I Can Totally Live With That!

I think the thing I love the most about Jesus is the Hope He gives me. I have Hope for today and then all over again, I have Hope for tomorrow. Hope is what I crave… without it… life is just so… hopeless. 

I need to know there’s a chance things will work out for good. That there’s a chance I can change or learn or simply be better than before. I need at least the possibility that what I long for will actually come to be. I need the Hope that God hears my pleas and will answer me… even me, no matter my age, condition or status! 

Hope offers me all these through faith in Jesus. I dare to Hope because the Bible says: 

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)


“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NLT)

God is, God will, God does… for me and for you today and forever! Hope beyond Hope. I can totally live with that.

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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Me, a Professional?

Surely if you’ve done something repeadedly for 20+ years you’re considered an expert …of some sort. 

Plugging away at my new office job has granted me a fresh respect for the 9-5 workforce! There’s much to learn and I’m thankful for the daily help and patient willingness of others to explain each new task. I am gaining from another’s experience.

After 3 months, I may look like I know what I’m doing behind my desk, but I’m just starting out. On the other hand, many years of being a wife and mom have granted me the title, “Professional.” I actually have something I can teach on those subjects! If you’ve got years of marriage and motherhood under your belt- you do too!

We are Called Ambassadors, (long-time-married) Ladies. Ambassadors for God, just as Paul wrote in the New Testament, and we are commissioned to lead the younger women coming along behind us. 

We are exhorted to encourage “newer” wives and mom’s to do what is good, to love their husbands and children, to live wisely and shoot for purity, to care for their homes and live with respect toward their Honey’s. We are to lead by example.

This is a job where the yielded to God are truly considered Professionals. Both mistakes and successes are treasures of wisdom. Areas where we blew it can be avoided by another. Successes we enjoyed can be passed on as well. Our experience is valuable. It’s a gift to be shared.

I so appreciate the “older” women who’ve encouraged my motherhood and marriage along the way. I pray you’ll seek out and find a “younger” woman to invest in, someone you can bless with your rich professional expertise… :)

ForGlorySake! Anna   



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Little Princess

I remember the day she entered the world. How can a mother forget her 1st labor?! Literally this child -after we settled her from the rude “spank of life” -lay in my arms with eyes WIDE open, fingers and toes spread out! It is hilarious looking back… she took life in gulps from day 1!

The oldest, bless her or his heart, is none other than a guinea-pig. We parents cut our teeth on them, yet God creates them out of a tough material to withstand the trauma. Prince or Princess, they are special folk! Thankfully, I married one –he seems more qualified to go head to head with what we have produced.

It has been a challenge from “labor day” on to get our princess to conform to our plan. What a joy to finally be witnessing the outcome. You see, my husband and I are the ones changed! All that effort our little darling put into us has taken shape. …Of course, her siblings helped too.

I look now at a beautiful woman standing so strong, confident, eyes and hands still wide open, taking life in gulps, and I’m amazed at God’s patient and merciful plan. He does not leave any of us as He finds us… He never does. He transforms every willing person, every personality –for His Glory.

He is not finished with me… He is not finished with our family. Oh what a great God we serve!

“LORD, help us to recognize Your plan for each of our children and please continue Your transforming work in us.”

ForGlorySake! -Anna 


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Need a Re-do?

I walked my old neighborhood with a close friend. We reminisced about the former neighbors and many events that we had shared. Funny how it’s always the scandalous that stick out in one’s memory. No new news shared, but we did tend to harp on the more gossipy tales. 

Passing by our former address, I wondered how many folks remembered my family’s past… blunders, dramas, scandals??Believe me, there have been several! I was overwhelmed with thankfulness for our second chances and new beginnings. 

God is gracious with the re-do plan He offers. It’s not like anyone can ever go back and undo… or escape the natural consequences of foolishness, but He does offer a total wash from His end and a chance to start over fresh, today.

For that I’m truly grateful.

On my next lap around, I prayed silently for those same old neighbors and their stories. I asked God for Grace to cover them as He had so graciously covered us. I asked for a wonderful testimony from their past and a re-do on their future! 

After all my family is not some special breed- Mercy is there for the taking, extended to anyone willing to receive. Grace on top of grace-a gift. Hallelujah & amen!

ForGlorySake! Anna


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Gathering Together

My Tuesday Women’s Biblestudy has taken on marriage as a topic this fall. This has ignited great discussions of everything from how we survived the newly-wed years (poor and in school), to preparing for “empty nest syndrome” (complete with hot flashes!). 

We are each staunchly pro-marriage, but within that have found the freedom to say how tough creating a good marriage can be and the choices we’ve made along the way to keep this whole thing moving in a positive direction!

There are some scars among our tight-knit group, but lots to celebrate in the relationships we now have. And that’s been the Point! How do we find JOY in the now after all these years? What do we do with any lost expectations of how it should’ve gone? 

Life proves rather messy and surprising and if we aren’t careful to be reminded we may miss some of the incredible blessings that have come our way. Getting together in a group, sharing hurts and happinesses brings all the more to light. Shared stories remind us: we are not where we were… and we haven’t yet fully arrived… but there is Hope for change and always room to grow… with a good dose of JOY available in the process. 

God IS faithful, He is FOR our marriages and He has spelled out in His Word for us to gather together and encourage each other along the way. I pray you will seek out a group of women to share life with, it does make a difference. 



Me & my cousin Ashley❤️

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On The Move

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ NLT)
I’m sitting in the tire store waiting for new treds while thinking maybe we should go into the moving business. It’s due to all the sudden and repeated relocating of this crowd I call “family.”

2014 brought us moving my elderly parents OUT of their 50 yr old home and our family OUT of a 15 yr old home (both had lots of unnecessary junk, just saying)-conglomerating us all (but 1 grown child) INTO a wheelchair- accessable house where I could care for the bunch under one roof! …Our oldest kiddo bought and moved into his own little home near-by (proud parent moment).

A year and a half later: my parents have passed, another 2 children are off to colleges in other cities, our son is getting married and so, moving again is a must. In the midst of these home changes my husband decided to move to a new office location and now I’m working fulltime for him on-site!

After growing up in the same house for 18 yrs… whisking my children about seems really odd. Everything in me resists and yet as with many other transient families, there seems no way around yet another uproot.

Ahhh, the good news is God goes with us. Actually, He says that He goes before us -paving the way, smoothing the path, shedding His light. I can rest assure He’s directing these changes because I asked Him to and… because He loves me.

I’ve wished for written direction straight from heaven, but that’s not what’s come. Instead, He’s given instinct and timing and closed doors (I always pray for those!) and advice and even limitations (like financial etc). Those are super guides that I choose to believe He is directing. Options narrow down and “Voila” -we’ll be replanted in no time, ready to serve from a new base.

Change is never easy, but all things-even moves- work for our good because we love God and have been called for His purposes. 

Ok… now, bring on the boxes!

 My office in progress…  :)

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Opened Heart

I read a blog recently “To Whom Shall We Go? http://wp.me/p2cR0v-gq by Tindell Baldwin. She was stressing a bit over how to raise and protect her 2 young children. Her autobiography, Popular is a story of amazing grace, an excellent read for young women and mothers of young women! It fully shares a prodigal child’s run from strong family values and the love that eventually won her back.

I connected with this newest blog of hers because I have so been where she is with all of my precious kids. What mom doesn’t want to hedge-in and protect their babies? I remember stressing over schooling choices, my children’s peers, and even after-school activities. Which ones were healthy, which ones were “safe?” These are all great questions, but be forewarned, there is no perfect formula or plan that guarantees a smooth sailing ride. That free-will thing gets us every time.

Tuesday, I sat with my 2 oldest homeschool buddies. All our kids, now in public schools/colleges are nearly grown. We fought so hard when they were young to shield them. We taught, drilled and thoroughly prepared them as best we could to face the “world” with it’s temptations. Even so… I turned out 2 “strays.” ;) The thing is those are my extra special kiddos. They have humbled me (greatly) but also opened wider my narrowed vision. They speak a language that speaks clearly to kids like them. My once “prodigals” bring home other “prodigals” for us to love and share family with. My other children are far more gracious because of it.

Forrest Gump was right, life is (…even kids are) like a box of chocolates, they’re all different and you never know what you’re gonna get! It’s a wild and wonderful ride raising children. Hold on to your heart if they’re young, it’s just the beginning. Go ahead and by all means plan, prepare, and pour into them Jesus x10!!! But watch and see what happens, because God is supremely creative and He poured His massive creativity into His finest creature- man. Marvel at the differences, God’s showing His handiwork!

He promises however, that no good foundation is ever lost or good effort (unto the LORD) wasted… NOT EVER! That thing God said about train up a child in the way they should go… is really true. They do come back around especially when they’ve been shown the way. If you’re in the shoes of “waiting for return,” I’ll pray with you for sooner, rather than later. Please remember God is faithful and His lost-and-found kids have been given special rights and privleges to reach other lost kids. You’ve raised someone extra special!

Looking back now, I wouldn’t change a heart-wrenching thing (… I may not have said that 3 or 4 years ago!!) My family is who it is today because of all the past mess and chaos. And I am who I am today, because of how they painfully stretched me. It was in the tearing that my heart opened.

ForGlorySake! – Anna

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

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