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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Let me be the first to welcome you to bonnie Scotland. The land of the kilt, the bagpipes, haggis and the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. Hope that you won’t miss the things that you didn’t take in your suitcase. May God bless you greatly as you minister to university students. Oh and if you decide you would like to have a different view of Scotland you should get in touch as I live up in Inverness. Hope your time here is wonderful, God blessed and very encouraging. Bless you! Stephanie

  2. What a great reminder for wherever we’re headed next–a new school year, an addition to the family, relocation…fear, comfort {in other things}, worry for the future, and even hopes and dreams…sometimes we just need to Live, leaning close into This *Day*. I’m thinking about this a lot today–how we really don’t have room for all of those things when we’re just living for Him.

    Rich blessings as Our Father’s will for you is revealed, and as you respond according to His promptings and leadings, and fully in Now…(and I pray the same for me, too…)…

  3. I love your line “I didn’t pack fear. I don’t have time for it or space for it. Too much living to do.” Awesome. Thanks for this reminder as it is so important to not let fear invade our precious moments and new seasons of life, whatever that might be.

  4. Thank you, God for Annie’s post. I’m about to make a major move in my life & I was already lugging many of those things you so wisely left behind. Today, I am shedding my fear & stepping bodly into His promise thanks to your words, Annie.

    • Ruthie,

      Praying for the move & for God’s blessings on whatever comes your way! Whatever He brings you into..He’ll bring you through it!

      Think of Daniel in Lion’s Den & Shadrack, Meshack, & Abednego in the Fire –with their faith God brought them through trials!

  5. There’s nothing like a move that forces us to evaluate what is truly necessary and important …

    Thank God He goes with us wherever we go and doesn’t change like our surroundings, possessions, and relationships so easily do!

    Let’s travel light!

  6. Hello Annie
    What a privilege to help with a church planting effort. I will keep you in my prayers as you labor for the Lord and in the process are challenged, experience growth, and learn a whole lot. Spent a year in my late twenties as a missionary in rural Haiti and it was the toughest year of my life but I came forth pretty polished by the Spririt – with hardly any of me left. Bless you and I will be following your blog.

  7. Scotland!! I wish I was there. (sigh!) I live on the sun….otherwise known as Arizona… It’s beyond hot and being from the north, I miss cool weather. Well…I can drive up to the mountains and see snow in the winter. But still… And don’t be afraid to try haggis. It’s really good. They also have some very good lamb there, too. Actually a lot of Scottish food is really good. Enjoy the beautiful countryside.

  8. I needed this today as I too prepare to start packing. Our reasons for moving are very different and we still have no idea where we’re going, but I will remember to leave fear and worry for the future behind. Definitely don’t need those!
    OPI on the other hand…. 😉

  9. I will be re-categorizing all of my personal belongings shortly into mostly the same categories. 1) Move 2) Store 3) Sell/Give away. 1a) Move to Honduras, 2a) Store in Portland. Although for me, fear is creating a huge hurdle to the process. But it is starting to melt away as I realize there is much more living to be done without it. I really like the focus of living and loving the page you are on, and not trying to skip ahead to the end of the chapter (or book) to see what is coming. Thanks for the perspective check – I needed it!

  10. I love it that God made us to dream, gave us dreams, placed them inside us when He fearfully and wonderfully made us (Psalm 139:14), enjoy unpacking all your new dreams, and come back and share them with us!

  11. Annie,

    Such a beautifully written post, and such a good reminder to leave fear, comfort and worry out of our “suitcases” when we head out to where ever God is taking us.

    Can’t wait to hear/read what God continues to do while you are in Scotland.

    hugs
    B

  12. I, too, just went thru the process of categorizing everything my family owns. What I kept now lives in storage in Charlotte, NC while we rent indefinitely in upstate SC. I just found your website today & was encouraged by your story and your attitude toward the unknown. As I recently discovered that I “like to know the end from the beginning”, it was good to be reminded to live life on the page I’m on. Makes sense b/c we don’t have tomorrow’s grace yet anyway. Many blessings for your new adventure!

  13. Life throws many curve balls at us & each trial is there to make us stronger & more dependent on HIM.

    He doesn’t want us to have fear, worry of the future and other “satanic” items. He wants us to have complete trust in Him and live in the **here and now–Today**. Tomorrow isn’t promised to us! His grace is sufficient for now, today.

    God bless you and enjoy the scenery of Scotland!!

  14. A year ago I moved out of my comfort in Canada to Costa Rica to learn Spanish. And two weeks ago, I moved from Costa Rica to Venezuela to be a part of a church plant as well…this post really resonated with me and I’ll be back to read more…it’s good to know there are others out there who understand 🙂 Thanks for making me smile today!

  15. Annie, thank you for this post! I just moved to a new city & while it was a move I sought out there have been a few bumps. Your post was a great reminder for me to not worry about the comfort & fear & everything in between & focus on Him!!

  16. Annie, love your post as we are career missionaries and the packing just as you have written is such a part of our life. We are at it again too…age 65 heading stateside to a new ministry, leaving behind no regrets. We stepped boldly into our first move overseas fueled with passion to follow Him where ever He placed us…and since He is orchestrating this move there is still passion enough to be excited. It’s one of my dreams to go to Scotland the very area will be in too. We met some Godly people who from Scotland to help at our conference in Papua New Guinea. Enjoy this wonderful adventure God has given you. From one traveler to another, God will give traveling mercies.