So Very Personal

I feel GOD. I see Him. I hear Him. Daily. How? I think it’s because I’m looking for Him… expecting, waiting. And maybe it’s because I’m more about emotions and senses -not as big on factual evidence. Whatever it is, I take it as a gift.

My husband is so opposite. Very factual and analytical. He’s the thinker, skeptic, tester. Sometimes he doubts. I live with joyful confidence. We balance each other. He needs my childlike, (sometimes blind) faith and I need his cautious wisdom!

Either way GOD makes Himself known to each of us and I find that quite amazing. GOD knows how to reach the skeptic and the waiting. He uses us in each other’s life. He is so very personal and forever able. 

That brings me peace when I talk with or pray for anyone. GOD knows them, in their deepest parts. He will use our words and actions in their life for His Glory! In this, you can borrow my faith. When we offer ourselves for His purposes, He will not waste the opportunity.

Wait and see. Anticipate the adventure. Admire the differences around you. Know that GOD is personally active and aware of y o u.

ForGlorySake! –Anna



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Copies

Recently I began copying my own art pieces for others. I could not bare to part with the originals. Actually I am a copy-cat to start with: I see something I love, photograph it and then try to paint. I have no formal training and have come to realize I don’t do anything “right.” But I have fun and enjoy my art.

As hard as I have tried, nothing comes out exactly the same. I’ve used a light up magnifying glass to see details and still I can not recreate the exact same effect. Even when I am copying my own work! It has been a blaring lesson from God (to me) that He never does the exact thing twice either.

Not in people, not in ministry, not in how the Spirit guides a person… especially not in raising and molding children. He lays out the guidelines and uses similar tools but the effect is different on different personalities. We are so very very unique.

I love our uniqueness! I love God’s creativity! I love being the only me and you being the only you! He is the Master Creator Who needs no copies as each of us fulfills a one-of-a-kind role and place in His Kingdom. I don’t understand how it all works -but He does, and that’s enough.

“God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what He is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a Holy Temple built by God, all of us built into it, a Temple in which God is quite at home.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:19-22‬ ‭MSG‬‬

How cool is that?! ❤️❤️❤️

ForGlorySake-Anna


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Just Like That

Just like that, it’s happened again. Before I could fully grasp it, another of these babies God gave me has become an adult! 18, out of school and off to college. It’s our 4th born this time headed toward the diploma ceremony -in less than a week!

I’ve had the rare and wonderful opportunity of driving our last 2 to school every day this year. I watch as they walk into high school each morning. Sometimes I snap a photo. These are treasures and reminders to me of how time flies.

Precious moments that have run into years, leave me marveling. I am so very thankful for the people my kids have become.  All strong-minded men and women who know they came from and belong to God.

In many ways the journey is just beginning. It is far from complete! Even David and I at 51 are still being changed by our kids’ challenges, growth and maturity. We feel so honored to be a part of their lives. It is a gift.

Every victory, every struggle, every heartache, and every prayer over them has been worth it… ALL of it! God has made something beautiful -for His Glory in and through family. It is a reflection of His relationship with us and it is such a JOY to witness.

ForGlorySake!-Anna

Congratulations Rebekah!

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Plausible Outcomes

The newest Avenger’s movie owns one of my favorite scenes where Dr. Strange uses his ability to time-warp, viewing all possible outcomes to a seemingly impossible situation. He states …”in only one we survive.”

It makes me laugh because I do something very similar. I run through potential scenarions… as if I could possibly see future outcomes, then pray: “God, this has to go this one way or all will be lost! Disaster is sure.” 

How annoying to God this must be since He truly can see the future and any and every potential outcome. Better yet, He sees His Own intervention in each one… displaying His Glory and His Will! 

God is not reliant on human decisions to have His overall Will come about.

Yes, He allows us our free choice, but His overarching Will –will be done. God has a plan for His people and His earth and it will happen. I don’t need to freak out that I can’t  imagine how. My Father already has! Nothing throws Him for a loop or takes Him by surprise. He is not in need of my panic.

And therein lies total peace and trust in a God Who sees ahead, knows fully and can work in the midst of the worst human decision-making. He’s got this! He’s got you! 

His will be done in our lives (that’s the prayer that never fails)!

ForGlorySake! –Anna

 

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Becoming the mom I want to be…

Believe it or not after 24 years of “mothering” I still haven’t fully arrived! It’s an on-going, ever-changing job – this motherhood business. Mostly because our children keep changing.

There were the baby & early years where it was all about responding and chasing. My husband and I just tried to keep them alive and thought EVERYTHING our kids did was amazing and funny. A physically exhausting season but always rewarding.

Then came so much growth (!), with hormones and attitudes. These parenting years reached into adolescence and were emotionally taxing. We aimed to guide, pray over and discipline our crew as necessary… it was always necessary 😉

Now we enter their adult years -which are proving to be a joy and a rollercoaster with lots of “praying for them.” They are such fun-loving people who bring in more people and fill up the house. They have their own ideas and hopes and dreams. Sometimes watching can be scary or heartbreaking because the cost is so high, but oh the thrill when they chose God over themselves!

This ride through all the peeks and deep, deep valleys has been THE BEST JOB EVER! I wouldn’t trade one moment (although there are a few I’d like to re-visit). I love the growth-opportunity here, I love the environment to continue learning and I love the thought that there is more ahead to experience!

“Thank You God for making me a mom. Thank you David for making me a mom, thank you kids for making me a mom and for sticking with me until God makes me all I am to be!”

ForGlorySake! –Anna


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Big Picture

Sometimes the road we’re on is so messy and inconvenient and seemingly senseless. “It’s just taking too long to get anywhere or produce anything!”

And then after months (or years!) of going along, doing what’s next – a tiny crack opens up. Like when you peek through a door-jam trying to make out images. Things slowly change, maybe even uncomfortably so, because you’ve gotten used to the messy and the senseless.

Shapes, colors, order – all come into focus and before you know it… a puzzle takes shape. For me it’s like painting. I see what I want to create. I sketch and begin. It’s not until the last hour or last day that others can finally begin to see what I imagined originally.

Is it any wonder God does something similar? Moving, shifting, aligning circumstances. Using daily events over time to shape our futures, all the while perfectly setting us up for His sanctification of our stubborn wills. 

Ahhh His Grace. His mercy. His loving- kindness. Never wasteful, never useless! If I will only yield, He has instore for me purpose and productivity, beauty for ashes, true joy after weeping.

A “masterpiece” of His doing❤️

ForGlorySake! –Anna



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Audacious Asking

Ask, Seek, Knock. My basic formula for a life walking-with-God. He calls, I answer…. and then I have lots and lots of questions! And the amazing thing is? He keeps calling me. Ha

But it’s ok to ask. It’s even commended in Jesus’ story of the persistent friend (Luke 11:8-9). “Persistent” here is a Greek word anaideia. Having the idea of boldness, audacity, even shamelessness –in making requests (of God)! And I am.

When I talk to Him, I persistently bring up collected and recorded promises from all over His Word (in every version) as if they are all mine to gather. Like exquisite flowers from some unearthly garden. I ask shamelessly and hope audaciously

And He continues to fuel my obsession. The current Biblestudy I’m devouring is Beth Moore’s, Quest, a journal style workbook. Its got me digging and unearthing things, I’m sure I’ve dug and unearthed before, but now with new questions.

I just L O V E  that about God!!! His bottomless-ness and widthless-ness is absolutely irresistible to me. I can’t seem to get enough of Who He is and what He wants to say to me. It’s the OCD I pray I’ll never lose!

The more I discover, the more I want to know. Especially little serendipities like- “this verse is saying something very specific to me today, I didn’t say yesterday.”  That’s just crazy cool. Alive, active, sharper than a scalpel.

Some days there are not enough hours available for me to drink in all that I want, and yet tomorrow offers another chance to ask and seek and knock boldly at my Father’s door.

ForGlorySake!-Anna

“So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. (Luke 11:9 NET)

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