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  • Writer's pictureAnne Williams

Lincoln Nebraska in January

I visited Lincoln in January. That, in itself, was my first mistake. I figured it wouldn't be much colder than home - Lincoln is only three hours north. But I did pack a coat, winter hat, scarf, and gloves (mostly because my momma trained me up right and taught me to always have extra layers in case you get stranded on the side of the road. There's always a water bottle and a granola bar handy, for the same reason). My first day, I spent most of my first day inside, not noticing what the weather was doing at all. But when it came time to leave the conference and head out for dinner I realized I had made a massive mistake, leaving my coat, hat, and scarf in the hotel room.

I thought I was overreacting a little, after all it had been around 30℉ back home. After running (yes, RUN. NING.) back to my car after dinner, I pulled my phone out to check the weather app and it read 4℉. All I wanted was that hat, scarf, and coat that were back in my hotel doing nothing helpful.

I think this is one of the most painful things to watch - when someone has what they need but they refuse to use it. Are there resources available to you that you leave sitting on the table? Things that could help elevate your life, bring you peace, healing, strength, motivation?

Scripture that encourages

Podcasts that cause you to pull over to the side of the road with emotion

Meditation apps to quiet your ratcheted up mind

TedTalks from fascinating leaders

Reuniting rituals with loved ones that create safe attachment

Music that transports you to another place

Yoga by Adrienne - don't miss this on youtube dot com

There is a lot out there. Sometimes we need God to make wine out of water. Sometimes, though, we just need God to reveal to us that there is plenty of wine right before our eyes.

I know, I know, we can't predict the future, we can't see what we don't know we're about to face - I didn't know it was going to be that cold or I would have made sure to have what I needed. But you better believe I didn't leave behind my winter gear the next morning. What do you need to add to your bag tonight?

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Sally Morgan Smith
Sally Morgan Smith
Feb 19, 2020

As always, I loved your message! You are so thoughtful & thought-provoking! This message particularly hit home for me -I desperately need to do a better job of reaching out to find what I need for this time in my life!

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