“Oh, be careful little eyes…”

I used to sing the song to my kids, “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see…” It would remind me every time I turned on the TV or radio that they were also ingesting whatever I was playing. It made me more sensitive to my choices.

We found out early on that some of our children would have nightmares from the simplest of cartoons – and end up in our room in the middle of the night! For their sake the rest didn’t even watch Scooby Do!

I remember neighborhood families mocking our older kids for “not being allowed” to do such-and-such 🙁 But that’s what family does! We sacrifice for the sake of the others; we love ’til it hurts sometimes.

Little did I understand that even my afternoon news show had stressed a particular child out… It was just too much sadness for them and I didn’t realize the weight involved until we decided to ditch cable (BEST decision ever) in 2014. Ugh.

All that to say, as parents, we discovered what smoothly sails past one – could cause another to stumble. And love says: I will bend to your need for peace at the expense of what I find entertaining.

It did not hurt any of us to turn off a movie, or TV show, or simply not bring that magazine into the house… while to do so hurt another. Too sensitive? I think not. I have my weak points as well. Did we love too much? Impossible.

God asks us to love God 1st and others next… to think on things above… to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with Him… that temptation will come but woe to the one through whom it comes…

“…For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see”

Help me remember this, LORD.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

Philippians 4:8

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Why so disturbed soul? Put your Hope in God.

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.” -Corrie ten Boom

These are precious words I seem to forget with a day turns all higgldy-piggldy. ” Sooner or later I’m reminded however, He’s with me… even in this.

Car trouble, unexpected bills, dying refrigerators don’t hold a candle to another soul’s loss of hope… loss of direction… loss of faith… these are the biggest and hardest to wade through for me. No quick fix, no easy words can sooth.

I had such a day yesterday, and I felt shaken and heartsick, but running to my “closet” and falling on my knees, I told God everything He already knew. Asking Him to intervene. I was reminded in a very tangible way, only a short time later, that He heard me, He was all over it, and on the job.

Hope was not lost. I could rest because this battle is not mine but His. Oh what a great -big -glorious God we serve, Who cares about our cares and listens to our concerns. Reaching into the middle of a day and shedding light on a shaken heart.

Silly me- Don’t trust in what you see, trust the one Who brought you a Savior, Who has all the answers… your Solid Rock!

ForGlorySake! Anna

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White like snow?

We just had our deck resurfaced! A much needed repair, as it had become dangerous with popped-up nails and boards… sometimes you just wait too long. How wonderful it was to return from vacation and walk out onto a new deck!

Suddenly I realized, however, that the old railing looked anything but white. So, I set out to paint and it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do ❤️ All the cracks and scars covered over like magic. You can’t even tell that I painted over a few dead bugs and spider web pieces.

Isaiah 1:18

Come, let’s consider your options,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins have stained you like the color red,

you can become white like snow;

though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet,

you can become white like wool.

When God cleanses us from our sin, it’s not a white-wash, it’s a total redo… through and through. In His loving eyes my “dead bugs” are completely gone, as well as all cracks, scars, and old webs! I am made NEW in His Image.

But, what an amazing thought that He didn’t stop there. He is in the business of making my life match what He has already accomplished in me spiritually! I am being remodeled bit by bit: to think like Him, to love like Him, to serve others like Him.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

My life (how I do things) in exchange for Jesus. How is this possible? Who would ever have the patience to take on such an exhausting project? Who would have the vision to see the possibilities? Who would have the faithfulness to stick it out?

Only my God! He Can, He Will, He Does. Why?… you know,

ForGlorySake! – Anna

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The heart of the matter

I love finding hearts: on sidewalks, in fruit, in a stain or a rock shape! They remind me of God’s love for me or anyone looking. He’s always out for my good… if only I will take notice.

Apparently God looks for hearts everywhere too. Hearts that wonder about His existence and those that actively seek Him… hearts that deny Him and those that pridefully reject Him. He sees them all.

2 Chronicles 16:9 Certainly the LORD watches the whole earth carefully and is ready to strengthen those who are devoted to him.”

Reading through chronicles 1 & 2 I’ve been struck by how many times it is recorded whether or not the heart of a person was – set on wholeheartedly seeking God or against turning toward Him.

God notices. He records it.

I hope my heart is always found seeking Him, longing for Him. I hope I will be found encouraging others to look for Him and believe in His goodness. May I be a heart found at any time and in the most unusual place – as something beautiful for my LORD to discover.

I hope it makes His day… just like it does mine ❤️

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    I’m the one

    I’m the one who gets to hear their hearts, share their joys, carry their sorrows.

    I’m the one who gets to say “good-morning” and “goodnight,” with a kiss and a hug.

    I’m the one who has the privilege of praying over them every day in every way. Near or far, they’re close in prayer.

    I’m the one who gets to bless them, encourage them, tell them their incredible, valuable worth in Christ!

    This is the best job I’ve ever had: hoping all things, enduring all thing, loving through all things… motherhood ❤️ Right up there with being a wife. I could not ask for richer riches!

    I am blessed -blessed -blessed, to be the one.

    ForGlorySake! –Anna

    Pre-Amelia (+Lydia for good measure)

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    Lyme Disease Update

    Post SOT (6 weeks) Sarah:

    Systemic Yeast believed to be killed (after 5 IV infusions)

    Some weight loss has occurred

    Swelling going down from extremities 1st

    Fewer sick days

    Fewer low-grade fevers

    1 throw up in 3 weeks

    Started making plans again

    Laughing again!

    Feeling like “she can”…

    Has Hope for the future!

    -Heart still races randomly

    -Trouble sleeping still

    -constant dizziness (carsick feeling)

    SOT- immunotherapy for Lyme Disease

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    IN everything… FOR everything

    Be thankful is a clear mandate in God’s Word! Besides who is to be thankful I’ve been pulling verses to help me know: when and what for and how and where to be thankful…

    Who gives thanks?

    Paul’s Prayer (in Colossians 1:9-12) asks God: fill the believers with spiritual wisdom, understanding, good fruit…joyfully giving thanks to God as qualified-saints.

    When and What for?

    Always giving thanks to God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:20)

    In everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 (Thessalonians 5:18)

    How?

    (Besides joyfully)… There should be no vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4)

    Where?

    (Everywhere)… And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

    Why?

    But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:57)

    As Your saint, LORD, help me always to be joyfully-thankful in and for everything, by thought, word and action, because of the Victory You have given me in Jesus!🙌🏽

    ForGlorySake! -Anna

    My girls❤️❤️❤️

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    Finding the Joy-Way

    I have Peace

    I have Joy

    “How is that even possible?” My youngest asked.

    Because I know – I can rest assured, God is out for my good today, each day, even in “this” -whatever is happening.

    How did I get to this place?

    Life experience, walking with Him through mess of all sorts. He has never left me. He has continually held me up. He has brought amazing life-changing blessing from every incident: good and bad.

    I don’t have to worry anymore (although that is a natural/normal first response!) It’s easier to redirect after a moment or so.

    There is a Joy-Way to live, moment by moment, day by day. Through grief, through loss, through waiting, through sickness, through recovery, through darkness. He loves me. He cares for me. He’s listening to me. He wants my good so I can trust Him.

    What about when He’s not answering, He doesn’t show me what to do or I can’t find what I’m looking for?,” she asked.

    Then I rest that He’s working and there is a better way coming. Just do the next thing and trust.

    “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7) Amplified-

    up & down we go 😉

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    He Does Restore!

    I waited so long… 7 years in-fact. Not as long as some, but it sure felt long to me. My “right hand, little brain (-before smart phones), organizing-helper” pushed away somewhere around 16 years old.

    It was, as they say, a slow fade. So frustrating for any parent. Growth and change are necessary, but hard. Especially when you realize an unseen shift or division has taken place. I tried several things: conferences, “dates”, heart-to-heart talks, counseling. Prayer, prayer, prayer…

    But there was a barrier I could not get past. And life was increasingly and overwhelmingly full!! It was as if I were being pulled away… until suddenly realizing a treasure had been lost in the process. My daughter’s friendship. Tragic.

    So, I began fasting regularly . And seeking promises of “return & renewal.”

    God answered. In His time. In His way. He has answered ALL of my pleas and more! He gave me my daughter back x10. More than I even dared ask for or imagine. Richer, stronger, deeper is our bond.

    I understand the reasons now…we have shared our hearts and minds. It all makes sense, but it isn’t easy to look back.

    Instead we have both decided to simply trust Him with the past and praise Him for the future. He will not allow anything to be wasted or go unused to His Glory! That I will tie to. That I will look for daily. God IS good and He does restore. Praise Him!

    ForGlorySake! –Anna

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    2nd time around: Eat To Live!

    Here we are still in the Lyme struggle, post SOT Therapy and deep into Sarah’s new journey with a Naturopath Center. Wow! We have come a looong way since her 2014 rash and 2016 crash (health-wise) 😱

    It’s all been a process with steps in the right direction… slow… but steady. We are much wiser and more knowledgeable on this disease. Who would’ve thought she would be asked to run such a marathon? But God uses all things for His Glory! – and so everyday becomes a looking out for such 🙌🏽

    As far as change goes? I see progress in her physically… less sick days since SOT, and more energy, laughter, future plans. General numbers are better, but detailed testing won’t be for a while.

    In the meantime, Sarah (& I) accepted the “42 day challenge” in Dr Furhman’s book: Eat To Live. Thisnutritarianplan avoids any processed foods and focuses on eating only nutrient-dense plants that are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Total Immuno-therapy!

    This will give Sarah the best fighting chance against all that’s going on in her cell structure. It’s come with a lot of pushing from me, but she’s finally on board. Pray for her if you think of it 🙏🏼 This is like a total re-training of your mind & body. I did it once before from 2013-2015…

    Glad to be back & for such a worthy cause 😉

    ForGlorySake! –Anna

    …Talking to her daily about starting a blog of her journey 😉

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