9. Practice spiritual disciplines.
During the other times of year, the busyness of life can crowd out the ability to measure and progress on our spiritual journeys. But during the winter we can make the time stuck indoors more productive. Choose two or three new spiritual disciplines to incorporate into your life. You can choose to fast weekly from meals, or you can try a media fast or fast from a favorite activity. Now is a perfect time to start a journal to write down what you feel God is saying to you through Scripture. You can also spend time daily or weekly in silence and solitude. Commit to memorize one verse a week from the Bible. If that’s too much, at least challenge yourself to read a different translation of the Word as part of your Bible study.
10. Exercise indoors
While many of us hate the gym, the gym can be used as a way to push yourself toward better overall health. Hire a trainer and let them create workouts and nutrition plans that push you toward a healthier body. You can also purchase home gym equipment so you can work out in the privacy of your basement or other room in the house. You might be able to sneak in a workout while binge watching your favorite show. Who knew watching TV could lead to a better body and closer to your health goals?
For most of us, we dread winter because of the sore throats, freezing toes and time indoors. But winter doesn’t have to be boring; it can actually be a time to look forward to. By practicing the suggestions above, you can have a productive winter, one that will improve your life in more ways than you might think.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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