A Thankful Heart in Winter

Winter can be unbearable at times. Sometimes caught up in my own self-pity, I complain to myself in an embittered attitude.  My toes freeze, my hands are red and chapped, my nose always turns an embarrassing shade of red, and I am just miserable.  Notice the pattern?  It’s all about me.  I tend to feel sorry for myself, brew a bad attitude, and blame it on the winter months.

SnowFlowerBut didn’t God make winter? God created snow.  God planned for New Hampshire to be cold.  And God put me here in this northern state!  In God’s Word a man, while suffering in prison, was inspired to write; “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content”.  (Philippians 4:11b ESV)  Consider the situations you are in.  Are you always content?

To inspire myself to be more content during this winter time, I wrote a thank you prayer in my prayer journal:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the breathtaking spectacle of icy trees against a snowy winter’s background. Thank you for magical, sparkling, patterned miracles that you create to fall from the sky.  I give you thanks for all the winter fun you allow us to have, for cozy book reading by the fire, as well as delicious hot cocoa and friends to share happy times with.  Thank you also for Your beautiful winter birds; for cheerful Chickadees, perky little Tufted Titmice, White-Breasted Nuthatches, and the other birds who brighten up a winter’s gray sky. Please help me to be thankful for everything you give to me more often.  Amen.

Perhaps we can learn to be more thankful this winter? Think of all the beauty that winter brings!  There is nothing like gratitude to blow away a bitter attitude!

Even if the winter times are hard, don’t forget God’s wonderful promise of spring! Song of Solomon 2:11-12 says, “For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”  Spring will come!  And until then, we must remain faithful in our praise and contentment before the Lord.

Contributed by: Valerie Mitchel

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