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Life is not always blue skies and rainbows. Some seasons are particularly tough – cold, dark, and lonely. And it’s especially in these seasons that we need regular and meaningful touchpoints throughout our days. 

Of course, difficult seasons are just part of life. And these challenges don’t necessarily mean that we’re somehow blowing it. We accept these necessary sufferings and allow them to do their refining work in our life. 

At the same time, wisdom reminds us to have many meaningful touchpoints throughout these seasons. 

For instance, this might be good conversations with a friend, a moment to reconnect with the beauty of nature, or simply playing with our dog at the park. 

Whatever it looks like, a meaningful touchpoint is anything that allows us to recenter our souls to what is true, good, and beautiful in life – immersing ourselves once again in God’s reality. And, as such, these touchpoints serve as a lifeline for our weary souls during rough seasons and beyond.

To be sure, it’s easy to dismiss these small moments. But this leaves us either trying to power through the storms of life in our own strength or otherwise giving up and letting despair take us out. Neither approach is kind or helpful. 

On the other hand, regular touchpoints allow us to weather the storm while staying grounded. This is not hyper-focusing on our struggles, nor is it ignoring them. It’s simply keeping in touch with a larger reality beyond our present difficulties.

Our underlying anger, hopelessness, and even just being restless are often good indicators of being out of touch. 

In the end, patiently endure the dark and difficult seasons of life. But don’t neglect your need for regular and meaningful touchpoints throughout. These keep your soul grounded in reality and anchored in hope. 

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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