Drink More Water. Small Sips Count.

My therapist said "Anna, can you repeat this daily?" And just a little more joy breaks through with each proclamation. So in a season where everyone is prompted to reflect on what they're grateful for, but where I know many are struggling here. May we find just one thing something small that we may be able to say: I am grateful for the small sips, the tiny morsels, and the slow drip of the constant grace and mercy of God to meet me in the valley with His truth.

Living in the Helplessness: 5 Sanity Giving Truths Amid Pandemic Living

Being a teacher I believe I can confidently say that this year is testing everyone's patience. We have had to forgo family time as we desire. Those who have lost loved ones - joining in their grief must be done safely from afar (this by far is the hardest to wish to hug & visit … Continue reading Living in the Helplessness: 5 Sanity Giving Truths Amid Pandemic Living

Bring Him Your Troubles : Yahweh is Our Help

I know God “created the universe and accomplished our eternal salvation. But [I sometimes struggle to] believe that he condescends to watch [my] soap opera of daily trials and tribulations.” And so I buy my own solutions or remedies for those things. My own remedies are much like those pagan gods, no help.

Avocado & Banana Smoothie

A quick favorite of mine before this 21 Day Detox has been the Avocado Banana Smoothie. Recipe: 1 Banana 1/2 an Avocado 1 Cup of Spinach Fresh Ginger (we like a lot - my husband asks for extra!) 1 tsp Cinnamon ** Once I added blueberries for a delicious addition. Another time I added a … Continue reading Avocado & Banana Smoothie

Easy Pressure/Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe

I recently began a 21 detox (no meats, grains, refined carbs or processed food. Just fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes!) and have had to pull out some classics & revamp them. One of my favorites so far is a twist on my vegetable soup. I have a Cosori Pressure Cooker (like Instant Pot) which makes … Continue reading Easy Pressure/Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe

The Gospel & Justice

Hello friends ! I do want to make this as concise as I can - I have been thinking a lot about the racial unrest in our country (and especially how this unrest reveals a lot of ugly truth about the church at large - its complicity in segregation & racism...). I've been coming to … Continue reading The Gospel & Justice

Mask Off : 5 Lessons in the Age of a Global Health Pandemic

...There is a heart shaped protein that is responsible for COVID-19 being able to form the pieces of machinery it needs to wreck havoc within the body. Within our personal lives & church communities we need to pray the Lord prunes us (John 15) - to remove what does not glorify Him from our hearts and disciplines us into fruitful activity!