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Winter Wonder Renewed Connection Weekend

My long weekend did not go as planned. I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do, but I did get from it what I needed – a renewed connection to the Lord and His purpose.

I left off in my last post turning my troubles to God after awaking plague with anxiety, fear and doubt…and in need of retrieving my car from the parking lot where I had to leave it.

Shortly after finishing the post, the sun came out, and I began my journey back to my car. It was a gorgeous afternoon, and the roads were clear. I enjoyed my hike back down the mountain, and found my car where I’d left it. I drove back to where I was staying without any issues.

The next day, I woke up to another beautiful day and was able to drive home safely. I was home for about ½ hour and it started to snow. As I watched it snowed, I felt the overwhelming love I have for the Lord, and gratitude for the personal relationship we share. He is diligently watching over me, and taking care of my needs.

I realized this weekend my commitment to Him had become a habit…a routine and that’s not acceptable to Him. God expects us to be purposeful in seeking Him. He doesn’t want us to take Him for granted or place anything above Him. He opened my eyes through some struggles and challenges to make me aware I was going astray. The nudge to get back on track was overall gentle, but yet direct. He reminded me I need Him, and only Him. He controls everything. All I have to do is listen, obey and serve.

Walk by faith

For We Walk by Faith, Not By Sight 2 Corinthians 5:7

The weekend was also a reminder of His constant powerful presence in my life. He does have a plan for my life; a plan that requires I maintain a persistent and intentional relationship/dependence on Him and only Him. Not to sound prideful, but it is a privilege and honor to be pursued by the Lord in this fashion. It’s also scary; His plan for my life…scares me, I know I can’t do it without Him. Events like this weekend are reminders, reminders to keep preparing me.

I returned to work empowered and renewed to continue to give it my best – which I desperately needed, especially after how the New Year started out.

I didn’t get what I wanted but I got EXACTLY what I needed. If you’ve never experienced what that’s like; I encourage you to become more intentional in your relationship with the Lord. He works everything for our good, but in order for you to see/experience it; you have to first get in alignment with His will and fully surrender your life to Him.