Psalm 33

May this Psalm be the prayer that resounds in my heart during my 33rd year!

The Greatness and Goodness of God

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
    Praise befits the upright.
Praise the Lord with the lyre;
    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song;
    play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,
    and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
    he put the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
    he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands for ever,
    the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.

13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
    he sees all humankind.
14 From where he sits enthroned he watches
    all the inhabitants of the earth—
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all,
    and observes all their deeds.
16 A king is not saved by his great army;
    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
    and by its great might it cannot save.

18 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
    on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 to deliver their soul from death,
    and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and shield.
21 Our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

All praise and glory and honor be to You O God! Thank You for these 32 years of life. Thank You for bringing me into this new year of joy and hope! May I never fail to call upon You my Lord, my savior and always stay at your side. Amen.

Happy 13th Birthday Everything Anna!

Thirteen years ago I registered my website. What started as a portfolio site where I would share my artwork that told a story in pictures, over time became a blog where I shared stories in written words.

The content has changed, yet at it’s core it reaffirms what I discovered not too long ago about myself: I am a story teller. Whether that’s expressed through art, photos, written word etc. it doesn’t matter. As long as I am communicating my stories, I am being true to myself. 😊

That being said…

Cheers to 13 years and may this new year be filled with stories!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna

Because You Do Not Ask…

In today’s devotional the writer referenced a fictional story about a boy who God showed two warehouses of stuff. One was filled with money, cars and other worldly posessions, the other had stacks of various limbs. The worldly one represented the things people prayed for and the other with miscellaneous body parts represented answers to prayers not prayed. God wants to bless us more than we want even for ourselves, and if we don’t ask, we won’t receive.

It’s actually a challenging one to think about. How often do I neglect to pray about a basic physical ailment, yet pray for unnecessary things? Probably more than I care to admit.

Today I awoke shivering and still no fever. 😑 After a moment of whining about the rollercoaster of “yes I’m sick – or not?” of the past 3 days I snapped out of it and looked at big picture. I thanked God for His blessing and asked for full restoration of health. Sickness isn’t in His plan, and it isn’t in mine either. 🙂

Lord Jesus, thank you for the unexpected gift of health the past three days. I ask now for full healing and restoration of health as well as strength and clarity to prepare for inventory well. Amen.

“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

Thranduil Box!

After a month + of waiting, my Thranduil trinket box has come in! It has a latch on the outside to keep treasures in the box and my name inscribed on the lid in case I mix it up with someone elses…? 😉

I really like this artwork of Thranduil. It’s quite detailed and even has his sword~! 😍 After I did my Hobbit and LotR marathon last month I realized that most Thranduil items on eBay are movie merch but they are way too expensive and mass produced. Mehhh… Once I found this box on Etsy I had to get it and am quite pleased. 🙂

If you want to check it out, it is from GiftsFairyCrafts on Etsy.

It’s About Attitude

Today while I was updating price tags I happened to be by my coworker who was assisting a husband and wife with selecting glasses.

The wife had tried on cateye frames and thought they were too loud but they started growing on her. After trying a larger version of the glasses she started recounting that everytime she would try to choose a larger frame her friends would shoot it down and talk her into a smaller frame.

She was feeling a bit exasperated, ‘I have a big face and they don’t want me to wear a large frame. What type of women actually wear these?’

I turned around, looked her right in the eye and said, “Sometimes it just comes down to attitude.” And I thrust my left hip out tossed my hair and put my hand on my hip.

As a big woman myself I could empathize with her frustration. I have had many wardrobe pieces that didn’t meet the dressing room critic’s approval, but if it fits and I really like it, I take that extra bit of care to style it and just own the look. Because of my confident attitude I end up getting compliments – even from the naysayers. 😉

At a certain point you have to stop worrying about everyone’s opinion and be confident and happy with what you’re wearing. -me

I don’t know if she will purchase the cateye glasses, but if she does, I hope she gets them because she loves them. 🙂

Cheers!

Anna