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I have an announcement to make.  I’m done with the status quo.  I’m tired of living in fear of change, risk, rejection, terrorists, house fires, kidnappings, super germs, bed bugs… whatever.  I have decided henceforth to stretch the edges of my comfort zone outward.

Don’t laugh at what I’m about to tell you.  (OK, you can.  I won’t hear you.)  I actually drove in the snow.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Oooo, Wendi.  You are so daring!”  All right.  Maybe a little back story is in order.

I grew up in Montana.  Snow is a way of life there.  People just learn to cope with it.

But now I live in the South.

Southerners don’t care much for any kind of precipitation, especially the frozen stuff.  If there is even a threat of snow, school will be cancelled.  In all my years in Montana, I can remember school closing for snow twice.  Ever.  Now that I have lived here for over a decade, I have become a snow wimp. 

School was cancelled on Monday because of “inclement weather” (i.e., a teeny amount of snow).  Mondays are also when I have karate class.  I won’t miss karate class unless I’m …well… dead, so I had a choice to make: drive in snow, or miss class. 

Before you think I am outrageously anxious, I will tell you that one time in Montana, I nearly slid off the edge of a snowy mountain in my car.  God spared my life, but that is a story for another day.  For today, I can tell you that I made the trip to karate class in spite of my nerves – and I lived! 

If you reside anywhere north of Tulsa, you probably think my fears are foolish.  Truthfully, I would agree with you.  I used to be able to drive in snow all the time.  At some point, though, I forgot how…

Imagine how small our fears and anxieties seem to God!  The phrase “do not be afraid” appears in the Bible seventy-five times, by my cursory accounting.  He keeps telling us that He’s got everything covered, but we choose not to believe. 

Bluntly put, fear is not of God. 

He has big plans for you, so don’t let fear hinder you.

Hold every thought, especially the fearful ones, captive to Christ.

Do the scary thing.

Act on the Spirit’s callings.

Maybe even drive in the snow.

our snowman

“Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”  (Isaiah 44:8, NIV)

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