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Goodbye, January…

I’m not a fan of the cold. In the south you have two types of people–people who love the snow and cold and people who don’t. Sure, with MS I prefer being chilly over getting overheated but I’m one of those people who loves the holidays and then immediately wants it to be spring after Christmas.

And I hate flu season. Since diagnosis I’ve been terrified every flu season. I’ve somehow managed to avoid it (KNOCK-ON-WOOD), but this season is out of control. And I’m imagining symptoms left and right and popping vitamin C like candy. I have two bottles of germx on my desk at work and a can of Lysol that I use every chance I get.

January is my least favorite month. The busy and fun of the Christmas season is over and it’s cold and we are usually on diets and tightening our budget and it can be a bit depressing…

But something was different about this January. For the first time, I looked at my empty calendar and found joy. I truly appreciated the cold and snowy weekends when we stayed bundled up in the house. I loved refocusing my diet and detoxing from the slips I had in December. I delighted in working on our family budget and planning for the months ahead. I let my soul rest. And I feel recharged and ready to run into 2018 and embrace what God has in store.

I am one of those people who thrives on being busy and juggling many things at once, but I think it’s so important to find moments to rest.

Psalm 127:1-2 (Msg) says, “If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?”

God loves it when we rest in Him.

Is your heart weary tonight? Are you exhausted? Stretched thin? Empty? Turn off the noise. Turn off the screens. Go somewhere quiet and just turn off the world. Ask God to meet you right there. Pray for peace and rest for your heavy heart. Find heavenly rest tonight, my friend. I’m praying you wake refreshed and ready for a new month and a fabulous 2018.

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