
So, I decided that I would unashamedly keep garland on my mantels a bit longer.
And I’m very grateful that I decided to go with a more winter-y theme to my entry because it required literally no changes to be made once the overtly Christmas decorations were packed up.
The soft colors and textures with just a little bit of sparkle are perfect for this time of the year.
The greenery stayed on the mantel in the family room too and having the twinkling lights come on when we are starting the day while it still looks like it’s the middle of the night outside makes it just a tad less painful.
The hot cocoa station remains on this table just beyond the kitchen and I’m still refilling the jar of marshmallows for those in the family who take advantage of this winter treat being available for a bit longer.
The other day, I shared in my social media communities that I’ve been finding that my spirit is matching the dreary weather much more than I would like. My heart feels heavy.
There is a great deal of darkness (literally and figuratively) around us and I have several dear friends dealing with very difficult situations.
In these times of ‘winter’ in my soul, I have to be even more intentional about choosing to keep my focus on the things that I can control and release to the Lord the things that I can’t.
I set about making my house feel as cozy as possible.
I relish and savor the sunshine whenever it dares to peek through the clouds.
I gather inspiration for warmer weather projects.
And, most importantly, I rest in the comfort of the sovereignty of my Heavenly Father knowing that my ways are not His ways.
“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work…” Job 37:5-7
Blessings to you today friend,