Those Extra Lean Winter Blues

For us, winter is a lean time financially. You know the drill. It’s cold. So the furnace and heaters run more. So the electric bill goes way up. For my husband, overtime at work slows down cuz the holidays are past. We’re in the off season for the Market, so a lot of the “extra” income is dried up.

All this after the expense of Christmas. Which, we keep Christmas buying toned down and aren’t afraid to shop thrift stores for gifts, but still. It adds up, and it’s extra out-go right before the extra lean winter blues time comes.

There’s a need for lean times. Lean times are hard. But they can be good too. How’s that?

They force you out of your comfort zone.

They force you to look higher for help.

They force you to pull together in your marriage and as a family.

They force you to find inventive ways to make do.

They force you to not take things for granted.

They force you to suffer.

How in the world is suffering good?!

For all the same reasons that leanness is good.

You know, all of life is about suffering. It’s time to grow up. You can’t escape all the things you don’t want to have to deal with. That’s not how this world works. You don’t get to feel good every day. You don’t get to have things go easily every day. You don’t get to do everything you want to do. You don’t get to have everybody like you. Life isn’t about making you happy and having it easy. It’s about learning to be the person you were created to be—whatever the situation. Comfortable.. or, challenging.

Suffering lean times remind us that we’re able to handle much more than we think we can.

Suffering reminds us that there’s hope around the corner. You know….. the sunshine ALWAYS comes out after a stretch of bad weather.

Every. Time. 🧡

“In this world you shall have distress and pressure. But be happy. The world has been overcome.” -Jesus

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