Gifts from God

To me, every flower in my yard is a gift from God – like bouquets from my dancing years He personally wakes me, whispering my name. I know He has new treasures waiting as I hurry to open my bible each morning.

God has taught me that every day is a gift. Every moment with my husband. Each child He graciously gave us. Ones I birthed ❤️ and many I didn’t…

The sweet daughter He sent from Russia, and the fella she introduced us to. Now both married with families of their own. The kids that lived off and on in our house over the years. Even my aging parents that moved in afterwards… all have been gifts.

Each have come like a surprise. A few with panic: “how can we possibly handle this?” But they always left behind treasure. Some we felt, were taken way too early, yet God knew best.

Today it’s a BIG, black, furry dog that has come. A “gift” via our neighbors. She’s sweet as can be, other than chasing our cats! 😱 How will this work out? I don’t know, but I’m choosing to count this -one more gift… 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

ForGlorySake! –Anna

Hmmmm.

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Worth the wait

Incase we haven’t had coffee together or lunch, you may not know: I’m the 1st to admit, I‘ve had issues. Selfish, pigheaded issues! And so have my kids. They unfortunately inherited my genes- as all humans do- sinful, willful, stubborn genes.

In my eyes, I could not have had cuter children or more precious, but they did not come out obeying, submissive or committed to doing God’s will. Like me, they were bent on their own ideas. It was trial and error that proved them poor Rulers.

When you see us all holding hands, laughing with our grown children, these things came with long suffering and many, many hours of prayer. God in His mercy didn’t make everything easy, but He made it rich and deep.

There are some scars from choices made, and the pain it caused, but oh the joy when love wins out! It’s been worth the wait. Worth the praying, and fasting and humbling. Harder than I’d ever have imagined but so, so worth the wait.

Don’t give up parents… keep praying!

ForGlorySake! -Anna

Our beautiful rebels

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Reaching Out

As Believers we have been given such a gift! A hope, a joy, an assurance by grace, a peace, an intimate knowledge of the One True God. How can I not reach out and share this amazing love with any in darkness?
To live in this world -at such a time in history and not know the Savior and His Spirit of Truth… I can not fully imagine. He is my light and my power to keep going. More than a crutch, it’s full-on Life Support!
Every thought centered on Him, His Words constantly within my reach. This is wealth, this is treasure. I actually have answers …and if questions remain, there’s trust in a Super Highest Power, Who loves me and is out for my good.
No floundering around, no aimless, hopeless wandering to endure. There’s a point. There’s a goal. There’s a destination. But even more, there’s a real live relationship with the Lover of my Soul.
How can I not speak up and reach out and share the Joy? The thrill of my best decision and sanity-keeper? God is my Rock! I will not be ashamed, and Jesus made it all so very possible.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

Psalms 11:4 The LORD is in His holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes watch;
His eyes examine all people.
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Eyes to see

For eyes to see

beyond this realm

on the horizon

where hope can dwell.

Beyond what’s visible

where spirit soars

where giving leads

and blessings pour.

Trustful belief

In provision prepared

assurance that God

has already been there.

That’s where I live

there to meet you

ready and waiting

I’m faithful and true.

And He is… so very Faithful, so very True.
ForGlorySake! –
Anna

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Messy, Surprising, Glorious

Life is just a mess. “Like herding cats,” my mom would say. She spoke of children but that pretty much covers life on earth. Unpredictable, shocking, amazing… all in one lifetime.

One gets ideas and sets goals and pretty as a picture they may come about. Or not. Chances are… in a re-directional, round-about way. Not as you planned at all. But sorta, eventually. And usually for the better.

Everyday I pray for “eyes to see” – that God would show me His perspective on life instead of my own. He’s so dog-gone patient! Nothing seems to deter Him, and through His gracious timing He gets so much more accomplished.

If it were just me- I’d push on through. Get it done and miss so many blessings! My life’s course has been changed around so often, I’ve lost count. But I would not go back and deviate one iota in how it played out, because those waiting-times and frustrating moments were where He revealed His bigger plan to me.

God has proven time and again that ultimately, He is out for my good and His Glory… if I will just let Him have His way. Oh, the JOY of serving such an awesome, attentive, thoughtful, loving Creator Who knows me through & through and loves me anyway.

Have Your way LORD, have Your way.

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Clarity

All year I’ve been feeling a push… push to pray, to fast and prepare. I’m not exactly sure what for, other than general growth spiritually… in myself and my family.

I had been fasting previously at-random (whenever I felt it was appropriate), but by April I wanted something regular. Thursday at 4pm to Friday at 4pm seemed to fit the bill. The reward became Clarity: noticing more what God is up to.

That time spent gained the catch-word Freedom Fridays as a lightness of soul took place by Friday… to trust and know that God sees my prayer list and cares far more about everyone on it than I could ever imagine.

Now, nearly 40 weeks later, I can truly say I so look forward to that part of the week. I love the immediate connection and purpose it brings. It’s not always food I fast from, but it is a denial of some kind and a specific focus on prayer.

A new year is staring me in the face and I am excited to see what this preparation of prayer will bring. Vision. Insight. Awareness. More clarity… I’m ready, I’m awake, I want to receive all God has waiting!

ForGlorySake! -Anna

I love my time with you, Jesus

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2019 tee shirt quilts

I feel so blessed to be trusted with my clients’ memories and keepsakes. You folks are THE BEST! Friends, family and former clients send me the absolute sweetest people… and their shirts 😉 Love you all, Anna

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What I got wrong.

That we needed to be perfect parents 🙏🏼

That if we did all the prescribed things, the kids would just fall in line 😂

That prayer was just for me🙏🏼

That Christmas was all about presents🎁

That coffee was just for the taste😳

That a beach trip was optional 🌊

That growing old came at a certain age👵🏻

That you shouldn’t wear tennis shoes in Europe👟

That you need new clothes every year👚

That “recycling” doesn’t include clothing!🧥

That company wants everything perfect🌟

That loving, keeping, caring for children isn’t a ministry🤱

That moving is horrible🏡

That kids someday won’t come home❤️

That everyone knows their career path early on✍🏼

The advice we got that “Everything gets better” … wouldn’t really happen

IT DID!👍🏼👍🏼

ForGlorySake! -Anna



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Today!

Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in your book all my days were already written; my days had been shaped before any of them existed.” Tehillim (Psalm) 139:16 Complete Jewish Bible

Every day shaped? Even today? My awake time- asleep hours? You planned for, You knew, You allotted… breath, life, abilities of all sorts, availability of needs? So many details! You knew.

So when my day is disrupted or disturbed or distressed in some way – You knew that was coming too. I can just stop and look and know You’re in it all with me. 

I’m never alone, never left to solve the issue by myself, never left to crumble and feel hopeless. You are my Hope. You are my Life-line. You will carry me through, help me adjust, hold me up. 

Thank You that today holds no fear. No disaster awaits that You are unaware of or that blocks my way to You! Your love in Jesus is bigger and stronger. You are my Complete Victory❤️

Romans 8:34 Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, He was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us.  

8:37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! 

8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers,  

8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

To all my friends suffering today- you are not hopeless, He has your Today. 

ForGlorySake! –Anna

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Coming home

After 2 “seasons” and a summer, I moved home. At 19 my father had lovingly told me, “you have 5 years to find a life-support system.” 😂 He did not hold much hope for making money in ballet… especially in San Francisco.

The Atlanta Ballet offered me a job and so, home I flew, back to my old room and purple VW. Driving into Atlanta daily, felt familiar and comfortable. This was the city and company I’d grown up with.

However, something was still missing; I wanted more. Was this all there was: 25 yearly performances a year of Nutcracker, Cinderella, la femme garde’e… ? I had offered it ALL up to God before leaving California. Somehow, I wanted to dance for Jesus.

My Bible and “A Way Through the Wilderness” became my constant companions. Sitting in AB’s break room, reading and searching for answers, I gained some controversial attention. Lots more maturing and 2 seasons later, I was on the move again!

God had heard my cry…

ForGlorySake! –Anna

The Atlanta Ballet 12/86 (I’m far left both photos)
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