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Oh, January (my lament)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014













Oh January, you are so very cold.  

So I'm kind of in a winter funk.  No motivation, no inspiration for the new year ahead, hungover from the holidays, and just wanting to sort of hibernate with my family.  This happens to me every January.  While many people get refreshed with the new year, I sort of get stifled for some reason.  I get burned out on social media and my creative tank is just dry. 

I'm seeking God's promises this week that He's working things out for my good.  And I'm honestly okay with stepping into the new year quietly and slowly.  It's okay to sit still for a bit.  And wait to decipher what God has for me in 2014 before jumping in to quickly with my own plans.  My own plans can be so deafening and self-seeking. And as Bethany Dillon sings, "Lord, You can do more in my waiting, than in my doing I could do."  It's so true.


And while many people get a rush of inspiration in January, my rush doesn't usually come until Spring.  Winter is such a metaphorically dorment season for me.  It's more a time of stillness and sowing.  Springtime, on the other hand, brings harvest and productivity and new life.  I literally defrost - both physically and creatively.

So until then, I'm just going to lean into it -- this dorment, bone-chilling winter.  With some good music, good books, hot baths, thermal socks, and approximately seventeen layers of blankets.  I will sow some seeds and rest.  The stillness of Winter always makes way for the beauty of Spring.


Listening to this sweet song this week....

Goodmorning by William Fitzsimmons on Grooveshark


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9 comments:

  1. winter can certainly do that to one. but it's also good to hibernate and take in everything. so enjoy laying back and taking in the rest of winter!

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    1. Thanks Leah! So true. I am just going to embrace hibernation! :)

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  2. winter can certainly do that to one. but it's also good to hibernate and take in everything. so enjoy laying back and taking in the rest of winter!

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  3. Me too! Me too! Winter drains me and makes me feel tired. And this cold.. what is it with this cold?.. it's not helping. Spring is coming though! Until then, I echo the thermal socks, hot baths, good books and lots of blankets!

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to more music that I love!! My husband always says to embrace a feeling, even if it's not a favorite feeling. Pushing it away will just bring it in all the harder. So yes, lean into this. Be dormant and enjoy the luxuries of a cold winter day. :) Good music, good books. You got it girl.

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    1. You introduce me to music that I love too, yay! I love your husband's advice. And it's something that has seemed a bit easier to put into practice as I get older. The leaning in. Thanks for your helpful words. :)

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  5. Such gorgeous photos. Hope your week is going well. xoxo

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  6. I've been meaning to reply to this for a while now, but for the first time in many January's I feel exactly how you feel. And it felt so comforting to read your words and hear/be reminded that God works in the stillness and the silence. Even thought inspiration is not bursting forth this month, like it is for others, that's perfectly wonderful. Thank you Bri! Looking forward to more of your words this year!

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