Persistence 

We have this bird… that’s rather annoying. He’s been tapping on an outside window now for a WEEK. He shows up at daybreak and begins his daily vigil of jumping up and pecking the den glass with feet splayed. 

It was funny at first. Now I’d do anything to help him reach his goal and move on. We’ve offered seed close by (he ignores), taped photos on the inside of the glass (he just moves over), set the cat to watch (he moves higher). The kids even offered to just let him in…

One thing I will give him, he is persistent! So much so that I’m learning a lesson in real time of a parable that Jesus told. There was a widow seeking justice from an unrighteousness judge. Her daily persistence finally brought action and Jesus said:

And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [that kind of persistent] faith on earth?” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:7-8‬ ‭

When I cry out daily to God to right wrongs that I see happening, bring loved ones close to His heart, shine truth and light where there is only darkness and evil…. I am faithfully, persistently seeking justice from My Righteous Judge – Who hears me! 

This is persistent faith in the only One Who can truly answer all my longings. He is faithful, He is near. He hears me (amazing!) and He will not delay long ❤️

“‬‬Oh Faithful Father, give answer to my persistent prayers and show Your justices, mercy and love. I believe You know best, so keep me faithful in my prayers and help me trust while I wait, In Jesus’name -Who made our communion possible.”

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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A Running Anniversary

At 35, 15 years ago, I decided to try running. Alternating a run then walk from one mailbox to the next was all I could manage, trying to rid my body of residual baby-weight. It took me 2 years before I could comfortably run our neighborhood’s 2 miles full of hills. 

Since then I’ve averaged 3-4 miles every other day,  Occasionally (very occasionally) 6 or 8 miles. Yet there have been a few long stretches with only weights and aerobics… then out come the shoes and off I go. There’s nothing (to me) like being free and alone, seeking that runner’s high. I can feel when I’ve had enough, or need a bit more. Like a toddler with a nap, I call it “getting my run out.”  

I don’t compete with anyone other than myself. I don’t do races (porta-potty phobia) and I could care less about my times. I just love any morning outside under the sky. This is where I talk to God, and wait to hear from Him. Blogs form and many times tears blur my vision. With my red red face, high heart-rate (touch of tachycardia) and weepy eyes… I’m quite the sight! 

 No complaints of injury thus far, other than an occasional foot strain and a constant “ballet hip” that requires daily stretching. Running has become addicting, comforting, peace-bringing. A real stress reliever in stressful times! Not for everyone I realize, but a blessing of endorphins none the less.

For what it’s worth, maybe you’ll like it too, one mailbox at a time 🙂

“For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:29

Commentary: With God’s help we can advance against and defeat ANY opposition!

ForGlorySake! –Anna


A Running view

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Waiting -until you want to scream!

Been there? Me too! Asking God for something, or someone… just some action with this situation …please!!! Longing to see the “needle move” in a positive direction, any ray of hope, or spark of something can be such a drain. Waiting, hoping, and yet, it’s “same ‘ol same ‘ol.” Ahhhh. Yes, I get frustrated just like you. Yes, Ive felt some days I could scream or cry. 

No matter the need, waiting is never easy. I read that Old Testament people waited lifetimes for things! New Testament folks waited years at least. Now a days, months seem excruciating. In the end times the LORD says He will shorten our days (Mark 13:20). Wonder if that’s human patience growing thin or God’s? 😂

Personal encouragement came today by way of a yard sign, “This Could Be The One.” …”What could be one, Lord? -The day, Anna! This could be the day they see My salvation and freedom for themselves, so rejoice and be glad because I have made it.” Wow. In many ways, God waits with me, especially in matters of the human heart and human will. I hadn’t thought of that before. He longs with me.

He thought of, planned out and created this very day to show any and all willing the shear joy of communing with Him. He longs for us and has made Himself available through Jesus, our personal Savior. God definitely wins the prize for waiting the longest! What an amazing Father ❤️

“This is from the LORD and is His doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. ”‭‭PSALM‬ ‭118:23-24‬ ‭AMP

May this be the day- if you are waiting.

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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God Answers!

Are you ready? Because He will answer you! In the 39 years I’ve been walking with Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I’ve asked God for countless things… requests of all kinds. And I can tell you- He answers.

I bet you’ve heard someone say, “God has 3 responses: “Yes, No and wait.” I’ll agree, yet …He has never just left it at that for me. Truth is, I am not wise enough to know specifically how to pray, but I try. And just as Romans 8:26 says: the Spirit intercedes for me

Knowing this, I begin to thank God for His answer (not even realizing all that I have agreed too)! I guess that’s why it’s called faith. 

I call, 

He answers… in His most amazing and profound way. 

This weekend I watched our “borrowed son” stand at the head of the isle waiting on his most excellent wife-to-be, and felt completely overwhelmed by all that God has done. So many prayers He answered.

Not as I asked or imagined, but as He interpreted and did. His ways were not my ways (thank You, Jesus), His thoughts were not always my thoughts (thank You, Holy Spirit). They were better, they were bigger!!

Glorious, joyful, abundant Life! His way for mine?? I’ll take it every time.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭

ForGlorySake!- Anna


Keith & Claudia Knight with her family ❤️❤️❤️

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Choosing Joy

Choices come in all shapes and sizes, even colors. Daily I choose items, activities, clothing, and food. It’s a constant determination to make each of those good… or not. Unfortunately it can vary according to how tired I am. Making a habit of consistency helps (like exercising daily).

What about attitudes? Sometimes I blame hormones or other people, yet my attitudes and my reactions are my choice. I have found choosing Joy first-off, each day, greatly helps me set the stage! It’s where I begin. 

Just after I wake, my todo list pops up. I try to mentally push that aside and make a gratitude list instead. Simply, what I’m thankful for. That 2 seconds begins a pattern that sets my day. Rain or shine, sleet or snow, busy or light, work or vacation. Right there, I have chosen thankfulness over discontentment. 

The benefit? Joy! I can honestly smile and sing in the midst of whatever. The Joy that God gives me for being thankful for toothpaste to salvation, is the undercurrent of my life. 

There will always be plenty of mess and heartache, stress and storm, yet Joy remains because I’m looking for it… and God is faithful (in the midst) to provide.

What are you thankful for today? 

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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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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