Summer is Gone: When Winter Settles Over Your Soul
Summer is gone. I don’t like to see it go—or even more, I don’t like what comes next: the arrival of winter. I dread the cold, snow, ice, and wearing coats. I’d live in sandals all year round if I could. That’s not possible in New England. So what do you do when winter settles over your soul?
It helps to remember that the winter season doesn’t last forever.
Even though I enjoyed summer this year, I felt as though I was entering a winter season of the soul. Fatigue and writer’s block fed my uncertainty of when it would pass. I wrote less, blogged less, and felt crumby for it. I was in a time of less, rather than more—maybe even a time of pruning.
Have you been there?
I think I am still there.
Rather than jumping into new projects, I repurposed articles to create free downloads to offer on my website. That felt good – to be creative and refine some words to further benefit readers. But, I still feel like I need to be refreshed—reset to offer something new.
Need A Selah Moment?
This is the crux of my message to myself as well as to you: we need to be refreshed in order to offer more of ourselves. We can’t pour out of an empty vessel.
In the time of waiting, listening, and pruning, God is doing something new in us. He is pressing the reset button—to pause. Because we all need a selah-moment.
I’m still pausing. And, yes, in some ways it’s frustrating because I want to DO something. But in order to be true to myself and my feelings lately, I need to surrender to it.
This season won’t last forever
It helps to remember this season won’t last forever. In the meantime, I will watch to see what God is doing around me. Maybe there will be clues. I will journal my thoughts and listen to what He is saying through His word.
How about you…what season are you experiencing? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Remember, winter bursts forth into spring,
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