To the Tightly Wound Woman

To-the-Tightly-Wound-WomanI have to admit these Tightly Wound Woman Letters have been my favorite to share with you this past year.

Your mailbox may get full this month with holiday greetings from friends or it may be painfully empty. Whatever the case, I hope that this letter is one of your favorites—full of love from the One who came down to redeem you.

Dear Tightly Wound Woman:

You’ve been feeling down lately. As the days get shorter and your memory gets longer, you struggle to find joy amidst the flurry of activity that accompanies this season.

May I gently remind you of something dear one?

I came down too. I left the light of Heaven to come down to the dark, so that I could save you and also relate to the struggles that you face.

I came in the dark so that you could find a trusted comforter in me.

May the warmth of my love thaw your spirit as you lift your eyes above your circumstances and focus on the radiance of my grace.

I love you—just the way you are.

I know that this season brings struggle and requires a unique endurance to tromp through.

But, remember, I am Emmanuel. God with you.

I am with you and for you and do not leave you alone in the cold.

You have a Wonderful Counselor as a seal upon your heart. He will help you at break of day and in the dead of night.

Child, you feel down but I promise you there is so much hope fluttering about. It is lasting and real.

Take a moment to look around. See the evidence of my love in the intricacies of the snowflakes. Take stock of those gathered ’round instead of lamenting those that are not near.

You are not left alone. You are welcomed in.

Let me host you and help you.

Warm yourself by the fire of my affection for you. I have come, both then and now, to fight on your behalf.

Will you let me exchange your trouble for my companionship?

Will you give me your cares and let me comfort you with truth?

Will you allow me to transform your thoughts so that you can walk in freedom?

I am here.

You are not alone in this hard place.

Here I am.

I am preparing you for what’s to come. Enjoy the day and get ready for a glorious tomorrow.


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Katie Reid
Katie M. Reid is a tightly wound woman who fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her hubby, four children (and one on the way) and their life in ministry. Hot or iced tea and cut-to-the-chase conversations are a few of her favorite things. Through writing, singing, speaking and photography, Katie encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life. She has published articles via Focus on the Family, and MOPS. She has a memoir piece, about her brother with Down Syndrome, Extra Salt on the Fries, published in Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond and has recorded an album, Echoes of My Heart (both are available on Amazon).