Nothing Lost

“God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭36:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

I was in a scary car wreck :/ It wasn’t my fault but damage remains. Lots to negotiate and work out… yet GOD in His mercy, carried me and 2 of my kids through safely. 

I trust Him for the “bigger plan” whatever my day holds. Pre-wrecks and post-wrecks, He is GOD and there is no other (Deut 4:35). He holds us damaged or whole. 

Nothing surprises Him and He ALWAYS has a plan for my good. Today is useful, tomorrow is useful. I am a tool (2 Timothy 2:21) in the hand of a Big God Who has Big Ideas. Life’s an adventure with Him!

Never fear, your GOD is here. Closer than breathe, stronger than any elements. He is (like Beth Moore writes:) “Big enough, beautiful enough, bold enough, brilliant enough, brave enough, otherworldly enough, someone finally good enough to rescue us from our self-obsession and sweep us up into a love worth dying for.”

This the surpassing value of knowing Jesus as my Lord (Philippians 3:7-8)

ForGlorySake! – Anna


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Macros and Me

A year ago my chemical-engineering son explained counting macros to me and their importance. Since then I’ve been playing around and adjusting percentages, looking for the perfect balance. I’ve given each trial  about 5 months. It’s a lot of fun to me… sorta like working a puzzle.

Everyone alive eats macros. They are what make up our food: fats, carbohydrates, proteins. We consume them daily in various amounts, usually according to what our area of the world has to offer. Oftentimes so much is available – taste becomes king. 

In my macro-adjustment-journey (aka diet) I’ve tried reducing and increasing one group over another, looking for what makes my body run best. My goals (at 51) are for: mental clarity, energy (to run or lift weights daily), sleep well, keep up bone density, flexibility, and not gain excess weight. To see more muscle definition would be nice also.

This balancing act has lead me to the KETO Diet, best known for its high fat margin (70%) of calorie intake, over protein (25%) with a very small slice of carbs (5%). It’s a 30 day trial I’m doing independently, although I am aware of a few others giving this a whirl. 

So far so good and always interesting. I’m learning a ton!!! Great utube videos by a Dr. Berg and many many articles available online. Fats I’ve learned should be a balance of both animal and plant. But my carbs come almost exclusively from veggies and few berries. There is no sugar -in any form.

I’m loving the recipes, am fascinated by “intermittent fasting” and couldn’t be more satisfied with calories allotted. So much cell “repair” is explained in the videos and I’m a  big fan of that! 🙂 

That’s what’s new on nutrition… I’ll keep you posted 

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Prayer List

A family apart for the birth of their 1st child – deployment for a year!?

A young teen boy and his fearful over-protective mother 

A neighbor with a small child facing a drastic move across the world

Young men trying to guide a group of teenage boys on the “narrow path”

A young woman launching into ministry, needing support

Bills, deadlines, decisions, new jobs, so many hopes…

These all seem overwhelming to me but never to my GOD. He says bring them here – lay them down. I didn’t create you to carry that, but to pray earnestly and let ME “worry” about them. Oh the Peace… and with it -JOY. HE holds them, HE holds me, HE has a bigger plan and I can trust it fully, totally. 

Thank You, LORD, for the privilege to pray.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Spirit Wind

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” -Jesus (‭‭John‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Oh how I missed the cool ocean wind on my face this morning! The hill I was running up seemed longer and my feet felt heavier. Home from vacation and feeling the reality of humidity set in…

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”‭‭ -Jesus (John 14:26 ESV)

What a difference wind makes in the heat of summer. It’s just a little refreshment when the sun beats down. Like the Spirit God sent to be our daily companion on this trek through life. Up hill and down, He’s there to encourage, strengthen and enlighten.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” Jesus (John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

I heard it said recently that we do not necessarily receive more of God’s Spirit on our journey, but that as we “die to our SELF,” there is more room for Him to be revealed. An interesting thought. 

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Jesus (Luke‬ ‭11:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

        However You work this out, LORD, I pray that You would fill me up with more of You and less of Me. I want to run with Your free-blowing, Helper that teaches, reminds and guides me in all Truth, gently showing and preparing me for what’s to come. Thank You that all I have to do is ASK! 🙌🏽

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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Time to Pray

I enjoy the opportunity away from my daily routine because I seem to have more time to reflect and pray. Sitting in the early morning with coffee and journal asking God, “What do You see about -this or that? How can I pray better for them?…” is one of my favorite eye-opening moments. 

He never fails to guide and direct me when I ask. This month I’ve been focusing on my husband. Here’s the list I’m using from “Pages” on this blog! Click on menu.

https://etheriedge.wordpress.com/pray-for-your-husband/
You can take this list one-a-day or do all at once.  But I promise: PRAYER ALWAYS CHANGES  THINGS! It changes me – it changes those I pray for – it changes circumstances OR the way I see them. We are never abandoned, never alone, never hopeless. Prayer is our weapon – these moments are our tools. 

In 30 years NOT ONCE, when I’ve asked (begged) God to change my heart and mind over something/someone (especially  my husband!) did He not do it. Better said: God has heard, He has seen, He has moved in each instance. And for the record, I ask A LOT.

It’s the little irritations that grow. The small frustrations I tend to feed. The negative attitude over someone’s behavior or an unpleasant situation that grows in my mind. Warning. Danger. Stop and pray. Ask for a new perspective and a softer heart. Even, “LORD, help, I need compassion here” or “Bring us connection and empathy, quick!” 

So many daily opportunities and all the access in the world.  Now that’s just unbelievably amazing! 

Thank You LORD, for providing for us a way to come to You any-time, any-place, silent or shouting, happy or sad, needy or simply and overwhelmingly thankful. You’re the BEST! 

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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Reconstruction

I’m watching a great lesson play out. Day after day on the island we visit, renewal is taking place. Destruction from hurricane Irma lies in every yard. Piece by piece homes are being cleaned up and put back together, walls fortified, new roofs attached. 

Hardier, sturdier. Concrete construction. All with the hope that they will stand through the next storm. The stronger homes remain. Those without solid foundation… barely recognizable.

So much like our God-stories. The ideas we had of Him (if any) as children became our spiritual foundation. Life experience or (for some) truths from His Word built walls. Personification of authority formed a roof -covering. This would be battered by “storms” and …stand or fall.

But it’s never too late to rebuild, renew, shore-up! We are never too old or too broken. God’s Word and His Spirit offer every tool needed to fortify our walls and roof. And a total reliance on all Jesus paid for our sagging shack is the firmest foundation yet!

Right here, right now, work can begin. Bit by bit, stone by stone. Speed of progress  depends on willingness to be reconstructed. Time consuming? Probably. Painful? Likely. Worth it? Absolutely!  

My biggest problems? Being patient and trying not to get in the way!

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Worried?

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are NEVER EVEN SEEN—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you?” from Matthew 6:30-33 MSG

Worry can come on so quickly! Creep up in the night or early morning. Fog the brain. Color the day. Sometimes there seems no rhyme or reason why today may have brought a terrible wrestling with trust and battle of the will.

Yet, Jesus said simple wildflowers are there to remind us… like small interruptions and tiny surprises in our path… saying, “GOD‘s near. Look, He cares.

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.” -more Matthew 6:30-33

Stop. Look around. Listen. Notice. Believe. Because He can be trusted. Then wait and see.

 “People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. 

I think GOD longs to show us His Glory! I think He waits for the opportunity to have our full attention. I think He’s thrilled when we truly and humbly want to know more of Him and about Him.

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out.” Matthew 6:30-33

It won’t be such a big hairy deal after all. We don’t have to have the answers, or even a strategy for making it work out. 

You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” ‭‭-the rest of Matthew‬ ‭6:30-33‬ ‭MSG‬‬

There can be rest… and peace… and trust in the midst. 

ForGlorySake! –Anna



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