Monday, July 23, 2012

Be Fishers of Men!


Are people too comfortable in their own lives to want to see the truth?  Afraid that if they see the truth, the “boring” life begins?  Americans and other nationalities have gotten too comfortable in the idols they worship.  They worship anything from the Internet to the television and with new technology being birthed daily, who is to say that these idols will dwindle.  If anything, the more technology, the more idols there will be to worship.  The devil has his hands in the world and he is using his powers through the airwaves.  In such a way that pulls God’s people away from worshipping the true Creator – God the Father. 
What will it take to make a change?  More and more Christians need to begin heeding the call that Jesus has called upon us.  We are called to take up our cross and follow Him.  We are to have zeal for the glory of God, to love our brothers and help them out, and to spread the gospel to all people.  But that means leaving our comfortable recliner and our 55inch television.  That means not knowing whether or not we will have food to eat or A/C to keep us cool.  But, if we trust in the Lord, won’t all of our needs be supplied?  Yes they will!  We don’t NEED Internet and we don’t NEED television.  What we need is to see a Revival, a Christian revival where brothers and sisters in Christ get up and move.  Quit gawking over money and quit seeking higher rankings in jobs.  The fighting, the meaningless quibbles over this and that – we are falling into the trap of the Devil. Get up and fight.  Have the zeal, fall in love with your Creator and desire to share that love with everyone, near and far.  Don’t stop. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Proverbs 19:21

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

How many times have we made plans only to see those plans fail?  For myself, I can say that that has happened too many times.  It has only been in the last few years that I have truly given up on making plans.  For who knows better than God what is right for me?  I know that I can't create up a future that would be better fitting to glorify Him.  If however, I am not living my life for Christ, then sure, I guess it is easy to imagine a future of bright neon lights.  But are we not suppose to give our life completely over to Christ when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior?  Doesn't that include our plans?  Absolutely!  For if we live for Christ, then Christ lives in us and He will direct our paths. 

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Is it not true then if we do trust the Lord with all of our heart and acknowledge him in all our ways then He truly does have the best plan for you and for me?

In my desires to go to Alaska to serve the Lord in a mission capacity, I have had to realize the possibilities that God could change those up at the very last minute.  As much as my heart desires to go to Alaska to serve the Lord and work with the indigenous population, I wonder how much of that future plan is my plan and not the Lord's?  I am trying to be transparent, to share with you the struggle that I have.  I know that I am not the only one.  I try to be intentional in my prayer and in seeking and listening to what God has for me.  I know that whatever it is, as long as I continue to seek Him with all of my heart, all of my soul, He will guide me to the place or places He has that will benefit His kingdom.  So, in knowing that, I am willing to go anywhere and do anything He has me to do because He is my King and He is my Savior. 


We must get rid of the idea of me and get into the idea of HIM.

I love you and pray that God will continue to lead you for His glory.  I pray that if you are standing face to face in persecution that you will fill the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Stay strong and know that you are being prayed for.  For God is with you today and always!  

Much Love 
~Anna~  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Moving to Alaska.... :-)

When I take a look back over the past year and a half, I see the fulness of what God has done to prepare for me where I am now and where I am going.  Had I not listened to Him, I would not be where I am spiritually.  I can't help but smile at all that God has done in my life and where He is taking me.
It is hard to believe, to think, that in about one year from now, I will be moving to Alaska to work for the Lord.  I am in a process where God is working in me a new woman, a woman that will serve God in a capacity that will share the work of God to those who do not know him in a place that has the least amount of Christian's in the United States.  Not only that, but places that are hard to reach; whether it is through the Word or by foot, car, plane or otherwise. 

I ask that you would please pray for me as I truly begin my preparations for my departure.  As it will take this next year to plan, prepare mentally, spiritually, physically and financially to go.  I am looking forward to being mentored by an amazing Godly man who seeks to serve the Lord to the best of his ability.  I ask that you would pray for him, God's guidance in his life and for the work he is doing currently in Alaska.  I ask that you would pray for the people of Alaska.  That God would soften their hearts and open their eyes to see the truth of who He is. 

Thank you for being a part of my life and the future of what God is doing in my life.  May God bless you abundantly for your service to Him.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Where in the world has Anna been?

Please forgive me for the many months (I think 2) that I have been away.  Ever since I got back from Alaska, I have been more busy than I ever though possible.  Then as school was coming to a close, my amazing Grandfather got sick and then shortly after passed away.  Although my business does not account to a great excuse, I must say - the past few months, I have really been trying to figure somethings out.  My Grandfather's passing has had a profound affect on me - mentally, spiritually, emotionally and even physically.  I am back in school for the summer and taking a pretty intense 1 month semester with 3 classes.  It it is pushing me physically and mentally but I am loving every minute of it. 
I wanted to just briefly post something on here in hopes that you would not think I have abandoned my blog.  I am still here.
I want to leave a picture of my amazing Grandfather and his obituary.

Frank Morrison, Sr, 96, of Eufaula, AL went to Heaven on Monday , May
21, 2012 Flowers Hospital in Dothan.  His final days were spent
surrounded by family and friends whom Brother Morrison had touched
with his loving smile in some way through his 67 years of ministry.

Brother Morrison was born in Texasville AL on August 27, 1915, the son
of the late Riley and Carrie Morrison and grandson of "Billy" and Emma
Morrison.  He dedicated his life to serving others and spreading the
"good news" of Jesus through 42 years as pastor of Baptist churches
and approximately 25 years as Chaplin of Crown Health  and Medical
Center Barbour in Eufaula, AL.

He is survived by his son, Frank Morrison Jr; daughter in law Kim,
three grand children, Aaron, Anna, Lydia, children's mother, Cathy,
son in law Elias and two great grand children , Mallory and Samuel.
Also surviving are his brother, Ed Morrison, sisters Mamie Cook, Flora
Miller, and Myrtle Jean Hudson.  Brother Morrison also has a host of
nieces and nephews and their children.  He was preceded in death by
his wife Susia Q Morrison and sister Daisy Glover.

Brother Morrison's celebration service will be held on Friday, May 25,
2012, at 11 am at First Baptist Church Eufaula, AL with Dr. Ken Bush
officiating, with burial at Louisville Cemetery, 2:30 p.m. Friday
afternoon.  Friends may call Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m.
at Chapman Funeral Home, Eufaula, AL and one hour before the
celebration service.

No death is easy to deal with, but knowing where my Grandfather is - in Heaven with Jesus - makes dealing with his death a little easier.
May you know our Father in Heaven - by asking Him into your heart - admitting you are a sinner - and wanting to spend eternity in Heaven.

I will be back later this week!
Much love - God Bless - -
Anna

Friday, April 13, 2012

Reflections...

Taken in Woodstock, Ga 2010 - the display of our amazing King!


It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago I was in a land far away from home.  A place, that although I had never been, I knew my heart would feel at home.  I was right.
Returning to the daily grind here in Birmingham has been a tough transition.  The reality of work and school, home life and doggie needs, all came crashing in as soon as I turned the key in my front door.  The overload of school work, the projects that seem to never end, the attention starved dog desiring to receive every bit of my time, it all awaited me.  Was I naive to think that these things would not be awaiting me upon my return?  Absolutely.  However, I stand in amazement of what God has done.  He gave me the desires of my heart.  The desires, that began years ago as I cleaned out a coffee canister, cut out a whole in the top and wrote Alaska on it.  I remember that day so well.  That canister never got filled to the top, life happened, and it happened quick.  Changes came, new views came upon me, and a new life awaited me in Birmingham.  All these things I did not know that day many years ago as I so desired to save up enough money to go to Alaska.  It wasn't until Birmingham that God would open those doors.  It wasn't until a cool crisp day in October, when a world of new faces, new experiences would allow for me to even contemplate the trip.
So as I sit here on my patio and enjoy the beauty of the evening, I take a moment to reflect on my time spent in Alaska.
The flight, was the longest I have ever taken.  I remember before even leaving, I prayed a little prayer, asking God to allow me to see the Northern Lights.  I think back now, I should have been a little bit more specific, but wow, He - yet again - filled my life with that request.  I had not even landed in Anchorage and there they were - right out my airplane window - the Northern Lights.  What did they look like?  I laugh, only because I expected something more.  They were green - like a gaseous green.  When I first saw them, I was like - what in the world is that, and then it dawned on me, that is the Northern Lights.  My emotional self, a little tear fell upon my cheeks and I smiled and thanked God for the beauty of that display.  No matter how small and how it surely did not fit my expectations, it was nonetheless, a spectacular moment and another answered prayer.
Upon my arrival, I couldn't help but be realize the fact of where I was.  If you look at a globe you actually have to turn it just to see Alaska (well my globe anyway and if you are in Birmingham, AL).  It is way up yonder.  ALMOST - on top of the world!!!  :-)  It was hard to realize, that I - Anna - was so far away from home, from my family, my friends, and the world that I knew.  I smiled in the excitement, knowing it was where I was to be at that time.  God had laid that time out for me.
Heading out to the village was thrilling for me.  Prior to even arriving, I was in constant prayer, talking to God - seeking God's direction and how I knew that no matter what I was to come up against, He had this.  It was His time.  Not my time, not anyone I was with, it was all His.  Therefore, I trusted that every twist and turn, every word and song was all for His glory and His glory alone.

This trip was nothing short of a miracle.  I am eternally grateful for what God has done, what He showed me and I look forward to being apart of this village for a long time to come.  I am excited to see what God will do as the days, weeks, months and years continue to roll on.  May His Glory be known, His name be proclaimed and Praises be extolled to our one true King - Jesus Christ.

Amen!

Much love
~Anna~

Friday, April 6, 2012

A welcome home video from my trip to Alaska.  I thought it was appropriate to incorporate the outdoors since a lot of my videos were outside.   



Included is a video of the Matanuska Glacier...  This is a valley glacier that is northeast of Anchorage and is approximately 27 miles long

Picture of Glacier - this is an ice cave of the Matanuska Glacier
www.nationalgeographic.com

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hello my faithful friends and family.  I am so sorry that I have not uploaded or even written anything since I have been back from Alaska.  There is so much to say - to share with you, however, I find myself in a whirlwind of trying to catch up on school work.  With this upcoming Easter weekend, I will make sure to post how God worked in Alaska in a written way.  I have also produced another video for when I came back and will also upload that this weekend.  Please bare with me as I still continue to process all that God did while I was in Alaska.

In the meantime, I ask that you would continue to pray for the people - the native's of Alaska.  There is great need of consistency in many of the villages of Godly influence.   To teach, to share and to disciple.  Please pray with me that people will rise up to the call to go - to share and to teach.  I ask this in our Heavenly Fathers name, Jesus Christ.

Thank you again, for your patience and support. 

I will see you in a few days!

Much love,
~A

Saturday, March 24, 2012

John 3:16 ~ For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

I knew before I even left that I would be entering into the Promised Land.  34 years of wandering, wandering through the world trying to find my place.  Where was it that God wanted me?  Did He want me here or did he want me there?  I did the driving, not ever giving God the wheel.  It was not till I totally handed the wheel of my life over to God did I know where I was to go.  I quit complaining, I quit the self-seeking... I had to let go.  When I let go, when I put all of my trust, all of my life in the hands of the one who created me in His image, did all the pieces begin to fall into place. 
My life began to change a few years ago.  God began to pull away the scales that covered my eyes, the earphones of this world that filled my ears and scraped away the old Anna to allow the new me in Christ to come in.  In all of the change - all of it good - He created in me a heart - a desire - a love - a passion - for a people, for a place, for a world unknown to me.  I dreamed, I prayed, I longed to enter into this promise land on earth that God had made for me.  This Promise Land you ask - is not the same as where Moses was leading the Israelites, yet, it is the Promise Land of Alaska.  The Last Frontier State.  The 49th state of the United States.  A land of promise, a land of hope, a land that holds fast to centuries of Indian - native traditions.  Yes - Alaska - is my promise land. 

I am sitting in the airport, sad because I know that I leave here tonight - this morning - on the red eye - back to a home that houses my bed, my belongings, yet I come back without my heart - without my soul.  Alaska is where I belong.  My heart aches for the people - the natives of this land.  My heart aches to be here - to share the Gospel of OUR King.  To share a love that God has placed in my heart for these people.  I don't want to leave.  I see the faces - they are embedded in my mind - they will never leave me.  I ache to be here. 
My friends - pray with me - today and always for the Lord's divine direction in not only in my life - but in the lives of these wonderful native people.  They love and laugh - they cry and hurt - they sing and dance - they too have a Savior that died for them.  Pray for discernment, understanding, knowledge and wisdom.  Pray that I will follow His will and not my own.  Pray that the doors will be opened for the right time and that all the pieces will fall into place. 

I am ready when He is.
Here are a few pics of my travels.  I have several videos to upload but will do that when I get in.  Till then, please pray for me, you and our world.  For the ones who have not been touched and the ones who know HIS NAME but do not call upon Him. 

Matthew 29:19-20 ~ "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."



Packing up and getting ready to head out


Alaska Hwy and Tok Cutoff - we are almost there!

Stop and ate at mile 1313.3

Beautiful sunset over the bay

God's beauty

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jesus Loves the little children....

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

I returned to Anchorage today after 4 days in the Interior Region of Alaska.  4 days of seeing God's mighty hand at work in me, through me - in others and through others.  His light was shining bright.  Did you see it where you were at?  I have to think - to believe that you did.  

It has been 5 months now that I have been praying.  5 months since I have been dreaming.  5 months since I have known that this week was to be a week laid out specifically for the purpose of me and the others to go to a small village in the Interior Region of Alaska.  5 months of loving the faces of kids, adults and elders I did not even know yet.  

It has been 15 hours since I have left the village.  15 hours since the first tear streamed down my face as I waved goodbye to a little fellow and his dog as I watched him walk to school and my team and I drove off.  15 hours since I saw the Tribal Hall.  15 hours since I saw the signs saying "thank you" for keeping their village clean.  15 hours since my heart left me.

I sit here in my room in a church in Anchorage and I type these words and tears stream down my face knowing that I really do not know when I will see M or S or T or E or B or D or R or E or E or B or any of the other kids and parents and elders again.  Oh dear Lord - my Savior, my King - you know where my heart is and you so graciously opened this door for me to go and see them, to love them, to cry with them as I shared my story, to hug them - to kiss their heads - to hold their hands, to sing with them, to laugh with them and be silly with them.... Oh Lord, I pray that you would open the doors for me to come back - to go back and be a steady person in their lives for days, weeks, months - years to come.  

They have my heart.  God has been so good.  God shined bright and all the glory goes to Him!!!!  He is my everything.  He is my love.  He is my world and I owe Him my life and I look forward to continue giving Him my life for Him to be glorified.

KIDS - if you are reading this... I am coming back soon!!!!  I miss you already!!!  
PARENTS - if you are reading this.... I am coming back soon!!!!  I miss you already!!!
ELDERS - if you are reading this.... I am coming back soon!!!!!  I miss you already!!!!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

More videos

To God be the Glory forever and ever, amen!!!  
Welcome to Alaska - the Last Frontier State.  
The land of the midnight sun.  
Welcome!

I wake up to see moose - pretty awesome!


Today is the day.  I head out in about an hour and a half to the remote villages of Alaska.  Natives - indigenous to this land.  Religious beliefs that are not the same as mine, but an opportunity to share the good news with these people that God, our Savior, loves. 

Now is not the time to stop praying.  Be in prayer constantly.  Pray together in groups.  Lift me and my team up as we boldly confess the word of God.  Pray that God is glorified through each of us.  That we - my group - edify one another - sharpening one another in the name of God.  Pray that no weapon would come at us that would prosper. 

My friends and family, love these people as God loves them.  Ask God to open your eyes to the love He already has for them.  Whether it is the people of Alaska, or your neighbor across the street.  Love the ones that are hardest to love.  Ask God to open your heart to that love. 

I don't expect this journey to be easy.  I do not want easy.  I want Jesus.  We know His story.  His life.  The journey He took on this earth.  He came in the form of man, to be ridiculed, beaten, betrayed, spit on, persecuted - eventually death - for you and for me - AND for these people.  I go on this journey for the name above all names - the king of Kings and lord of Lords - the Alpha and the Omega - Jesus Christ.  I will endure hardships and experience joys beyond recognition for His name alone. I go and I love for Him. 

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I should be back in a few days where I can update you with all that happened in these villages.  Pray - Pray - Pray. 

I love you and may God bless you today and always
In Christ's Name
~Anna~