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That time of year is just around the corner. The leaves have fallen off the trees, the warm weather has vanished, our plants and flowers have died and we have turned on our heat. The cold has set in and the chaos of the holiday season has began to enslave us.

In the past, I have often looked at the upcoming winter with dread; however, I find that there is a new perspective in my heart this year as I have been enlightened to the joy that comes along with the frigid season that awaits us.

What joy could possibly be found in the long winter months?

Traffic jams?

Financial stress? High heating bills?

Fighting our way through department stores looking for the years hottest Christmas item?

We are all in over drive this time of year, aren’t we?

Maybe we are missing the point of winter all together.

In our culture, when this time of year comes around we go into rush mode. We are running around from event to event. From shopping mall to shopping mall.

This is the time of year to SLOW down. The time to stay in. The time of year to relax and replenish. Just observe your backyard. You’ll notice that you’ll find few animals, because they are all hibernating. You’ll also notice the trees have become quiet. The birds no longer sing nor do the leaves dance with the wind. It’s almost like they’re asleep, isn’t it? Maybe creation is telling us something. Maybe God is telling us something. The earth around us is clearly whispering something in our ears.

This winter I encourage you to stay in more. Relax more. Sleep in more. Go to bed earlier. Snuggle up with your children on the couch and read a book. Cuddle up to your wife next to a warm fire on those cold winter nights.

Slow down.

Nature around us is taking a break. Maybe we should too?

And when that first spring day comes around, and the warm sun hits your face, may your newly regenerated self leap forward and ignite with energy as you embrace the changing season.

By Shawn Ozbun

www.myupsidedownlife.com

www.shawnozbun.com

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Comment by Sutton Parks on November 23, 2010 at 10:42am
I love this message! I also think slowing down and getting more rest will help people avoid the cold. Great post!

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