A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace. -Elizabeth Elliot
Happy New Year, everyone! Although Christmas is over, winter has only begun. January welcomed us with some snow and sun, both of which have been sparse around here lately. There is so much beauty to be found in this season. The snow brings such warmth to my heart for the winter. While there is much to look forward to in the warmer seasons, let us not grow weary of the cold, but warm ourselves with things the Lord provides.
I suppose it is easy to see the bare, cold side of winter and sigh. What good is the warmth without the cold winter to remind us of its sweetness? And if we are able to embrace what this season offers, we might notice the tiny pauses of delight when we begin to slow down and sink deep into the heart of winter.
Keep a quiet heart and try to ignore the forecast.
Only the colder months seem to lend us more time indoors to focus on things we need to do. During the winter, I am content to spend my time reading, playing board games, tidying my home, learning how to knit, creating new content, and spending quiet time with God. Although, each home life is quite different. Whatever awaits us, winter reminds us to slow down and engage every moment with purpose.
“She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.” – Proverbs 31:21
The season of winter encourages us to nurture our hearts and home. It’s a chance to take in nourishment from foods that strengthen and warm us within—an opportunity to apply nourishment to enrich our skin and combat the cold winds. I recently ran out of my homemade body butter, which has been a staple of my mine for years now. And I love to use oils infused with dry leaves such as lavender, chamomile, or calendula. But if you don’t have any of these on hand, no worries; essential oils work great too. For more details about this recipe, click here.
My husband and I both tend to the work needed to be done in the home, so I’m not tackling it all by myself. I do a lot of the cleaning and organizing while he cooks the meals and handles home projects such as creating storage space. Some of the to-dos have been crossed off our list, but we are always inspired to add something new to the list. Willing hands help to lighten the work and make it fun.
I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to and how we will spend the rest of winter here at our home.
What are you up to this winter? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
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