Warning Signs

Several times I have parked in the same “visitor spaces” at my son’s apartment complex. They appeared to be safe even for downtown Atlanta. Until… my car window was smashed, damaging my door and briefcase was stolen along with another bag. 

I stood staring at the green/blue safty-glass crumbles all over the ground. Where had I seen those before?? It dawned on me… in the very same space only weeks before. Never had I consider it was from a car window! Now it had happened to me. 

Interesting about Warning Signs, they are usually right in front of us but don’t always come with large letters printed on the wall. It happens daily: obvious warnings are put before us, however, we chose to ignore that “it could happen to us” or that “indulging this once” will have any negative effect.

The Bible is full of warnings and encouraging(s) God put them there to guide us to a better and more fulfilling life. This is why I read and study those precious Words. I have been Justified by Christ but I still need Sanctification every day. 

Justification—the action of God declaring me righteous in his sight. Sanctification—the process of my becoming more like Jesus.

It’s in God’s Word I’ve learned (for instance…) going to bed angry (again and again) over anything only causes it to fester -and- running with wise people brings wisdom, but hanging with fools leads to disaster. There are pages and pages more… 🙂

“Lord, help us to be wise and see the signs You place in our paths, then, use the wisdom You’ve given us to heed those warnings. Thank You again for Your rich encouraging Word.”

ForGlorySake! –Anna

  “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭

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A Plunder of Blessings

“The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:36‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I was reading Exodus and realized, too many Christian parents (like myself) find their children taken by the enemy. As the children of Israel that were enslaved in Egypt: ideals become subtly transformed from values once held dear and before we know it, lives are violently hijacked. Too dramatic? Believe me, it happens.

Fearful times for a parent! Heartbreaking for most. After all, we strive hard to help our kids avoid the dumb mistakes we (may have) made. We want so much more for them!! True peace and happiness, however, only come from obeying God. For my children, mere words haven’t always cut it. They’ve wanted their own opportunity with trial and error
Did I want this for them? No. Did I try to stop it? Yes. It’s such a hard thing for a momma to watch. But… there is always Hope!
It has been in the slavery (or bondage) that a knowledge was gleaned. A knowledge, much like plunder, that is actually useful later. Just as Daniel was trained in the ways of Babylon and Joseph as an Egyptian, God can and will work everything for His Glory. Experiences become gold when offered to God. After the refining, after the Return, they are useful with others who are still chained.
As parents we plan for the best, but we must prepare for the worst. Equip, train, and remember that even Israel grew a hard heart. And if you find yourself there… Don’t despair dear one. Don’t grow weary while doing good! God CAN make a way when there SEEMS to be no other way. Read Esther again. And He is able  to use even the rebellion of His children… for His GLORY -for His good!
Be assured, there is Hope on the other side!
ForGlorySake!-Anna

  

 

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Yes You Can!

Too many times I have thought, “I can’t do this” or “I can’t make it through that” or “I’m just not strong enough.” And yet I did, and I have, and I am… because Someone bigger gave me courage. 

When my mom was suffering with the effects of Hydrocephalus and especially after my dad’s death, she would tell me day after day, “I don’t want to do this anymore, I can’t do this, I’m all finished.” I would say again, “You are stronger than you think, you are braver than you know.” 

My mom was a grounded Christ Follower, full of God’s Word. She had walked with the LORD for a long time. I knew He who was in her was greater than anything else. She just needed reminding. The courage to continue was in her Spirit, God had placed it there. 

 I have felt the same way. Sometimes life just feels all hills going up. Difficulty and obstacle, frustration and confusion. You just want a break or a break-through, but it’s climb, climb, climb. This may be more for me than for you, but… “you are stronger than you think, you are braver than you know.” 

There is an Unseen One beside you, climbing with you. He is your Shield and Strength. He is your Deliverer and Protector. He has put the courage to continue inside your Spirit. 

We are afflicted in every way, but not
crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

And

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,”               ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

ForGlorySake –Anna

  
A little foggy

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Pieces

Lots of changes have come with 2017. Changing of jobs, schools… and even some ideals. Sounds messy. Looks messy. I’m just tying to be a good listener to my adult children and keep up with the flow -find my new pace. 

Parenting as they grow older is a far cry from the younger years. For the most part, our “kids” make their own plans now and we are simply informed. This is as it should be – afterall our goal was to promote their independence.

We want them to think for themselves and make their own choices, but I’ll warn you, deconstruction and re-construction of “taught values” can all be part of this process. 

Sometimes all I can see are the steps along the way: the pieces… messy… scattered… random. Yet God is there for us and for them! He has the directions to the plan to create a masterpiece of their life, heck He wrote them. 

For now, I listen and pray and offer advice when asked… trusting God with the outcome that will please  Him. This goes beyond what I want, what I hope for… it’s about God’s desires and His timing. 

Oh, how I wish I could sit each one on my knee again and rock them while I sing about Jesus, yet I know It’s locked in their heart. God never wastes anything.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

 

Broken glass

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Fixing My Mind

…as I wash the dishes and wonder if they are really getting clean with only cold water. 

…as we wait on the plumber finally coming today to assess the broken hot water tank and whether the home warranty will cover its replacement.

…as we make the leap to non-traditional “health-share coverage” for our family.

… as we pull our well adjusted bio-chemical engineering student from his loved college and place him in another to help with expenses.

…as we venture into a new partnership at work.

…as we wait… for yet another medical test for Sarah to see if anything can be done.

…as I ask God what He would have me do/pray for others and not just my family.

My mind swirls around and around until I re-read Isaiah 26:3.

Worry stops there.

 “…perfect and constant peace because my mind is stayed on Him.”

I pray you find it too❤️

ForGlorySake! –Anna

  

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Influence

When I was a young girl I thought I could possibly change the world. First from inside the ballet realm (dancing or teaching), then later by being a mom. It didn’t play out as I invisioned, but I did and do have influence.

“My kids” both birthed and taken-in have become my greatest opportunities for global change. These gifts from God have offered me chances at unconditional love. And my small investments have created huge dividends! 

I can not begin to count the impact that hugs, a safe environment and a listening ear have given. To hold someone’s hand and genuinely tell them of my hope and faith in Jesus, didn’t make all their troubles go away, but it did offer a Hope I live with daily.

To live fully and freely before others (mess and all), has had an impact. These few took the idea and ran with it! Their lives look different than mine, yet the circle keeps growing. Influence begets influence. And I’m proud of the   love I see perpetuated.

God will use our imperfections offered to Him. Our love invested. Our Hope shared. Take a look around you and see your influence

ForGlorySake! –Anna 

 

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Year of Experiences

December is here again… another year winding down. Days and weeks have passed stuffed with experiences. More joys and concerns than I can count and continually bring before God. 

His faithfulness astounds me, yet not all my questions have been answered. I can’t even claim closure in most areas… just hope. Hope for a new year and that direction will come. Direction about what to do next. Maybe even solutions.

“And if not? He is still good.”

The story I posted of missionary Helen Roseveare touched me deeply, because of her reaction to being raped while serving God as a doctor in remote Africa. 

When she cried out, wrestling with God over His allowance of this horror, He replied:

“Can you thank ME for trusting you with this experience- even if I never tell you why?”Her answer… yes.

That’s the bottom line. Will I trust Him with my (much smaller) experiences too? With all that’s come from 2016? With what’s ahead for 2017? The good, the bad, the ugly? Past – future – present… 

Yes. Because God remains the same. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He sees the end from the beginning and only He can (and will) use everything. 

ForGlorySake! –Anna 

 No filter, December sky

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