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How to Thrive in Your Siberia

5 Tips That I Learned the Hard Way

Elizabeth Welsh

I learned several lessons about thriving in "Siberia," whether it was the literal region or the state of my soul. The following tips helped.

1. Live moment by moment in the power of the Holy Spirit.

"If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25).

2. Develop a grateful heart.

A grateful heart is a healthy heart. "In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

3. Desire God's will more than your own.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2).

4. Listen for God to call you by name in the darkness.

"I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name" (Isaiah 45:3).

5. Be willing to go wherever He sends you.

Pray for God to send workers into His harvest, and then be willing to go wherever He sends you, whether it's next door or around the world.

"Then [Jesus] said to His disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest'" (Matthew 9:37, 38).

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