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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Season of Change

Turn, Turn, Turn

Summer transitioning into Fall is a great picture of what’s going on in our lives now; in our spirit, and in our understanding.  It is a time of change and renewal, a season of transforming.  We are discovering that the change is sometimes hard to articulate…. we just “know” that something is different.  I have been experiencing it in my own life; my thoughts are changing, my heart is changing, I want something new, something tangible, something fresh…I am hungry for the season of change in my relationship with God.  Are you hungry for the deep things, the lasting things of the Spirit, and His Kingdom, now is the time to turn, turn, turn?  Turn to the Lord, turn to the believing for new things, turn to finding your destiny as you wait for Him.  This is a beautiful time of the year when God draws close, will you turn aside to engage His heart?

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Where in the World

 To the Other Side of the World

This week on Instagram I was posting pictures to guess where I would be going on my next adventure…it seems that the only people who correctly guessed were the ones I already told!  Take a look at this collage of some of the pictures that I posted and see if you can find where I’ll be in the world.

If you guessed correctly, I will be going to Israel and Jordan (Indiana Jones and Petra).  This has been a “bucket list” item for about forty-five years, a true heart’s desire.  I’ve wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to go where He was, to experience the Holy Land and its tremendous history.  I am going with a group that will be touring the sights and also following the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and hopefully to walk in Matthew 10:8, as the Lord leads*.

Postcards

Most of the time that I am doing ministry I bring along my artwork; when traveling I make postcards to give personal prayers and words of knowledge for the people I encounter.  Here are a few that I’m working on before I go.  I pray over the cards to be anointed for the specific person that I meet, to encourage them in God’s great love for them, and it becomes a memory of what the Lord was speaking to them.  I’ve run into people that I’ve done “art” for after 25 years and they tell me how much the “words” I gave them were significant to their lives.  I want those encounters to be blessed and living for each individual.

Cards in process.

Sometimes I embellish them.

(The two following are just examples to show what a finished card would look like.  I may write a scripture or a personal word for a person on the back.)

One Last Thing

To encourage you, my faithful friends, I posted this on Instagram today:

(Even little ol’ me at 4 – God had me in His thoughts.)

Just imagine…you were chosen from the foundation of the world to host the presence of a holy God, to live in such a time as this, and to do incredible things!

Think big and pray bigger!

God is speaking to your heart right now about the dreams, inspiration, and callings on your life.

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!