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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Oh, Delightful Deidra!
    I will tell you, I am no fan of winter. I am a warm weather girl through and through. BUT…you have made me want to embrace this chilly season! I am a huge believer in community, and I love the idea of leaning “into the fellowship of others who have weathered the storms.” Our storms WILL come, and this is a perfect reminder of why it is best to seek His comfort in each other.
    Awesome post. Awesome.

  2. oh how beautiful your words and so beautiful the images they painted for me…a body bent horizontal in the wind (yes, i lived in Kansas for awhile!) and the warmth of fingers touching in the “community” of a mitten. this is resonating so incredibly deeply with me this day. tomorrow i begin a new study in the Word with a new group of women. i step in hoping to hear from those made stronger by the howling winds…and in turn become one that can help another stand upright. i look forward to the mingling in the messy and the mercy.

  3. I felt as if this blog was written for me! I suffer greatly from winter blues. I do pull away from everything … including even skipping church because I just don’t want to put on a happy face when I’m feeling so blue! Thank you for your encouraging words … it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Your “mittens” will remind me that being with others is a good thing.

  4. I needed this. Being we are in the midst of cold and winter here…I am not a winter girl. I hate the cold…so thank you for helping see a bit of sunshine amid the winter blues.
    blessings

  5. i know it is so cliche to say, but i think you read my mail 🙂 i am tired of winters in the midwest and have had the worst attitude about it this year and it seems my spiritual temperature was following suit until just recently. i really relate to your words. THANK YOU 🙂

  6. Beautifully written, as always, Deidra! And yes, community helps so much. I could have sat in worship all day this past Sunday, cushioning myself with the Word of God and the words of my fellow believers.

  7. oh, i just loved this. my “winter” has been long and i have been so grateful knowing that other believers were interceding for me. what would do without The Body?

  8. Such wise words Deidra. I think it is our natural inclination to just want to be alone when we are suffering, but the opposite is true.
    I have a wonderful group of women in my Bible Study who are there to pray with and for me, laugh with me and cry with me. It is a precious gift.
    I love the mitten analogy. I learned a long time ago, when we lived up north, that only mittens will really keep my fingers warm. I loved the look of black leather gloves, but they simply aren’t warm and cozy like my dear little mittens.

  9. Thank you so much for those wonderful words of encouragement. (I LOVE the cold and snow. One of the best parts of it though is coming inside and snuggling down with a cup of something hot to drink and curling up with a good book that speaks to your soul.) Thank you for reminding me that we are not intended to weather the storms of life alone. God has strategically placed “mitten” in our midst to share the warmth of encouragement.
    Blessings!

  10. Just yesterday, I had tea and lunch with a friend and we spoke of the importance of friends, finding warmth, encouragement in the middle of any storm. Hope you will be a part of my “creative collection” – inspiration comes in many forms and your words are wonderful.
    pve

  11. Thank you for your article, I am slogging through spiritual slush at the moment and reading this helps me to know I am not alone, I just need a good pair of mittens xxxx