The Process

I pray and pray until I’m out of words… And God says -be quiet now. I ask Him to hurry and do something… And He says -don’t rush me, it’s the process that matters. The steps to “completness” are blessed. He tells me there is Joy in the journey

But, how can this wandering-part be enjoyable? Don’t You see It’s messy and long and precarious. Don’t You see the potential disaster? …I don’t like waiting, I want to see this one I love be made whole. 

He tells me -before I began the world I knew how things would go… I did not make humans to be perfect. I stated only, “it is good.” I planned for human error, imperfection and choice. It’s in the mishaps that Glory shines. It’s in the mistakes that Grace takes over. I never planned on human perfection.

The process to maturity in Christ is the story. Each pain and trial is useful -this is what makes the testimony. 

Rest – pray – wait and see. God is working, The I AM is moving at His speed in His way, using EVERYTHING for His Glory, for our good.

“Oh patient, wooing, active God, stay jealous for us. Help me wait it out trusting that You have a plan to use each and every circumstance today to change and mold hearts. Give us a great story! In Jesus’ name”

ForGlorySake! –Anna

  

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Changing Hearts Through Prayer

“… a group of men who were carrying a paralytic had to take him to the roof of the house, remove some tiles, and let him down in front of Jesus. Jesus linked faith with the miracle.” -The Bible Knowledge Commentary

When Jesus saw how much faith THEY had, He said to the man, Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20

Sometimes we just don’t have the clarity for our own situation. Sometimes we lack the faith to believe good is coming. Sometimes life seems tremendously full of distractions and our energy is completely zapped. That’s when we need others to carry us. 

I’ve been there. It’s humbling to receive, but without supportive arms I would’ve fallen flat. Prayers offered on my behalf have been  sheer life to me. They didn’t just keep me going, they revived and strengthened me. They sustained me.

I don’t know all the ways in which God uses prayer, but I can tell you the power is real and tangible! I will never again underestimate my words -to God -over another soul. They are precious and holy. God treasures each one. He allows them to be part of a covering.

 When I know my children (for instance) are stressed, distracted and even possibly disinterested I pray on their behalf. I stand in their stead before God, blanketing them in prayer, one by one. Then I wait expectantly to see the outcome. 

God is always gracious. He allows our faith in Him to lay down our “friend, sister, brother, child, spouse” gently at His feet where He can begin to heal and restore. He allows you and me to be a part – a catalyst of sorts. 

Our faith, through prayer, can initiate movement when the one we care about is paralyzed. I’ve seen it happen again and again. I’m watching it now. Another heart is changing before my eyes! 

Thank You, LORD for the incredible gift of prayer.

ForGlorySake! –Anna 

 

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Diving In

1 Corinthians 13:12&13 shares the promise that even though we can’t see clearly all that God is doing now, someday (on the other side) we will understand and know Him as fully as He knows us! Imagine.

But, how on earth (literally) do we hold on to absolute Trust in God today? How can we grasp Hope for tomorrow… when it just doesn’t appear God is even working on our behalf?  Verse 13 gives us the big clue: “But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: 

Trust steadily in God, 

hope unswervingly, 

love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” (The message)

Love is the key. Not just loving others-but loving God. It’s His love that feeds and fuels my ability to love others to begin with. My heart seeking to love The Father, cultivates trust in Him, which breeds hope for the future.

I can not possibly drum up love for God by my own initiative…. Trust or Hope, for that matter either. I need God’s Holy Spirit to inspire and direct me. This one factor changes my heart, changes my thinking… changes everything! The Spirit knows the heart of God and He is freely given to anyone who follows Jesus. 1Corinthians 2:10-12

Holy Spirit come and flood me, change my heart and mind. Fuel my trust, renew my hope and teach me Love Devine.

Join me?

ForGlorySake! -Anna

   “The Spirit not content to flit around on the surface DIVES into the depths of God.” 1Cor. 2:11

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Prepared

Storms happen. What a funny thing to write on such a beautiful peaceful day. Quiet, other than birds singing and the little creek gurgling… but it’s true, storms do come. Sometimes when we least expect them.

I’m talking about those trials of life we have all experienced; the ones that take you to your knees. How can you be prepared? I can’t say I ever put much time into thinking about it until we were personally “hit” in 2010 with the big C (cancer). One thing after another followed in the wake and I began to realize I was drawing on preparation made beforehand

If we are Christ-Followers, God-seekers, God has this way of laying a foundation for what’s coming next in life. Daily time alone with my Bible, journal, pen…. prayer, fellowship with others, life-experiences in general are all ways in which God prepares. It’s in looking back that I’ve seen the truth of this ground-work layed. 

Just what I needed to draw from when I needed it. Time spent alone with Him… always well worth the investment made! Nothing is wasted in God’s economy. Fear not, even your current “trial” is helping to prepare you for what’s next.

“The path of right-living people is level. The Leveler evens the road for the right-living. We’re in no hurry, GOD. We’re content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions. Who you are and what you’ve done are all we’ll ever want. Through the night my soul longs for you. Deep from within me my spirit reaches out to you.‭‭ Isaiah‬ ‭26:7-9‬ ‭MSG‬

You are being prepared. 

ForGlorySake! Anna

  

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The Wedding

What an entrance! All the wedding party waiting under the cherry blossom trees. Silence. No bride… a low gong began to ring out. 1, 2, 3, 4 times… horses hooves on the cobblestones, a carriage approached. 7, 8, 9, 10… On the stroke of 12 it stopped and a real princess descended. Our son was literally bouncing lightly up and down. Never have I seen such a thing. I was all goosebumps and tingles.

That morning had started with pen and journal, words flying onto the page faster than I could neatly record. How could God have done all of this in 4 years? From the utter darkness and hopelessness of addiction and confusion in our son, to such a thrill as this day. Truly He is The God Who brings the dead back to life and makes Something out of nothing! And on Easter weekend too – when all of God’s people celebrate such things together. It was just too much (in a good way). One reminder after another flooded my heart of where we had been and where God had brought our family… brought Ben.

Redemption, full and complete. Why such grace? Thinking back 7, 6, 5 years ago, miles away God was preparing a beautiful young woman for this child lost in darkness. God saw the end when I was crying out for help… He saw the bigger picture when I was asking “Where are You?”… He was busy creating the path to a wonderful future when we were just struggling through the next hour! Can you see how amazing HE is??? May I dare to share with you His incredible Goodness?

God is ALWAYS up to something for His beloved children. Our loving Father is not deaf or uncaring. He is active and full of answers. It just seems that time is required to view the outcomes. Not to mention, lots of prayers for “eyes to see.”

“Dear LORD, thank You again and again and again for Grace. Your ways are unsearchable and unexplainable. So many things happen I do not understand, but I know I can trust You because You made a way for me to know You eternally. You are a good, good Father and I can not love You enough. Please hold those close still waiting for redemption. And thank you for stories like Ben’s.”

ForGlorySake! – Anna

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Coming out/Going in

…Well, we’ve done it again, moved! My parent’s home (that we were all living in) is on the market and we are in our own place again. What a 2 years! Sad to leave, I asked God to help me make sense of it all, help me see the bigger picture, help me make order of all the chaos -and He did.

We are tucked in safe and sound and very happy I might add,  with our son’s wedding taking place TOMORROW!!! Mercy, grace and lots of prayer have seen us through. 

I’ve been overwhelmed at times, almost panicked at moments, then I’d remember Jesus’ words, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” The stresses and strains were not from God, they were my stresses, my strains; too many things I was putting on myself. 

His way is always calm, cool, collected. I had to remind myself again and again “there’s enough time today to get everything finished He (!) wants accomplished.”

God gave me a scripture to hold to during these exhausting 3 weeks: “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. ‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭121:8 AMP‬) We were not moving far so many, many car, truck, van loads later I see that He did just that. Nothing was lost or broken and no one was hurt. Somehow in the process wedding clothes have been purchased, gifts wrapped and parties planned.

To God be the Glory!!! We love our new home. Now on with the wedding❤️❤️❤️ (more soon!)

ForGlorySake!Anna


 

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Morning

I love the first moments of morning best; those seconds before I’m fully awake. I don’t know what day it is yet and the “to dos” haven’t formed… That’s when I think of him. I wonder what he’s doing and what things look like around him. I wonder at all he sees and is thinking. Who?

I marvel that HE made me, chose me and has a plan. Why? Why me? What on earth do I have to offer for His glory? That’s the point isn’t it? His Glory. I stand in my feet and hair at this time and in this generation for His glory. I’ve read and retread the entire Bible again and again and that’s what I come up with. God.

He created this world… all of it’s amazing treasures (including people) For -His -Glory. So we would look up and realize this was not all an accident. There is a Creator. God. Our Father. And He adores each of us so much He sent His Son to die for our sins and show us the way to eternal life with Him.

It sounds crazy. No matter how many times I’ve heard it, it sounds just… too crazy. Me, a girl from Atlanta, capturing God’s attention and communicating with Him? It floored me at 11 yrs and it floors me the same today. “I AM” near, closer than my breath. I breath and try to settle my mind.

I ask Him to help me understand, “Give me wisdom.” I want to know the way through this day. I want to choose wisely and act like I’m His -all His.  I want everyone to know the shear joy of belonging and being loved by their gracious Heavenly Father who waits to show them His Glory.

“LORD, until I can see you face to face and feel your hands touch my face, fill me up with Your mighty Spirit that sustains. Keep the wonder and longing alive and help me share the thrill of knowing You personally as my very own Father. You are God and there is no other.”

ForGlorySake! -Anna IMG_3246



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