Be Multiplied

The gospel reading today was the feeding of the 5,000.

Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.  
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.

The part that tugged my heart was the disciples telling the Lord they only had a little bread and fish so they couldn’t possibly feed the crowd. Yet that little bit put into the hands of the Lord is multiplied, feeding every person there and still having extra!

How often have I said something similar to what the disciples did? “Look Lord, I’m not the person for this task. See what I have? I don’t have enough.” With this reading I felt the Lord challenge me to give what I have to Him and He will be the one to transform it for the task He has given me.

Thank you Lord for this word that has challenged my protestations and for calling me to humbly assess what I have and give it to you, instead of moving into excuses and doubt. Lord I ask for an increase of humility and gratitude that I may respond properly to the Holy Spirit’s prompting as I continue become the woman You made me to be. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Hello August!

A Month of New Beginnings

Hello hello!

We are now in the 8th month of the year and this morning I heard that the number 8 in the Bible represents new beginnings. Since Christ rose on the 8th day (the day after the sabbath) I would say this is right! 🙂 And so I declare August my month of new beginnings.

July was a challenge in so many ways, but God came through for me. He answered my prayers and gave me peace and clarity of mind which I haven’t had in months. Thank you Jesus! With this gift I’ve had space to think clearly and realized that I cannot remain as I am AND receive the blessings God has promised me. So in this time of new beginnings I’ll be prayerfully working on the things that the Holy Spirit has directed my attention to. I’ll make sure to share as I am able. 🙂

Have a wonderful month!

-Anna❤

Happy July!

It’s the first day of the month and I’ve been setting goals for what I want to accomplish the next 30 days!

But first to recap June’s adventures…

  • Went on a road trip to Frankenmuth where we were focusing on antiquing and seeing things that we hadn’t before. It was nice to be out and about!
  • I started WW again and after a few bumps and blunders I’m now staying in my 23 point range on work days! Huzzah!
  • My trusty DSLR is dying (or at least my main lens is) so I borrowed a Canon camera to take graduation photos with! The picture quality wasn’t amazing… I probably need to go through some tutorials! Right now I like my Nikon better but I need to look into getting a replacement soon.
  • Garden is growing! Just harvested my first batch of yellow beans! My lettuce has been ready for picking for over a week but I’ve been lethargic about doing it! XD
  • I made strawberry rhubarb jam with my grandma and then made raspberry rhubarb jam with my rhubarb plant the next day! They both turned out yummy!
  • Beach day! I built a sandcastle and had a little boy try to help me by filling up my bucket to pour into the moat! It was really sweet. 😊

My top goals for July are:

  • Prepping enough WW snacks to get through the work day
  • Food prepping in general! XD
  • Tidying up the house and yard to have a family cookout!
  • Have 1 adventure a week!
  • Complete at least one major creative project. Hmm…what will it be?

There are a lot of odds and ends I’d like to work on, but this list will do for now! ^^

What are your goals for July?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna❤