Prior to moving down south to Georgia, I lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over twenty years. The years living in Minnesota were filled with fun times. They were also filled with times of darkness, discouragement, despair, and depression. It seemed like the season of winter lasted seven out of the twelve months, with the sun barely even shining. The days were short, cold, and dark.
Winter seemed to be a season when I would get pretty discouraged and feel very lonely. I remember reaching out to my brother to confide in him. I wanted to get his advice and suggestions. I needed help navigating life and knew that I could always trust him; that he would always show support, kindness, compassion, love, and grace. Jason would never judge me but would love me unconditionally. By the way, I think that I have the BEST brother in the world!
I called my brother but did not get an answer so I left him a voicemail. He called me back the following day and we began to talk. He listened attentively as I began to pour out my heart. Tears began to stream down my face as I revealed things that had happened to me over the years and how I believed that they had impacted and shaped my life; my list. After pouring out my heart to my brother, I paused and waited to hear his advice. The first words that came out of his mouth were…“Lisa, we all have a list.”
He went on to share some things that may benefit me during this season in my life. I took notes as I listened to my brother share adverse situations that he has found himself in and how he was able to come out of them. After hanging up the phone, I felt much better and empowered. Now it was time to do the hard work. Now it was time to make good choices and believe that I can WIN! With God, all things are possible. I thank God for my brother and the words that he spoke over my life that cold, dark, winter day in Minnesota.
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