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A Year in My Life

“Something happening here, it ain’t exactly clear…”

I am truly amazed and stunned by the events of this past year!  There were very high moments contrasted by the terribly tragic ones…certainly nothing I ever saw coming.  Therefore, to my best effort I am telling the story of why my posts have been sporadic and certainly not deeply inspirational.  Life is unpredictable at best.

Last May/June 2017 I went on the dream trip of a lifetime; to Israel, Jordan, and surrounding Holy Land sites.  It was a deep longing in my heart for 40+ years.  There is no way to relate how absolutely fabulous that journey was: the people, the history, God’s Presence, the majesty and wonder, the food, the friends I made, the shopping, and the encounters that wrapped me in ecstatic bliss while I were there.Then I took my first trip to the Emergency Room in Jerusalem to deal with the AFib attack on my heart, with lots of prayer I was released in only a few hours.  This was the first of many attacks and fierce battles that began my year.

Arriving home, my husband and I joyfully went to a Christian Conference in Southern California in mid-June.  While there I fell off 4 steps to the ground twisting and severely bruising my knees and feet, tearing the meniscus in my right knee.  Another trip to the ER and about two months of elevating my knee for swelling and pain.

During that time I had three more visits to the ER with more AFib problems and two cardioversions, where they stop your heart then use the paddles on your chest to electrically restart your heart.  “CLEAR!”  They had no idea why this was happening since my heart was strong and healthy.  The battle was growing more fierce though through all of that I knew God was with me.

My daughter and I took a road trip to Texas in August, to visit family and go to another conference (we have such hunger in our hearts to see the Lord moving, we will sacrifice all to seek out what He is doing in other places).  My car broke down in the middle of the desert on a 104 degree day…warfare, but we saw God’s hand in every situation.

When we got back home, really all I could do was journal…


take classes, get more involved with people (my favorite thing), join groups in the church, and just live in the grace.

October 9, 2017  The wildfires plundered Sonoma County, burning everything in its path.  Our entire neighborhood burned to the ground. So unimaginably tragic!  The fire stopped 200 yards from our house, but everything else was gone…total miracle.

This is our neighborhood.  Everyone was effected and traumatized, and still coping with the loss of everything.

There is tons of stories I could retell and they would prove God is real. 

Two weeks ago I had surgery on my foot to repair some bone and cartilage  degeneration, finding I also had a broken bone, which caused pain for a very long time,  I am now in a cast for 3 months.

In closing, throughout all of the ordeals and seemingly harsh circumstances, I have remained strong, by God’s grace.  I can truly say, “God is good, He is always good.”  He has never left me strengthening me every day.  My love for Him as grown more deeply because of the trust and faith in His ability to be faithful to my heart.  I am looking forward to the future that will bring new adventures, new dreams, and new resources to our lives. Now I have more time to blog, create and paint…endless amounts of hours to bless you my friends!

 

PS- New changes are coming!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From my house to yours.

  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

 

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Thankfulness

Thankfulness

Okay, my life is not entirely in my control at this moment.  I am totally trusting God for the “whys” right now.  I have to say though, that I am so thankful for the miracles He has provided for me and my family.  We have a primary home in Santa Rosa, California, and just two weeks ago our neighborhood was burnt to the ground.  Without the extraordinary effort of the Berkeley Fire Department, our house would have been part of the 5,000 homes and structures entirely destroyed.  Prayer changed everything, the fire stopped short a half a block away from all that devastation.  Without the valiant efforts of the fire department hosing our houses down with water, all would have been lost to us, too!  The thankfulness that we feel cannot be adequately expressed. We were evacuated in the middle of the night not knowing the fate of our house until thirty-six hours later when satellite pictures showed our house still standing.  Praise God!  So many of our dear friends and neighbors lost everything and our hearts are so extremely saddened by their loss.

(The following photos are of our neighborhood and personal friend’s homes.)

Though it was a terrifying ordeal, we stayed in peace and found thankfulness in the situation.  The area was closed to us for a week because the fires still burned and toxic smoke and fumes made it almost impossible to breathe.  We are so thankful for family who took us in and cared for us, and the unbelievable door open to stay at the last hotel room in the area, in Occidental.  The air was so clean closer to the ocean.  My family is back in our home, dealing with the emotions and feelings of having gone through the “fire”, getting adjusted to new changes and the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

Thank you Lord for Your great mercies and abiding love.  You are so good, gracious, and kind.

It will be a long journey for the residents of our town who lost everything…but God is in the restoration business and will provide for needs beyond imagining.  Keep praying, this is just the beginning of many days ahead and a new beginning for so many.

 

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Prophetic Word

Prophetic Word for March

I’m feeling the impression to bring a word of hope today, inspired for this season.  Maybe it will encourage you.

All these years the Lord has been depositing seeds into your spirit, from promises, from encounters, and people speaking into your life. They have been dormant for a while, perhaps a very long time. Perhaps you have forgotten or thought with discouragement that those promises would never come to pass, or you have begun to give up, that you have just been forgotten. Remember God’s promises are “YES” and “AMEN”!  Even if you don’t feel or know any specific promise or word given to you, begin to claim what God has promised in His word.  There are so many promises in the Bible regarding health, provision, children, etc.  His  word abides forever, there is no expiration date!

Those promised and inspired words need to be watered with prayer,  believing God for them to take root, and an unwavering knowing that He loves you and always keeps His promises. Watering will bring them to life, even after decades of being dormant.  Those promises will begin to sprout.  This is the day that those seedling will begin to come forth bursting from the ground of your spirit, fulfilled in a way that you can not even imagine.  The  provision for those promises are from God’s own hand.  The soil that those seeds were deposited into is now fertile and crafted to give nourishment to what is to come. They will begin to bring forth fruit, bearing abundance not only for you but the world around you. Now is the time! Now is the time! Now is the time!  Water!

 

Talents

Are You Using Yours?

talents1Since I’m living in a situation without many distractions I seem to hear the Lord’s voice more clearly (those day-to-day distractions will always impede your ability to hear) and this is one thing the Holy Spirit said to me as I woke up:  “Your talents have been buried – now is the time to use them for the Kingdom.”  I wrote it in my journal.

talents 2Journal page entry

I have been consciously working on doing the things He’s asked me to concentrate on, but I have been using my natural talents and giftings which don’t require much risk or getting out of my comfort zone.  (I’m just being very vulnerable here.) When I heard this word from the Lord I felt no condemnation or guilt, only love and encouragement to start walking outside of my own personal box. I felt like I really needed to pray about what it was that He was actually requiring of me and to find out what my heavenly talents were.

So I went back through all my journals to find everything that had been spoken to me by the Lord, prophetic words, dreams, and encouragement that others had seen in me. Honestly, I have developed the ones that I could, but the ones that really put me on the edge of stepping out in more faith were the ones that I had “buried”. (Journaling is an excellent reminder of all that God has said to you.)  My heart is to be clear and open to the Lord and if I am not responding to Him the way that I should, I pray, repent, and try to walk in the grace to change.

My encouragement to you today is to ask the Lord what He’s given you and begin to walk by faith and not by sight, to do those things that will bear fruit and give you a passport to His heavenly Will.

Be brave and encourage yourself in the Lord.

Here is the scriptures about talents:

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’  Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.'”  Matthew 25: 14-29