Justice & Mercy

And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:22-23 NET)

Something I’ve spent a good deal of time and thought on is fear of God & mercy, especially how this is played out through me toward others …namely my children.

Maybe in your house no one has “wavered” in their faith, or walked the road of the prodigal, or blatantly taken a stand opposed to God and His standards. I can’t say the same and it’s left me in a place of – how does God want me to respond?

God is so good at this balance of Justice & Mercy. He can see motivations of the heart. He can see each life, beginning to end. He always holds to the Standard. I on the other hand have to walk by faith, blindly – when what I see appears hopeless. 

It’s a constant evaluation of words and actions as I aim to help in His work – not hinder.  Too much fear of God and I could ruin the relationship. Too much mercy, and I offer no anchor in the storm. Mercy can feel more loving, yet actually prove unloving. 

So I work out my own salvation with fear and trembling, erring on the side of grace because I know that God is faithful with all I’ve entrusted to Him! His justice & mercy are always perfect … even when mine are not. 

“Thank You Father for knowing the way when there seems to be no way. You are my Rock and the One Who’s ever-present in my troubles. Balance me in Jesus’ name.”

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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Every opportunity!

I have been so inspired by the people of Italy (especially those along the coast) to use all I’ve been allotted. Every space, every square inch they own is utilized for its maximum potential. 

From tiny efficient apartments to sheer hillside gardens, nothing is wasted. And nearly everyone cultivates something. I was surprised to see just a few square feet by a wall growing: grapes… or lemons, grapefruits, eggplants & tomatoes. 

It wasn’t so much what was packed in -just “thatthey found a way to it. No matter how small or seemly improbable! I want to be as industrious and creative with what God has given me: time, Truth, love… Jesus. 

God has been so very gracious. He has shown me His Good News of salvation for ALL mankind. May I continue to invest in others, what He has invested so patiently in me. I’m heading home feeling renewed hope in cultivating my little field ❤️

“Wait on the LORD” – Faithfulness yields great reward (‭‭Luke‬ ‭19:26‬). 

ForGlorySake!  Anna

Terrace gardening, Amalfi Coast, Italy.

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Tid bits…

Traveling in Italy has been a real learning experience! It’s all very different from my home in the US but a good eye-opener to how others live.

For the most part: THIS a dryer! Washers are small, so clothes are worn more than once ✅


The smaller “sink” on the left is for washing anything soiled after toilet use 😉 Just sit and rinse. The nossle twists up or down as needed. Hand soap and towels are close by.

 

Showers can be creatively small, like this little telephone booth. 


Recycling is VERY important (even out on the streets)! I look at the labels to see what goes where.


Windows open both from the top and from the side. The handle direction allows for maneuvering. There are NO screens.


Coffee pots look more like this than a “Mr Coffee”… I traveled with Starbucks “Via packs” just incase.

Don’t judge a building by the exterior! Inside I have found apartments to be smart and modern, efficient space-savers with all the needs of life 😉


Fall has been a great time to travel since air & heat -are available, but regulated. I brought a tiny white-noise machine that muffles most of the cars, honking and church bells. 


A, #1, Important (in my opinion) bring comfortable shoes! Take a 6 or 7 mile test-walk in them before deciding what to pack 😂

ForGlorySake! – Anna

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The Masses

I visited Milan, Italy home of the first city to offer “freedom of religion” to Christians in 313 AD. Was I possibly walking on the same ancient stones as those brothers and sisters in Christ?! Did anyone around me realize the history of this place?

So many people from every nation passed and pressed. I thought of standing on a corner and shouting, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” Instead I walked and prayed and wondered about the sea of souls. How on earth, does God keep track?

“And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to Whom we must render an account.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NET‬‬

God sees everyone… and everything. Nothing is missed. And somehow each one is given a chance to know Him. 

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NET‬‬

The Word in this city shouted to me in pictures – beautiful carvings of every story from scripture. Incredible works of art telling mankind’s saga from Eden to the Resurrection. Since I couldn’t speak their languages, I prayed for those taking photos to really see!

“ O, that today you would listen as He speaks! Do not harden your hearts.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NET‬‬

It was moving and frustrating all at the same time. I wished I could see a glow above heads of those that call Jesus, Lord. I realized, all at once how very very big the world is and yet God is not overwhelmed by our masses. He made a way:

“For there is one God and one Intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at His appointed time.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:5-6‬ ‭NET‬‬

“LORD, help me be about Your business wherever I go. Open my ears and eyes to see what You are doing. Use Your people all over this great big world so that more can know You!”

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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Letting Go

Ahhh why is it so hard sometimes to trust and believe that “God has it”? Just when I think I’ve made all this progress in letting go… a new situation pops up and I’m overwhelmed. Struggling. 😝

This fall it came by way of leaving our youngest (not that young) girls alone while we traveled to a family wedding out of the country. True – one of the drivers had her license all of 6 days. True – Most of our adult children were also out of town. And true – both had challenging school loads to juggle.

But where was my peace that God would be there? Where was my faith that He loves more – cares more – watches far more – than I do (or can)?! Through it all I was gently reassured and repeatedly reminded He was on duty. Scripture passages, sermons, friends and family were sent to encourage me. 

Opening my hands in my lap, on my knees in my closet, I let it all go… again and again. I was never reprimanded or scolded. Just loved because that’s all my Father wants- from me… to come humbly to Him even when I’m afraid. 

 “All is well child” …and, it was.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

-Beth Moore 

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Heard, Safe, Saved

“I love you, GOD — You make me strong. GOD is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my Rescuing Knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭18:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬
This week -in the midst of my own challenges with my husband’s health, I met a woman facing more. A new cancer for her husband, more advanced and aggressive than the last. Just when they thought they were in the clear, it’s come back for another battle. 

This week -while I wrestled with my own heart over our children growing up and moving forward, my dear friend’s love and care for 2 little ones (not born to her but still God-given) turned gut-wrenching and tragic in a matter of days.

Where is God?

I remember hospital days during David’s many preceecures/surgeries… waiting, I’d turn again and again to Psalm 18. A pledge of God’s faithfulness. It never got old. He was awake, He was aware, He had a plan.

 “A hostile world! I call to GOD, I cry to God to help me. From His palace He hears my call; my cry brings me right into His presence— a private audience!” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

I had His ear day or night – today just as much as back then. He cares for me and mine as much as these and their’s! He’s my refuge and your’s. Call to Him. Tell Him all about it and wait to see what He will do. 

Sometimes the answers have been surprising. Sometimes really scary, but I can testify He has been faithful to listen and hold me throughout everything!

“But me, He caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; He pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but GOD stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!”‭‭ Psalm‬ ‭18:16-19‬ ‭MSG‬‬

After praying for all these issues this morning, I read it through again. Now – “I sing to GOD, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭18:3‬ ‭MSG‬‬

ForGlorySake! -Anna


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The Clean Out

 “Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”  (1Co 5:7 NET)

There is a really interesting Jewish tradition called “Kashering” which happens at Passover. A family cleans their home of all yeast/leaven or anything non-kosher prior to the holiday. 

Rabbis instruct, “Only utensils that can be scrubbed clean should be kashered.” 

Leaven is equated to sin in the New Testament -in that it quickly grows bigger. I love that Believers are referred to as utensils in God’s hands and that Jesus’ sacrifice has cleansed us, making us useful to Him.

 “So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”  (1Co 5:8 NET)

For years now I have been aware of God’s kashering of my family. Cleaning our vice & evil, leaving behind sincerity & truth. It is not always a pleasant experience but the results are beauty and freedom and usefulness.

Sanctification is a lifelong process from what I can see. My old ways are hard habits to break. Thankfully God is not daunted by the ginormous task of making me more like Jesus. I am already clean in His eyes, yet the process continues…

Thank You, Lord, for continuing The Cleanse. Make us more and more like You until The Day You appear and complete the job 👍🏼👍🏼 I know You always perfectly finish what You start! (‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ )

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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