Natural Seasons

Present with us: A Winter Devotional

Winter can be a time of withdrawal, a time of isolation, a time of hibernation.

We often experience winter as a time that we just want to be over, to get out of. We are looking forward to the sun and so we neglect to see the beauty in the rain.

Of course, as we have seasons in nature so we have seasons in life.

I have found that these spiritual winters are often when God feels most distant. It is in this season that I tend to view him as a passive God watching from far away.

So, I have written this devotional series using the Psalms as a reminder of how he is present with us in those winter seasons, even when we can feel that he is so very far away.

Present with us – A Winter Devotional
Present with us – The Emotional Father
Present with us – The Protective Father
Present with us – The Healing Father
Present with us – The Guiding Father
Present with us – The Ever Present Father

The Quiet Rites of Spring

When the weather warms and the rains ease we are often relieved that the dreary days of winter have passed, and we want to launch into the new season with enthusiasm. We want to declutter all the rooms, and tackle all the projects in the remaining months left to us in the year.

Yet we need to remember that spring is a season of transition. It is a season for some more gentle rites, that are essential both in nature and in our lives for growth to occur. These quiet rites of spring are breaking the ground, sowing the seeds, watering well and tending to the plant.

Join me as I reflect on this quieter approach to this season.