Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope each day is filled with great delight and spiritual significance in this season of new birth. We have much to celebrate, reviving new hope and new paths before us in the coming year. May all your desires, promises, and expectations be fruitful, coming to pass as we live each day with the blessings of Heaven. Lovingly thankful, Annie
This is a crazy life here on this Earth, one day to the next produces unforeseen difficulties and extreme blessings – sometimes simultaneously!
Having the Holy Spirit living inside my heart is the only thing that grounds and stabilizes all the whacky things that life throws at me. Honestly, I have a hard time comprehending how pre-believers navigate on their best days. My story of the past few months is almost unbeliveable. First, I have to apologized for not posting in quite a while, literally I just was not able to. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have some clue about my journey. I will try and give you bits and pieces of what has been happening in today’s post, then I will elaborate in more detail later….so this is the bullet point draft of the past two months. I left you on my way to Where in the World was I going, and I’ll start there.
Israel and Jordan
The trip to Israel and Jordan at the end of May was the most fabulous journey ever! Landing in the Holy Land was the beginning of 13 days of awe and wonder! I thought I kind of knew what to expect but there was really no way to have known the fun, glory, and awesomeness our team experienced – for me personally it was transforming. It is quite awesome to have every team member in one mind, one accord, and one spirit. We were all focused on the same purpose there; which primarily was to pray in every part of the country; that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be known and peace would prevail in every aspect of life. We had some divine encounters, divine appointments, and truly exemplary fellowship with a great commitment to fun. Like I said, I would post next time just on the wonders of that journey.
Heal the Sick (Heal Thyself)
Some of the difficulties that I’ve had in the past two months are issues with my health. Before this, I basically felt invincible because I have never been one to tolerate any sickness in my life, since prayer for the sick has been a focal point of my ministry life. I’ve been in many countries throughout the world and have seen incredible miracles from praying for the sick. God still works in great ways, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever…He is the Great Physician!
Then I began suffering from my own illness, praying diligently trying to reconcile why I suddenly had an electrical problem with my heart, that sent me to the emergency room and a hospital stay four times with Afib, in a month. I have cherished all the prayer from everyone that I’ve gotten, but there was no change.. which led to frustration and sometimes anger at this continual attack. I needed to get at the root of the problem and to understand the triggers for these events and had to reconcile my beliefs with reality.
So now I’m on a journey of another kind. I have begun the change of a mindset many years in the making. Habits are ingrained and have to be pulled like weeds, or you find your consistent effort sabotaged. I had to learn a new way of how to live in the natural to one of a more disciplined life. Benefitting me the most is sitting quietly before the Lord, soaking in His Presence – discovering the whys. “Be still. I will fight for you.” Exodus 14:14. It is interesting that a recent fall at a Christian conference, causing an injury to my knee and possible surgery, has slowed me down even more…however, I am going after that one with lots of prayer. I am definitely listening more to the Lord’s voice now that He has a captive audience – my heart. Just being real here.
Being creative is like breathing, something I live every moment doing. I created a Fourth of July sign, transformed our fireplace with a new mantle, and started landscaping our front yard (which is temporarily on hold).
Revamp – Before and After Fireplace
My house continues to evolve. This week I added a new mantle to the fireplace. Now I can hang all my Christmas stockings there for the first time. That makes me so happy!
I am always in the process of writing and journaling. A new journal is emerging with a combination of writing, art, and bullet entries. I am loving it! Working on a video preview of two months work. This is just a page sample. Another blog post soon.
I’ve got many projects in the works that will change (remember it is inevitable) some of the course of this little blog. Look for it!
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharperthan any two-edgedsword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
When we read the scriptures, they can become alive as our hearts are open to the Holy Spirit. They are a guide for our lives and a foundation of God’s intents and purposes. We can also find prayers settled in the pages for us to pray with power, such as Ephesians 3: 16-19. I’ve changed the text to make it personal and in first person below:
Can you see how awesome and powerful the word of God is when we pray it with the cry that can come from our own hearts?
Search the Bible for verses to make it your own and you will realize how powerful and anointed the prayers can be for you. Practice and pray.
The Promises of God are YES and AMEN! Today I finished my latest box which I usually give away to people who need encouragement. I fill it with scriptures and personal emblems that are significant to the person I am praying for. I tell them that they can also use the box to keep their written prayers in, and in time God will always answer them (perhaps, not in the way that we want, but His wisdom is so much bigger than ours). It is truly amazing how many prayers God answers for us, sometimes it take time, but He is faithful!
Here is the box from every angle.
You probably are surprised (again!) that I changed the formatting of my blog. Like any artistic person I love to see things in a different way and new perspective. I think this time the blog page reflects more of who I am. If you love me, you can continue to stay with me on this journey of discovery while I drive the highways of life. oxoxoxAlso, I wanted to make another reference to my blog post about Romans 12:1. I believe that that scripture is not only talking about food and exercise, but it refers to other important issues of moral purity and not violating our bodies with drugs or overdosing on unhealthy lifestyles…from different kinds of sources.