How It All Started…

Wow. I am just so excited right now to be typing to you in a blog! God is SO Good, and I am so excited for what He has planned!

Our amazing walk on the beach where this blog began!

 

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Selfie with the hubs!!

First, I want to start off sharing with you why I have created this blog. It all started a couple weeks ago, when my amazing husband Michael and I were taking a long walk in the middle of the woods on South Alabama’s campus, and then another long walk on the beautiful beach in Perdido Key, FL the next day (yes, even my hubby who hates getting his picture taken wanted to take a selfie during our walks because he said this may be the start of something BIG…also, his uncle who is an incredible photographer happened to take a few from the condo :)). We were talking about some good, deep, convicting, and exciting things together. It came up that I have had the passing thought of wanting to create a devotional book one day.

You see, when the movie War Room came out, everyone at my work convinced me that I HAD to go see it. In fact, I may not have a job still if I didn’t go see it… 🙂 So, I informed my husband we just had to go see it for date night. And let me just tell you…that was literally the best movie I have ever seen. It was SO inspiring, motivational, and made me so HUNGRY for digging deep into God’s Word and having a consistent, powerful prayer life. I am still on an adrenaline rush 6 weeks later from watching it. Not only that, but just a few days later I went to Beth Moore’s Simulcast…which, you guessed it, was amazing and inspiring as well!! What really spoke to me and convicted me was when she mentioned that some people will choose 45 minutes of sleep over 45 minutes of time spent with the Lord. She was sure to make it clear that she didn’t want to sound legalistic, or that sleep was not important, but she made the point that if we are willing to choose sleep over time spent with God when the devil is after us, our husbands, our children, our family, our everything, and we aren’t willing to give up some sleep to fight against him with the power of God, that’s not good. That spoke to me, because just about every day that is what I did. I have never been very consistent with my quiet time due to choosing sleep instead. Since I’ve gotten married, I have about an hour from the time my husband leaves for work, to when I need to start getting ready for work…and most of the time I may spend time with God for about 10 minutes, but then I would spend the rest of my time sleeping until I had to get ready. Yes, I had my first nap of the day at 7:00 in the morning…

All that to say is, God was telling me in more ways than one that He wanted me to be spending more time with Him. And through Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore, I was inspired and fired up to do so. My biggest fear was that this was one of those “temporary highs” that would eventually go away. You know the ones that you get after an amazing retreat, or mission trip, or whatever it is that gets you extra pumped up. Well, after seeing and experiencing the difference it made to spend an hour with the Lord in prayer and Scripture in the morning before work a couple days in a row, the last thing I wanted to do was go back to my old lifestyle and selfish habit. That was when I realized that I don’t have to slump back into not having time with Him every morning. It is a DAILY choice to follow Him, and to get up early enough (and stay awake) to spend time with Him. The difference it has made in my daily life so far, I can’t even put into words. He has not only answered prayers left and right, but has shown out big time in just doing life with Him. It is truly exciting, and something I never want to live without!

So the thought came to me how incredible it was that God used Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore to bring me closer to God…to jump start this LIFE CHANGING relationship I now have with the Lord…and how I haven’t even met them! I know I am not the only person that was impacted by the movie War Room, or Beth Moore’s simulcast. The fact that they are well-known by their love for Christ is exciting to me. I thought about how great of a privilege it would be to be well-known across the world because of my love for Christ. How amazing it would be to be able to inspire people I haven’t gotten the chance to meet, to grow in their relationship with Jesus. THAT is what inspired me to start this blog.

While talking to my hubby on that walk, I remembered the main point in an evangelism study I had just gone through at work (called “Share Jesus Without Fear”), which was that silence is a sin. When we choose NOT to share Jesus with someone when God lays it on our heart, THAT is a sin. Well, I realized that so is INobedience. When God lays something on our hearts to do that could potentially bring Him glory, and then we don’t do it, THAT is a sin too.

So, this is why/how this blog came to be. I have no idea what God is going to do with it, or if it will make any bit of a difference in anyone’s life, but it’s worth a shot. It’s worth just trying it out and taking a step of obedience for Christ in the chance to make His name more known. I want this blog to not be my own…but to be God’s. I want it to be whatever God wants it to be. If He wants it to go viral and reach tons of people, I know He will make that happen. Or if He wants to use it to change even just one heart, I pray and know He will do that too (which would be worth it!). So, since I know He has given me this idea, I’m going to run with it and see where He takes it! Thank you for going on this journey with me. I pray God speaks, and that everything I write on here would NOT be MY empty words, but HIS everlasting words that NEVER return void.

I love this verse that Paul writes to the church in Corinth. I couldn’t say it better myself: “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

I have nothing to offer. I really don’t. I don’t have lofty speech or wisdom, I am weak and fearful, and my messages on here will not be in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the power of the Spirit. But GOD has LIFE to offer. I’m praying He speaks. I’m truly humbled at the thought of Him using me in any way, because I am just an ordinary flawed human. But praise the Lord that HE is EXTRORDINARY. He is Big. He is Powerful. He is Love. He is Perfect. He brings LIFE…and life to the FULL. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10. We serve an amazing Father, and I am excited to get to dig in His Word together and share with you what He is teaching me. I hope this blog is an encouragement to you, and that God would use it to touch your heart and draw you closer and closer to Him. I pray that through it you would get to know Him better, and that you would have a deeper and more personal relationship with Him because of it. And most of all, I pray that this would never be your only way of getting “fulfilled”, and that this would never be used in place of reading God’s Word, but that instead this would inspire everyone who reads it to get into His Word MORE, and to have a more personal and intimate relationship with the One who is pursuing YOU!

10 thoughts on “How It All Started…

  • November 18, 2015 at 11:06 am
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    This is so exciting, Anna! Are you already working on writing a devotional book? Back in 1995, following several tragic, crushing situations in my life, God taught me the magnificent, amazing power of His Word. Reading, searching, studying, memorizing, quoting, claiming, standing, believing and holding on to God’s Word. Then, in 1997 I designated a room in our log home to be my “Prayer Room”. Later, when I was homeschooling Blake, I fixed him a little area near mine where he spent time with God. Raising a child is one of the most perfect opportunities for utilizing the Scriptures. Through times of crisis, searching, longing and just hungry for God, I wrote a book called “Weapons of Warfare”. At some point in the moving process, I misplaced my binder of verses that God had given to me. But the enemy couldn’t take the many that I had memorized and quoted for years. You may think this terrible, but the first verse I ever taught Blake was, “Get thee behind me Satan…”, (other than John 3:16). And then we memorized Ephesians 6, about the armor of God. I found him a pendant in a Christian bookstore of the soldier with all his armor. Every morning we would stand and go thru the motions of putting on each piece of protection God had provided.
    Anna, we serve a mighty God. A mighty, loving Father.
    I will be praying for your book. Will you be praying that I can locate mine? Then maybe we could get them published at the same time.
    I love you, girl!!!!

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  • December 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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    Anna! This is a wonderful blog! I can just hear your voice coming off the words of this post! I love it and you. This is inspiring and a great reminder that it is God who brings life, not success, a relationship, friends, or any other thing. God provides for our needs daily and amazing things happen when we draw close to him through prayer. I have witnessed the same thing as you. When I started praying more, God started answering prayers left and right. I’m such a believer in using what you have for God’s glory. What you are doing has already inspired someone to increase time with God… Me. Can’t wait to see what else you post. To God be the glory!

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    • December 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm
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      Thank you so so much Kelly!!! That means so much to me and is so encouraging. I love that you have experienced the same thing in your prayer life! God truly is amazing. Thank you for reading this and it makes my heart so happy that it has inspired you to spend more time with the Lord!! Love you!! To HIM be the Glory!! 🙂

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  • December 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    hi anna! glad you decided to start your own blog. great job! i can recommend some places you might want to link to later when you are in your groove. so glad you have joined the sisterhood:)

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    • December 16, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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      Hey Martha! Thank you so much! I would love to get that information once I get in the groove. Thank you! I’m so excited to have officially started this journey and to have joined the sisterhood 🙂

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  • December 15, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    Go Anna!!!

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    • December 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm
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      🙂 Yay!! Thanks Melanie!!!

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  • January 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    Anna it was so nice to meet you tonight! I came home and searched for your blog immediately! To run into another Anna, which is rare for me, who happened to have just started a blog when that’s been something on my heart lately has to be a God thing! I look forward to your future posts!

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    • February 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm
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      Anna! It was so so nice meeting you too. It is definitely a God-thing that we happened to sit at the same table, both of our names are Anna, and starting a blog is something you’ve been thinking about and I just started one!! I am so glad you were able to find my blog easily 🙂 Thank you so much and please keep me posted about your blog! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!

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  • September 1, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    Love you Anna! Such an encouraging blog. Thankful for your open heart, for yours and Michael’s marriage, and for the blessing and life-changing days of this trip for all involved.

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