Psalm 139

7th grade was my life-change year. 13, braces off, Jesus in 😉 and a new school ahead. Bless my mother’s heart she found a small Baptist one across town -Dekalb Christian Academy. I was public-school-kid out of water! And the lone Episcopalian to boot.

I had never heard of “sword drills” “honor systems” or “memory work.” My teachers fascinated me because they knew our names and our parents. They watched us at lunch break and cared if I was fitting it! Needless to say my previous middle school had been impersonal and chaotic.

This K-12 included Bible class and from day one I was hooked. We memorized Psalm 139 slowly over the whole year. My 1st verses I’d ever learn. I still remember them today – the KJV, completely beautiful and poetic. I remember reading those verses over and over wondering if they were really meant for me.

To know and be known… by God no less! Personally, intimately, down to my every word and thought before they even happened? It overwhelmed me and drew me in. These teachers really believed it and told us we could too. Could they have ever imagined the hope I put in their faith?

I wanted so much to have what they had.. what all the kids there seemed to have. I knew it had something to do with the Bible, so I began my quest and haven’t been disappointed yet! Secrets and treasures from 38 years of digging only spur me toward more. God is the God of Psalm 139, He knows me!

ForGlorySake! –Anna



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Lyme Disease & weight gain :/

Recently, through loads of research … We have read that the bacteria, Borrelia in Lyme Disease can damage a body’s Leptin receptors. In order to lose weight our bodies must to be “Leptin Sensitive” or they will just keep storing fat.

Leptin is a hormone produced in the body’s fat cells that tell the brain how much fat is stored. If you are overweight your Leptin should notify the hypothalamus and I hunger should cease and metabolism rev up. If you are underweight, hunger should increase and metabolism slow down.

For a person is overweight however, and still suffering a large appetite – especially craving carbs at night, these are signs your body has become “Leptin Resistant.” It’s just not getting the right message. 

How to reset: studies show changing eating patterns and proportions will reset leptin receptors. *No need to count calories. Just stick to some simple food lists, eat at certain times and count your grams 👍🏼👍🏼 A food App may help with this.

Here goes: *Eat as soon as possible when you wake up in the morning. Within 30 minutes is best. *Breakfast should be 25 grams or less of veggies, fruit and any complex carb! *50-75 grams of protein is the next challenge! *fats are good, especially coconut oil. *Avoid all sugars and *chemicals. No GMOs

You won’t eat again for 4 hours so play with the amounts to see what holds you. Your next 2 meals are a copy of the 1st with *4-5 hour stretches between and *after the last. Drink lots of water, tea, green tea, plain coffee (no creamer). *Stevia is ok.

*Workout daily after 5pm!!– *weight lifting is preferred or *yoga. No cardio!

23 foods to increase Leptin Sensitivity: ( …eggs, lean beef, pork, turkey, fish, oatmeal, whole grains, grapefruit, apples, broccoli, almonds, green tea, purple sweet potatoes, beans, olive oil, turmeric, elder berries, blue berries, blackberries, spirulina algae and sesame seeds, skim milk and low fat yogurt.

According to experts this will help our Lyme Disease patient 🙂 I’ll keep you posted… ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Solve It and Move On

I love solutions. Answers to questions. Quests that have an end. I don’t love continual research without results. Seeking and seeking that causes more questions. …Waiting to move on.

Yet God, leaves me in -the quest for knowledge and answers sometimes. Sometimes, He allows the wait so I can stew and think and decide. “Why am I so anxious for answers?”

Who is in control after all? Who is sovereign over every day -every life -every event. Who is after my good and my growth? Who knows all and sees all? And counts every hair? Who hold time in His hand? Even a sparrow’s life?

Can it be the same God that loves me so much, that He sent His Son to die for me? The One Who chose me before the foundation of the world? The One Who holds all the answers to all my questions?

And as He withholds and allows this waiting… I grow. My faith is being tested which brings perseverance. Never easy. Not much fun, yet a wealth of character is promised in return. Maturity in Christ just may be worth more than a quick solution and moving on. 😉

“Teach me to rest in You, LORD, when the answers are few and the discovery is long. I know You could solve it all quickly but the time waiting is for my growth. Guide my searching and show me when to just be still.”

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Aiming to Conquer

A recent personal study time:

The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:7 NET)

(Revelation 21:1-6 lists “these things”)

What is a conquerer? Dictionary says: it’s one who is victorious, one who overcomes… But what are we to overcome? Word-search “conquer” in Bible Apps (Lumina is a good one).

Clue: Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:5 NET)

So we are to conquer/overcome the world… but how? And what is the “world?”

Another clue: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 NET

Combating anything evil or wrong (the world) with good. Sounds like: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control, as Jesus did… and as I am able.

One more clue: And to the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations (Revelation 2:26 NET)

Yet, how can I continually act like Jesus?

Gold: “And they overcame and conquered (the Accuser) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death.” ‭‭REVELATION‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

 So it’s not an able-to-do-it-alone kind of journey. I need supernatural power through my belief in what Jesus accomplished, and a lot of prayer for boldness to speak up! I need His Spirit at full capacity in order to conquer-

Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:5 NET)

Conclusion: Starting with belief. Moving forward with love. Bold. Unafraid… persistent to the end. This is a conquerer!

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Is Why Ok?

…Is it ok to ask: Why is this happening? Why isn’t God doing something about this? Why can’t I make it different? Why does that other person’s life seem so easy? Why me?

David and I are reading a book on trusting God. It’s led to discussions regarding asking God “why?” Searching through scripture has assured us, because of Jesus, we can ask God anything -including why… just don’t get stuck there!

God is ALWAYS working behind the scenes in our life, especially where we can’t see. When our son was spiraling down and we finally realized drugs were to blame, God used an amazing rehab to draw him out and bring him back to a place where he could hear God’s call. God was behind all that was going on, working miracles we could not see.

He is ALWAYS after our growth and our good. Rest assured His plan of Glory is bigger! When we received David’s “cancer news” (years ago) God used every day and every hour to grow us and strengthen us as a family. The journey was very difficult and yet God did not waste anything, but used it all for His Glory and our good.

He deals with each of us individually, so its unfair to compare lives. Even our daughter’s struggle through Lyme Disease has been exactly the catalyst she needed for healing in other areas of her heart. The time trying to fight it out on her own, the forced surrender for help, her then willing surrender to God …has been a blessing to see! Our journeys appear different on the outside, yet His goal to make us useful is very similar.

There is ALWAYS a point. Even now, our family holds prayer requests toward God that remain full of questions and no seeming answers. Sometimes it is only a “trust now and see later” kind of thing. And knowing that HE IS GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER.

As to the question of “why me?” I say, “why not me?” Have Your way, LORD.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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What’s New with Lyme?

February 2018- This week I am ecstatic! I mean really happy… praising God… jumping for joy! Sarah has applied to return to college and finish her degree! Woohoo 🙌🏽

August of 2016 marked her withdrawal from University studies due to the “mystery illness” and March 2017 (6 months later!) marked her diagnosis of Lyme Disease/ beginning of treatment. October 2017 she was deemed “too low to treat further.” Lyme is measured by “bars” and her “7 out of 11” had moved to barely a 2!

She was soon allowed to try an old drug showing new results with autoimmune diseases: LDN (Low Dose Naltraxone) January 2018. In just one month she has slowly begun to come off her support meds (for dizziness, nausea and sleep). She is losing weight and having more energy.

I can not thank Dr. Berliner enough for diagnosing Sarah and allowing her to try LDN. His biggest concern has been that we were both hoping for it to work miracles 😉 The only side effect has been mild to strong food-aversion, depending on the time of day. All in all working some good things for her.

I say, however healing comes- God gets the credit!!! He has led and directed us along the way and we have learned so much! The months spent only make the rewards sweeter.  My daughter has renewed her faith and trust in the Lord ❤️ That alone has been worth the trial.

This was what I was praying for…

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Christian “karma”

Some folks in our lives can be difficult to deal with… Sometimes conflicts arise that ignite criticism and fault-finding. I was involved recently in one such “discussion.” I realized anew that when I dish it out, there is a strong principle at work that says, “be careful, you’re going to get it in return.”

…Now before you get the wrong idea, I am not promoting Hinduism or Buddhism and “a way of  living that determines what a person’s next life will be like.” Only the principal Jesus taught of sowing and reaping.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”

What I say today – matters. What I do toward others – holds weight.

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 

Planting love, joy, peace and patience  -makes a difference. Kindness (mercy), goodness, faithfulness and self-control please God’s Spirit. Gracious behavior brings life to me and when I testify my Hope in Jesus and that His Spirit enables me… I bring life to others.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 

When I do what is good, I can trust good results are coming. As I fight to speak the truth (in love!) and continue to generously love others, my return will be a harvest of blessings!

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians‬ ‭6:7-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Lord, guard my mouth and my actions. Help me not to pick on anyone’s faults and failures. Let me show grace and mercy. Help me to generously love others, all others- and especially those in my family 😉 !” 

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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