The holiday season has come to an end. The decorations might already be packed away. The house seems quiet and barren without all of the colorful decorations, let alone the family and friends that filled the house throughout the holiday season. The family members have packed up and headed out. You feel a sense of emptiness after such a time of celebration. The winter blues have set in. What is one to do?
Find Solace in the Winter Blues
The quietude of January is a wonderful time to appreciate some one-on-one time with God. It is a great time to reacquaint ourselves with prayer. Engaging in conversation with God can change the winter blues into a winter wonderland of discovery. Through prayer, we can learn more about God and about ourselves. Treasures of information await us, just like the contents of a good book. Speaking of good books, when was the last time you opened your Bible?
If you really want God to speak to your heart, then opening the Bible to read a favorite passage is a good place to start. God’s Word is uplifting, inspiring and edifying.
- Are you like me, struggling to trust that God will provide? Then open your Bible to Matt 6:25-34, and hear what He has to say to you.
- Do you feel lonely, anxious, and/or worried? Then open your Bible to 1 Peter 5:7 and read God’s Word of consolation.
- Might you be troubled about things in general? Then open your Bible to John 14:27 and receive Christ’s Peace.
How to find it in the Bible
Not sure where to start? Or how to find the passages of consolation on a specific topic you have in mind? I have found that if I “Google” it online, with the phrase “in Bible” after it, I am brought to a page that provides the best linkages to where I can find the passages in the Bible. Using the three examples above, I googled “Dependence on God,” “loneliness in Bible,” and “troubled in Bible” and found these excellent passages to reference. Give it a try with whatever is on your mind. You’ll find God waiting for you on the other end. Have that conversation with Him. Tell Him what is on your mind, and find your solace in the Winter Blues.