Saturday, January 05, 2013

Hope for the winter blues


This is the time of year I like the least. The holidays are over, the last presents have been opened, family has returned to their homes and the decorations have been packed safely away. I know it's coming and I try to avoid it by keeping busy, planning my flower beds and yes, dreaming of a sunny warm destination.


but then it hits, the Winter Blues!


What is it about this time of year that makes people sad and more depressed than the other months? Seasonal affective disorder is a diagnosed psychological disorder that affects many individuals during the holiday season with its colder weather, shorter days and dark mornings. Animals even act differently in the cold seasons as well. They tend to eat and sleep more as do humans. People do not like darkness but desire sunlight and their bodies need it physically and psychologically. When combined with the stress of interrupted routines overloaded with tasks and long shopping lists and limited budgets, it is no wonder that this season is known for the highest suicide rates. Human beings were made to live in the light! We are Children of the Light! Have you been getting enough “Light” to satisfy your soul? We cannot change the weather conditions of the world but we can change the spiritual condition of our soul. Maybe all we need today is a dose of the Light of God’s Love to cure those winter blues.


I Thessalonians 5:5 (NLT)
For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.

I am claiming this verse, putting the blues behind and looking forward to a new day and a new year.
May your New Year be filled with light and God's love!

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10 comments:

  1. I did more walking than usual on Friday, it was blustery cold but bright and sunny, and I really enjoyed feeling the sun, not too much heat, of course, but it was wonderful. I am going to walk outside every sunny day this winter. Happy New Year. xo

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    1. That sounds like a good plan. The sun always lifts my spirits.Enjoy your walks!

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  2. Hi; visiting from Spiritual Sundays. :)

    You nailed this one for me; once the holidays are over and the "darkness" sets in it can really be depressing and unmotivating! But so true what you said, "all we need today is a dose of the Light of God’s Love to cure those winter blues." He can cure even the darkest days! :)

    Blessings and love,
    Denise

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  3. This is my least favorite time of year also. Thank you for sharing these verses and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  4. Dear sweet Annette, What a blessing you are! I laid in bed late this morning...talking to God. Feeling the depression setting in. Praying for my family. When I finally got up, I still felt "flat". I've been looking out the windows all morning...it's dreary outside, and inside. The verse you shared just gave me a boost. Instead of sitting here filling up with the blues, I should be filling up with The Word. The SON always lifts my spirits!!! Enjoy your day.
    xxoo

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  5. I found myself falling into the January Blahs this past week....love the verses you shared here that remind us of the heavenly light that is always with us. God bless your 2013!

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  6. It really helps me to get some sunshine whenever I can. I think it makes a difference in my granddaughter's mood, too! I am most thankful for the SON!

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  7. My daddy will tell you his favorite day is the longest day of the year and the shortest. (Shortest because he knows each day will get lighter.) So thankful for the light that Jesus shines in our hearts--keeps the blahs away.

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  8. I hope you get lots of sunshine this winter until the warmer temps arrive! I think what you are experiencing is common however I experience just the opposite. Fall and Winter are my favorite months. I tend to get "blue" as things begin to turn to spring. It's weird I know. Everyone loves spring, but for me, it's the toughest time of the year. I'm thankful we have a God who is consistent through all of it!

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