Hunger

No not because of the diet. Although I will say eating less takes effort …and more water and gum! Several times I’ve wandered to the pantry to see what’s there, stared blankly and realized whatever I thought I was looking for wouldn’t satisfy. I wasn’t even actually hungry, I just needed activity!

Sometimes I’m not sure what I need from God either, I just know I NEED (!) and He fills in the blank. He is there to meet all my needs, known and unknown. When my spirit is disturbed (for instance) for my kids and I don’t know how to pray -He does.

When I cry out He hears me and shows me promises in both the old and New Testament – promises for “His children” -descendants, grafted in, given the promises of Abraham as adopted children through His Son, because ALL the promises of God find their YES in Jesus! 2 Cor. 1:20

Hunger- true hunger leads us to the One: Who is, Who was, and Who is to come.

Hunger for God, hunger for His Word, hunger for His promises and you will be filled! He will break down the strongholds before you, He will give you treasures that come specifically in darkness, spiritual riches hidden in secret places -so that you, dear one, may know that HE IS GOD! Gum and water can be added … or not 😉

“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the riches stored in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:2-3 

  

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D I E T…

That 4 letter word… the thought of it makes me grumpy. But there is no more avoiding the fact that it’s time. No matter how healthy I eat, how carefully I choose, if I don’t watch how many calorices I take in – the scale creeps – in an unfriendly direction. 

5lbs I hardly notice but 10?? My clothes are tight. Groan. The dreaded moment comes. (New clothes? No) The scale. Everyone has fears/phobias, mine lies with that small square platform and dates back to years as a dancer suffering through “weigh-ins.” If you don’t know this trauma, imagine weighing publicly in front of your neighbors 😜 with added critiques.

On. Numbers noted. Done. No pouting. There will be no drama over cheese (I do love cheese). I will not to cry about less Lilly’s chocolate. I will be measured and patient and not rush the process. No pills or potions, just a cut down on calories and good ol workouts. 

“My Plate” is my favorite app for tracking what goes in and what comes off. It also tracks activities like walking and gives credit for cleaning the house and mowing! It helps me see when I need more protein and less carbs and encourages me to eat if I’ve gotten busy. 

All is well, the sun is still shining and I will survive…. even at 50. 

God is my strength ❤️ 

ForGlorySake! –Anna  

 Egg white/flax meal pancake with drizzled agave ❤️

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Anxious Thoughts

“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.”Psalm 94:19

Oh how I stress… worry, fret and think on things round and round. Seems some parts of the month are easy and joyful while others are harder and way more exhausting :/ (Hormones?)

God IS wonderful, Jesus IS awesome, and life IS full of His grace & redemption… but hard situations present and don’t resolve quickly. Sin brings pain to everyone and our enemy comes to kill and destroy. How do we hold to JOY in the waiting? 
ASK FOR IT! Ask now, ask tomorrow and continually seek things to think on that are: true, honorable, worthy of respect, right, confirmed by God’s word, pure, wholesome, lovely, bringing peace, admirable, of good repute; anything of excellence, anything worthy of praise!!! (Philippians 4:8) It takes effort. 
We must continually think on such things [center our minds on them, implant them in our hearts]. There goes my Netflix playlistRepetition breeds habit. What you feed will grow! Setting our mind above will lesson the heaviness of this earth. It does not change it, but there is hope to be found and areas to move forward in today. 
God will show you the way as HE does me, when you ask. We must seek. We must purpose to focus on the wholesome IF we truly want to find JOY. His comforts delight.

God is bigger than our anxiety.
ForGlorySake! Anna 

 

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Diagnosis

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

After 15 months, countless doctors (literally we do not have a list of all the urgent care folks) and medical bills, bills, bills… our daughter FINALLY received a diagnosis of advanced Lyme Disease and Mono

15 months! The list of symptoms is daunting, but the treatment is very doable- heavy antibiotics. We are praying for good response (!) and no residual damage after such a long time of rampant bacteria from this teeny tiny deer-tick bite. Mercy.

Why so hard to diagnose? Why so long? Why so many specialists that never checked for an autoimmune desease? We have all been so distracted by her eye-sight disturbances and vertigo… and she never showed any “rash” (a typical indicator). 

Btw The Mayo Clinic in November of 2016 just linked eyesight issues with Lyme Disease. 

So is God good? Does He have a plan for our daughter’s good? Can I trust Him with what’s ahead? 

For me, I can because of all He has done in the past. I have seen Him carry us through darkness before and from that darkness give us treasure. I choose to trust Him again, today, with this. He is my Hope, my Strength, my Life. 

I thank You, Father for even this and for caring for our child. You are the the LORD, the One Who calls me by name.”

ForGlorySake! –Anna

 

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Growth in 2017

I can’t say this year started off smoothly, but none the less it’s been good …because of growth- painful growth. Several transitions regarding our grown kids, brought us upheaval. This is necessary… this is right, but not easy. And I do like easy, but that’s just not God’s way. For some reason, He keeps us stretching and changing, striving for more of Him! ❤️

Being a parent with David has been absolutely wonderful. Best job I ever had! All of our children have brought us such joy -with challenges x10. When they were young I was physically exhausted, then  came mental exhaustion, yet I learned so much about God’s view of me and my deep dependence on Him.

 Parenting adult children has been a whole new game! I’m spiritually exhausted as so much of what we do for them is pray and offer guidance (when they are open). I thought we would be better prepared. I thought we would be all-wise and allknowing like our parents at this age!

Maybe they only seemed that way by simply pointing us back to Jesus for answers. Maybe we come off the same. I can hope, because truly Jesus IS the answer to every question: Is this for His Glory? Will this bring Him honor? Beyond these 1st questions, reading God’s word, praying, fasting and waiting will bring guidance.

And if your kids are not seeking God’s will? Then it’s your place to stand in the gap for them. Cover them in prayer and speak God’s word over their lives. Be bold, quietly pray where they live, fast for them and cry out to your Father; their Father. He created them and loves them more than you. Watch the LORD do great things!

And never forget you are not alone! We stand together

ForGlorySake! –Anna  

  

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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 by my kids. 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. For 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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