It’s February. It’s been a hard winter. A counselor once told me that February is his busiest month as people wrestle with the short days, cold weather, and sense of isolation. Let’s combat all that this week in two ways: sit with Jesus and choose activities to feed all the parts of your life.
At some point this week, read Mark 13 in preparation for next week’s sermon. Sit with Jesus and ask him to speak what you most need to hear from the passage.
Day 1: Read 1 Corinthians 16:9-10.
Physical--Get moving for 30 minutes. Take a walk at the mall. Bundle up and walk outside. Find an exercise video online and do it in your home. Just move -- as quickly as you are able for 30 minutes.
Day 2: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Emotional—Spend today looking for the good. At each mealtime, think of, say out loud or write down 3 things you are thankful for. It can be as small as a favorite cup and as large as changing seasons. Be creative and get your brain practicing positive thoughts.
Day 3: Read Hebrews 19:24-25.
Social—Do something with a friend today—or make plans to do something this week. Think of a way to be an encouragement to that friend.
Day 4: Read Proverbs 1:7.
Mental—Is there a topic you’ve been thinking about or a problem bothering you? Find an online article or a book and spend 30 minutes reading today to get your brain learning.
Day 5: Read Proverbs 17:22.
Fun—pick something you really like to do and do it today! Smile, be present not feeling guilty about things you are not doing, and relax.
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