. Posted in 2013 Lenten Readings

For those of us who live here in New England, we know the meaning of cold and winter. We winterize our homes, our cars and even our wardrobes. We have wintery spiritual lives, too, and we need to winterize our souls, as well.

We can guard against some of the things that make the cold of our winter so intense.

First...We can use God's Word to keep the world's cold from seeping into our souls. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” [Psalm 119:11 10] Second...icicles can form around our hearts after days or weeks or months of working with a difficult problem. We need to step back and remember who God is, and who we are not. “Be still and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10]

Third... Winter can bring blizzards, and circumstances in our lives can be just that devastating. Once again, we need to remember God...that he sees where we are headed and is with us all the way. “But he knoweth the way that l take; when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." [Job 23:10]

Fourth...Like Jack Frost nipping at our heels on icy winter days, depression can be nipping at our spirits. There is no easy way out of depression, but keeping our lives in tune with God can help guard against it. “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud and he shall hear my voice." [Psalm 55:17]


- As Christians, we can prepare for our spiritual winters.

Non-perishable food-Scripture. Have some things on hand to sustain you through. Memorized Scriptures can help more than anything. Just a phrase of Scripture to hold in the dead of our winter can be a great comfort to us. Extra Blanket and Warm Clothing-The Warmth of Fellowship. When our trials come, how much more do we need the fellowship of our family and friends? Having fellowship with other believers strengthens us. We need their love, support and prayers. It becomes real warmth to us.

- Drinking water-Christ the Living Water. Bottled water is a winter emergency must. Relying on Christ and His Word will keep us from a parched existence. Drink in his love, his promises, his blessings, and his strength.

- Emergency Candles and/or Flashlights- God's Guidance. Power outages are common in the winter, so we need these emergency light sources. God's power never fails, and his light is always there for us to follow. We find that light in His word, in the caring gestures of our friends and fellow Christians, in the telephone calls, the cards and the hugs that are given so freely during our trials.

CONCLUSION. We all have spiritual winters in our lives, but choosing how we prepare for them and deal with them can make all the difference in the world.


(Adapted from a Julian Bettencourt "Creative ladies Ministries" devotional.)

Submitted by Jane English




All of my animals mean so much to me! I am so thankful for them. Every time I hold or pet them I think of Go and how thankful I am that He created them, and gave me the opportunity to have them as pets. I love them with all my heart and wouldn’t trade them for the world.

Submitted by Sarah Caramanica