It is not the high summer alone that is God’s. The winter also is His. And into His winter
He came to visit us. And all man’s winters are His — the winter of our poverty, the winter
of our sorrow, the winter of our unhappiness — even “the winter of our discontent.”
— George MacDonald, Adela Cathcart
ON THE NIGHTSTAND
I still haven’t read since the summer and fall, so my nightstand is contains a stack of dust collectors. But there is a December devotional written by staff members at my church, and that’s getting some use. One day I’ll be motivated to read again. For now, the books just sit and taunt me.
I AM LOVING
The cooler temperatures, though it’s not yet been truly cold enough for me. I love Christmas, too, and find great joy in watching classic holiday movies and current TV specials, as well as playing Christmas CDs for hours on end. Beyond the holidays, I very much enjoy the bare look of the world. It reminds me of a blank canvas, and I love that this is how new years begin — a clean slate upon which to build something new and better.
HOW DOES WINTER INSPIRE?
I seem to be most creative in winter. Perhaps this is due to its beginning at Christmas or maybe it has something to do with new year beginnings, but I find myself inspired to make things. I look for ways to give handmade gifts, and I try to create tangible items that tell my stories. It’s the creative things that make me feel most alive and useful.
ONE ITEM IN MY WINTER WARDROBE THAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
I live for boot season. Simple as that!
THE PERFECT WINTER MEAL
Interestingly, I crave salads in the winter instead of the warm months. I don’t know why, unless it’s because they’re less common, but I seem to want cold, crisp Caesar salads every other week throughout the colder season. But I also love the soups and casseroles that come with winter. I don’t think there’s a perfect meal for me, though. Not in winter, anyway.
CONSTANTS IN MY CURRENT DAYS
Gifts, gifts, and making gifts, plus the occasional movie or two. Still job-hunting, but it’s nice to have a new focus for a while. Extra time with family has also been pretty nice, too.
THE STORY BEHIND TODAY’S PHOTO
Part of why I love this season are the lights and the tinsel decorating town. It makes me happy to see everything around me all sparkly and bright! This past Friday, after the traditional viewing of a Narnia film with K2, we saw this line of trees marking the path out of the parking lot. My heart soared as we watched them dance in the breeze and cause the lights to twinkle in their movement. I remarked how “alive” they looked when the wind carried them. With the lights bringing attention to each limb, it was as if these trees were dancing, as if they were just waiting to break loose for a little party of their own. I wish I’d taken a video. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen all year. I couldn’t help but think of Fangorn Forest.
this list was borrowed from this joy+ride and is used to mark the quarterly milestones of my years