He Calls…

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

It’s still dark and I feel a nudge, but everyone is asleep. I listen and feel my blood pumping. It’s Him. He wants to meet with me.

I quietly get up, taking my phone and glasses (can’t forget those!), tiptoe down the stairs and out onto the porch. I love the early morning. Still and quiet, just the birds. 

I tell Him, “I’m here” and wonder what He will reveal today. Think of it -GOD, Creator, Sustainer of Life -wants to sit with me!? It never ceases to amaze and I can not resist the call; the urge to come and see a little more of Who He is…

I love my phone with Bible Apps galore in every version, every language! Commentaries, sermons and explanations at the click of a button! Truly the coolest thing I have ever owned. Even the Bible Knowledge Commentary (2 huge volumes), too heavy and cumbersome to carry around are on my phone in an App for easy access- wow just wow.

Every time, every day, God reveals truth tailor-made for the day, if I will read and pray and seek …and wait. He is so willing and available as I make myself the same. How awesome is that?

Today He says, “I will give them one heart and One Way, that they may fear Me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of Me in their hearts, that they may not turn from Me.”  ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32:39-40‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Then I seek and see: Jesus is the “One Way,” and God blesses my children through my faith in Him, He offers His covenant to both me and my descendants, and it is God Who initiates the “fear” or reverence of Himself in our hearts, so that we will not turn from Him. 

Oh the depth of the riches of the knowledge of God. His love is deep and wide and I will not come to the end of it. But I am willing to go as far as I can! Daily. Sitting with Him. As He calls.

ForGlorySake! –Anna



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The Prayer Connection

I know people who can pray for whole countries and continents! That amazes me. I am overwhelmed looking past the 4 walls of our house. It may seem crazy but it just seems too much to think of so many people at one time! At the airport I have tried to pray for “all the travelers”…. yet my eyes focused on an individual, (like the tired mom with 3 kids in tow, hurrying to their destination) and I was off -praying for her worries and concerns. 

I think I just might be a personal connection pray-er. Do you ever feel like that? If your family and friends are somehow touched by something, it makes an issue easier to grasp; more real? This past year I began praying for the police drug task force in our county. Whenever I thought through what they were up against and how it impacted those I love and the schools we attend… I was floored by the emotion and passion it brought! Words flowed.

To me, prayer is connection. Connection with my Father about something that matters to me and matters to a Him. Still, I desire to pray “bigger,” and so I’m constantly asking Him to broaden my scope. 

Our children continually bring awareness of new people. Taking the time to enter their world stretches me. We have a son now living in the city of Atlanta. My husband and I recently “prayer-walked” (you basically walk around and pray) in the building where he lives, on his college campus, and the surrounding area. It was cool to see God begin to open our eyes and our hearts to souls all around. 

I must say, God understands me. He knows I need to see an individual; feel for their situation …sort of like how He sees each of us. ❤️ Then, bit by bit I am drawn out of my space and nearer to theirs. He knows this is where I feel and can truely pray from a heart that desires their connection with God as much as I do my own.

LORD, thank You for those who read this that they may be encouraged to be who You created them to be and to pray how you wired them to pray. Teach us true holy connection with You by Your Spirit, through Jesus Your son. Give us hearts to cover others in prayer…. and consider that that person may not have anyone else praying for them today!”

ForGlorySake! – Anna






  

 







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Trust, Trust, Trust

50 years old and still the same lesson… “Will you trust Me?” I wonder some days if it will ever come simply – easily? At least now, I recognize the struggle before it overwhelmes. 

Each week (oftentimes daily) there comes across my path something I can not fix, can not resolve or can not pray to the end of. Still, I do pray …and seek His promises of guidance …and lay the concern down again and again…

And again.

Then the waiting and hoping mixed with bouts of frustration bring me back to the same questions: Who’s in charge? (God). Is He listening? (Yes, always). Will I trust Him? (Of course…. but, but, but…).

Intellectually – I know He is sovereignWillfully – I’ve decided to follow Him. Still emotionally – I wrestle with the how’s and the when’s. And do you know what I have discovered? It’s in the wrestling that I’ve grown stronger! It’s in that battle of faith, verses what I see that my spiritual muscles have matured! 

The struggle is like work out and even this God uses to bring me to completion in Christ Jesus.

“Thank You, LORD, for using all things, even my wrestling with total trust and peace in You -for my good. Thank You for never losing focus of Your goal to complete me in Christ! Never losing hope that my failings can be matured -all for Your Glory! What a wondrous God You are!”

ForGlorySake! – Anna


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Grace like an Ocean…

Deeper than I can measure…

Farther than I can see to its end…

Powerful, unpredictable, all-consuming, overwhelming…

This is God’s Grace. How far does it reach? To what lengthd will it go? Just what will it cover? … and, How many times? I’ve been searching and seeking through scripture and keep coming to the same question: “What did Christ’s death accomplish?”

Everything! It covered All sin. That is- everyone’s for all time

I can not find a limitation spoken anywhere. I can not reach another conclusion: Jesus’ death covered it all. And this covering has been offered, a total gift to anyone who wants it. 

Grace. So amazing, so overwhelming, so complete in every way. Again and again. 

But for any who would attempt to “use” it? “Cheapen” it? Could such a sacrifice even be cheapened? No way! Impossible! What God planned and achieved is Eternal -beyond anything a mere  human could try to “soften.” This IS the Good News!

It is Grace- extended to me (God’s creation) by an all-powerful, all-loving Father (my Creator)! It is bigger than the sea itself.. 

“…but You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness, for You did not forsake them.” Nehemiah 9:17b

How true. He sent Jesus❤️ 

 

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Beautiful Ugly

What is true beauty? Flawless perfection? Honest truth? Beloved memories? The Bible reminds us  skin-deep-good-looks are short lived,  but fear of God is forever gorgeous. The older I get, the more I’m banking on that! 

My husband showed up at a time in my life when I was literally plagued with “the uglies.” He was completely baffled by my desperate grasps at a sickly beauty. His admiration of God’s handiwork in me, made me ashamed of my vain disregard. 

Over the years he further opened my eyes to the appreciation of scars, tiny wrinkles, and those few grey hairs. They are “God-markers” of intervention, provision, even reward. They show we were indeed created in our Savior, and have been about the good works God long ago planned for us. Eph.2:10

On one of my morning excursions, I passed a windy, wet, wild side of the island we visit. The cliffs I found had strange holes and shapes telling a story of years of wear and tear. 

Savage beauty, much like water and wind against a rock. Every body becomes worn and buffeted… yet the results are beautiful. Each little line tells a story, especially around the eyes where we’ve laughed and cried.

This is true beauty.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

  

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Seed Sprouting

For me, vacation and running go hand in hand. I love being outside and having a look around. Walking is nice but tends to take a looong time. Thus, my lack of patience produces jogging. 

I’m always amazed how repetition of anything brings increased ease. Before long I’m going farther… faster. Good habits like eating well, reading (especially the Bible), writing, painting… increase in appetite as I feed them. Neglected, they shrivel.

My husband and I consider our relationship close. For 28 years we’ve used the word “connected.” Yet, when we get away alone and focus one on one, old sparks ignite. It’s always a marvel the rejuvenation God brings. Ah, the wonders of sewing and reeping.

It all reminds me to live -with purpose. Think before I speak, or do. Seek God moment by moment for direction on where to use my energies. Because what I feed today will grow tomorrow. And, whatever I’m growing will be weighed and judged by God someday.

What are you sprouting?

ForGlorySake! –Anna

  

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Promises!

When I bump into mothers of prodigal children my heart aches. I get it, it hurts. You are not alone. All through the scriptures God shows His heart in the matter and gives us promises to speak out loud and hold on to ❤️ They are like sweet fruit for the taking:

“If you belong to Christ then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29 NIV
(In Christ we are heirs!)

“For all the promises of God find their YES in Jesus. That is why it is through Him we utter AMEN to God for His Glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

(All of the promises)

“For thus says the LORD: for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:25 ESV

(God will fight for them)



“What You bless, O LORD stays blessed forever!” 1 Chronicles 17:27

(Bless them in Jesus’ name!)

“Those who wait for the LORD shall not be put to shame” Isaiah 49:23

(We are never foolish to wait on God.)

“All of us must die eventually… but God does not just sweep life away, instead HE devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.” 2 Samuel 14:14 ESV

(Ask how to help in His plan) 

“I will round up your children, I want them back (whom I created for My Glory) yes, personally formed and made each one.” Isaiah 43:5-7 AMP

(God wants this more than you do)

“Jesus said….Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.” ‭John‬ ‭6:37 ‭MSG‬‬ 

(Faith is hoping for what’s not seen)

“Then the LORD said to me, “… I am [actively] watching over My Word to fulfill it.”” JEREMIAH‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

(God’s Word will not return void)

‭‭“obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of souls.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NASB‬‬

(Our faith makes a difference)

“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever HE promises.” Romans‬ ‭4:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

(Hope)

‭‭“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

(HE will use this in your life- don’t lose heart)

ForGlorySake! –Anna

   

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