The kids cheered and giggled as they rounded the corner of the apartment hallway near me. Like most winter days I was walking my dog inside, trying to stay warm and away from the big frozen ice cube that had become the world outside.
Within seconds the kids ran past me — snow pants, mittens, hats and all — and burst through the door, where their winter wonderland adventure could finally begin.
They smiled and laughed as they catapulted white blobs into the air.
I looked at them and furrowed my forehead, feeling dazed and confused. As an adult, there’s something about seeing children play in the snow that makes it hard for me to believe I ever reacted to winter in the same way.
Because here’s the honest truth: I don’t like winter anymore.
When we moved to Minnesota back in 2014, I put on a brave face and feebly embraced it. In my mind, if we were going to be true Minnesotans, I had to at least make an effort. I drove to the second-hand sports store and bought some hockey gear and snow boots. I let my hockey-playing honey re-teach me how to skate. I agreed to a two-hour, outdoor engagement photo shoot in February (he proposed to me on an icy lake in January).
I was all in. And then, suddenly I wasn’t.
I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way I became a winter Grinch. I actually teared up when the first snowfall hit this year. And they weren’t tears of joy.
When I stepped outside, my thoughts immediately grew as cold as the temperatures outside.
So what’s a girl to do when she can’t seem to focus on anything but the negatives in life?
I’d love it if you’d join me over at iBelieve.com to read the rest of this post!
((As part of today’s post, I’ve written a bonus prayer to help us all keep our attitudes in check.)) Note: this is not included in my original post for iBelieve. This is a bonus to you, my dear reader!
Lord, I confess that sometimes I choose to focus on the negatives, instead of focusing on what you’ve called me to focus on. Help me take the words of Philippians 4:8 to heart. In every moment of every day, help me focus on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, so that my attitude may reflect and honor you. As I practice shifting my perspective, keep my heart from growing cold or bitter. Teach me to remember that I am not a slave to my negative emotions. Because of your Spirit, I can tell those emotions to be removed and turn my eyes to the things of you, instead. In Jesus’ name, amen.
It’s so interesting how our perspective on things change as we get older. Sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. I love how you turned this completely on it’s head and made it positive.
Marva | SunSparkleShine says
I can’t wait to read the rest of this, Lauren. Hopping over to iBelieve right now.
Amen. It’s so hard to not focus on the negatives, the things I could complain about, but that’s miserable … and it takes my eyes off of Jesus and His grace to us. I’ve been tempted actually to complain about not getting very much snow this winter here, but this was such a good reminder. Pray that I would have a good attitude about glorifying God no matter what!
Lori Schumaker says
Great post, my friend! I’m a Minnesota girl transported to sunny Arizona so I GET being over the winters! lol! They are BRUTAL! What solid advice, though, for keeping our thoughts on what is right and good ♥
Tiffany Parry says
Attitude checks are so necessary, and such a beautiful part of having honest relationship with God. It’s also the hard and humbling part, so there’s that too. 😉
Nicki Schroeder says
I love your heart and your prayer to help remind us to turn our frowns upside down! But honestly, Midwest girl here, winter is a bit harsh…so don’t be too hard on yourself! 🙂
Debbie Wicklund says
I just came across this today. Very timely for me. I too am not native to Minnesota but when I met online and married my Minnesota man almost 20 years ago, I had to move here from Florida. Yes, God does have a sense of humor. At first winter was fun, but now it just seems like a drag, just the icy or snowy roads/walkways. I don’t mind the cold. I fell on the ice four years ago, broke my ankle/leg & spent Christmas & New Year’s in a rehab center. Now this year I am battling cervical cancer & will spend Christmas & New Year’s near the U of M hospital so I can get radiation 5 days a week for 5-1/2 weeks. I trust the Lord to bring us through this & I’m not too scared, but I’m getting tired of putting on a smiling face so my friends/family don’t get worried or discouraged. So, I will take to heart this message you’ve written. I’m pretty sure the Lord had His hand in me seeing it.
Hi, dear Debbie. I’m so sorry to hear about the battle you are facing. Please know that I am praying for you!! You are not alone and you are loved so much!! God is with you, even now — especially now. XOXO
Love these … could u make them to be able to print them? Put in frames?
LaQueen Ellington says
It’s so encouraging to see how powerful God is and how he uses the very gifts he gives is to help others. How beutiful and divine it is that we as believers in God can use the World Wide Web to reach people all over the world! To God be the glory. Be blessed all of you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen