I AM GOD & there is NO other 

I need it again. Reassuring. This and that seem so out of control!…  How silly to even say that! It’s always out of my control! Yet God is always in control. He is Master, Creator, sustainer, watcher, protector, healer, listener, knower, reworker.

It happens over and over, from day to day- I need reminding: GOD is GOD and there is no other. 

Soul: Stop fretting. Stop freaking. Be still. Look up. Close your eyes. Breathe. Breathe again. Make a gratitude list. Praise Him for everything on it. Praise Him for listening. Praise Him for Jesus who cleansed, so We can be received!

Mind: Take a minute. Take an hour. Listen. Journal. Sing. Focus on the long and wonderful witness called His Word. Read it. Listen to it. Soak it in. Receive the Life. Chew.

It amazes me that truthful, clear thinking takes discipline and purpose. I must chose joy. I must chose real Hope. I must chose Who to listen to.

And then… I must chose again.

““But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD. “You are my servant. You have been chosen to know Me, believe in Me, and understand that I alone AM GOD. There is no other GOD— there never has been, and there never will be.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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The Shift…

I feel it when I wake up this morning. It was there ever so slightly yesterday …or maybe the day before. It’s lighter outside at 6:30. I’ve been hearing birds singing early. The day still has a chill, but the sun is brighter. I can see small (!) changes in my yard. I sneeze a few times mid-afternoon and am reminded to take the tiny white tablet that slowly builds up in my system before the pollen accumulates and causes me trouble.

It’s happening- slowly, slowly. The birth of a new season. Only the beginnings. But here in the south it doesn’t take much. It won’t be many weeks before green things show.

It’s the way of God also. Just when all seems bleak and hopeless… joy comes. Quietly, softly, hearts change. And then you see something different, something new -that wasn’t there before. He’s been working (knitting) behind the scene. Using everything. That’s His way! To reveal miracles of new life and new growth.

As I wait, I will see life. A shift is coming!

ForGlorySake! –Anna 

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Examining My Heart

King David seemed to have great assurance of his heart’s loyalty and purity. He even asked God to test him and see that he was unlike the ungodly:

“Examine me, and probe my thoughts!  Test me, and know my (anxious) concerns!  See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path!”  (Psalms 139:23/24 NET)

When I read this I think, “God already knows my thoughts, my anxieties and where I try to be Boss… It’s really me who needs to see more clearly where I’m veering off the true path!” Kind of a scary prayer to pray – “Lord, show me my idolatrous ways.”

However, Paul encourages: “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.” ‭‭(2Corinthians‬ ‭13:5 ‭MSG‬‬)

So – I’ve been praying to see… and God has been faithful to show. 3 times in the last week my eyes were opened to some ugly truth: I heard what I wanted to hear, I didn’t ask God if I should do thus-an-such, I just went and did it anyway. All were fairly subtle things, but all brought unnecessary chaos for myself or others. Just because I played Boss.

I don’t mean to say I can’t think for myself, or that I should live life fearfully, stressing over every detail, but if on the other hand, I find myself having to “explain” my actions to others or “not wanting to the tell the details” (especially to my husband)… unacknowledged red-flags are flying!

Taking a Personal Inventory is just one of the things I really appreciate about The 12 Step Program. Our son introduced us to this years ago and his continual self introspection/evaluation prompts me to do the same. It’s a good process, because seeing someone else’s “specks” is always easier than our own “log”…

“Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation].” ‭‭1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Thank You, Lord for helping me evaluate my words and actions. You always show me where I’m not hitting the mark. I want to follow the reliable ancient path Jesus laid out. And… I’m forever grateful for Your forgiveness!  🙂

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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It only takes one…

“Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, and [she, together with] her maidens walked along the river’s bank; she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid [to get it], and she brought it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. And she took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”” ‭‭EXODUS‬ ‭2:5-6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Who was this woman who raised Moses and defied a world-ruler’s order? Out of deep compassion she risked her life for a crying child. Adopting an outcast during her country’s genocide of male slaves? Just how did she think this was going to play out?

I can’t imagine what her “attendants” thought. Were they shocked, horrified, terrified? Did she think she could hide the baby among her family? Pass him off as her own? A daughter of Pharoah, she was only one of many children, of many wives belonging to a king worshipped as a god.

God used the compassion of one brave woman after another to save the life of baby Moses. The Hebrew mid-wives, his own mother, Pharoah’s daughter, and even Moses’ sister, Miriam, played a part. Each took pity. Each made one choice… to protect a life, allowing it to simply continue.

And what a life it became!

I pray God will honor every woman who has done something similar. The laying down of your own self (time, energy, money, dignity, plans, security…) in whatever way, for another human is a Glory to God! -the Creator of EVERY precious soul. 

Thank you! You inspire me. And may God richly bless you during this January, Sanctity of Life Month.

ForGlorySake! -Anna 

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Comparing Originals

God is so incredibly creative that spots and stripes on animals have different and original patterns. Each snowflake is unique and each one of us too. Why, oh why, then do we mercilessly compare ourselves to each other??

I have used comparing as a guide to see how I’m coming along… Am I making progress? Gaining ground? Will what I’m working on so hard eventually succeed? Not too bad -other than I was comparing myself to another person’s accomplishment, instead of simply competing with myself.

Too quickly I have sized things up, deciding on failure because I have not been given the same tools as this “other one,” Then wallowed feeling sorry for myself. How utterly silly! When would I learn: I am an original! 

What a mess of time I wasted trying to be someone else instead of finding Joy in my original design and what I had been given to use. Perspective is everything!A man felt sorry he had no shoes, until he met a man who had no feet.”- old proverb.

When adrenaline races through my veins as I meet a total stranger and listen to their story and sense exactly where they need encouragement …. I realize that is a gift my Creator gave to me to use for His Glory! Everyone has been equipped, but each box of tools looks different.

The fun is in figuring out your gifts, the JOY is in -going and using them for God!!!

ForGlorySake! -Anna

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and when you don’t see change…

Free will means life has choices. Choices mean consequences. And consequences are hard to watch. Especially when someone’s bad decisions affect you. The whole process can be heart-wrenching from the outside. It’s always easier to see another’s mis-steps and how they could’ve done differently.

And when they don’t (won’t) listen?… when they choose for themselves “the hard way”... and you’re so frustrated and grieved and worried and distressed? What can you do then?

As we watch… as we wait… God watches with us. He has the sovereign position of knowing just where to push, and just how to prod – always offering help – if wanted. Those Everlasting open Arms, waiting and working on our behalf, on their behalf.

And He does let me participate too! I have seen my prayers intervene with supernatural protection! I have seen my prayers open the door to Grace! I have seen my prayers bring divine guidance! Even when the heart was hard and cold. God has allowed my prayers to make a difference.

GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.”‭‭ Lamentations‬ ‭3:25-30‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Wise words from the wisest book. God stays Ruler through it all. Hot or cold hearts. Free-will gone right or wrong. And we are allowed – even asked to take a hand through prayer. Never without tools, we’ve been given knees and voices to cry out through His Spirit for our loved-one’s lives.

It’s not over, hang in there!

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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El Shaddai

I remember the Amy Grant song from when I was 11. Being a new Beliver, my cousin gave me this album (real vinyl). She was right, I memorized every song and loved it.

God having names has always fascinated me. I’ve searched and studied as many as I can find. El Shaddai is one God calls Himself! “I AM El Shaddai, walk (hitpael) before Me and then you will be blameless.” Genesis 17:1

Since God threw it out there, man has had to decipher the meaning, the closest being: “The Source” or “God-Sovereign King.” Including the aspects of: fertility giver (blesser of womb & breast), protector of life; having power over life (Judge).

The word “hitpael” literally means to walk back and forth, to live out one’s life. Sounds like life to me – rushing here and there, over and over. And God tells Abraham in this passage just do that, with the awareness that it’s all from Me and before Me. Because I AM and there is no other…

I AM the Giver of your life (everyone’s life), I AM the Sustainer and Protector of  life, I AM the Ruler and Judge of life… simply believe that I AM.


 “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.” ‭‭James‬ ‭2:23‬ ‭

“God’s friend” just for believing. I want that.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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