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!

New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year!

2018 is off and running quickly…we are already half way through January! In a new year people become  expectant about hearing from the Lord and anticipating what they can look forward to in the next twelve months.  It is exciting to to hear what new beginnings and hope our lives will experience in the days ahead.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts about His purpose for each of us in this season. Our purpose will become more and more defined as the year progresses.  As we surrender all to Him, this defined purpose will begin to change our identity. We will see more of His moving in our lives, our outlook, and perceptions of who we thought we once were. This will be characterized by our deepening relationship with Him.  He is looking for hungry people.  Hungry people draw attention to His favor and anointing.  This is a year of new beginnings, begin yours now.

I begin each new year with a Detox…

The detox I’ve used for years is the Lemon Detox.  I have more than enough lemons growing on one tree to last me a couple of years.  I really makes you feel good with energy to spare; great liver cleanse.

This detox recipe is easy and the ingredients are readily available, but it only gives you the amounts for one glass and I usually drink about a gallon of it in one day. No other food (except coffee which I can’t ignore…busted)!

Lemon Detox

  • 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of organic, grade A or B maple syrup
  • 1/10th teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
  • 10 oz. of filtered water.       Stir and enjoy.

New Beginnings

I’ve begun new paintings and creative projects, can’t wait to share them with you!  Coming soon!

This is a partial snapshot of a painting I’m working on, continuing my “Angel” series, done with a pallet knife and finger painting. The big reveal coming.

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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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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!

 

Seeking God

Seek the Lord First

The Heavens are open to hear your prayers.  The Lord desires your heart and is waiting for you to draw near to Him. Unimaginable resource is available to you right now to answer the desires of your heart.  There is no question that God is calling you into an encounter with Him.  Are you willing?  Do you desire something new in your life?  Are you needing answers to impossible situations and relationships?  Are you desperate for the provision from Heaven to abundantly supply your financial needs?  There is only one tangible answer to all of these questions…Seek first the Kingdom of God!

You say that’s too simple.  I say it’s the only way.  I have always thought that I was following after God and all His righteousness, though in recent days His Presence had faded and His voice not as clear.  I imagined I was right with God, His grace had seen me through some difficult times, and I never stopped loving Him…but I knew my passion and my life with Him was not what it used to be.

So I made a decision to stop everything I was doing and began to seek Him first.  Everything is a step of faith and I didn’t feel much different at first, but as I continued to read more of the Word, find time to sit at His feet, and to spend time worshiping Him, He began to draw closer to me.  I had to still press in.  His voice in my spirit was clearer and His presence was tangible.  Then things began to change.  Noticibly my blogs which had 10-12 new followers a week jumped to 1,900 in two weeks!  My desire to meet and make new friends exploded exponentially, I was even able to join a community of believers that I’d prayed for 20 years to be part of.  My thinking became clearer with new ideas and creative thoughts, even opening my imagination to new ways of seeing things. I have new strength and vitality.  All aspects of my life are changing; body, soul, and spirit.  It is so amazing!  God does give you all when you seek Him.

Try believing the Lord at His Word, seek Him with all your heart!  Believe!

Read Matthew 6: 25-34, Matthew 7: 7-8