Thursday, November 20, 2008

Part Deux Of The Challenge To Love

What an interesting day in my little corner of the world and as I was thinking about it on my way home from work I couldn't help but practice my new habit of being thankful - and today, I have a lot to be thankful for.

I was reading through all of the comments from my earlier post and couldn't help but laugh (I know, it's a SERIOUS situation) because of the irony of it all. What the enemy intended for evil, God literally threw it right back in his face(I love it when he does that). And I have some wonderful friends out there who are extremely generous with their encouragement and love - and that my friends is hope.

As I turned the final corner before reaching my house do you know what I saw? A rainbow. Seriously, a RAINBOW. It was like God just said 'Hey, I'm big, and loving, and here, and protective and I will take care of you. Always. I've got your back.' And you know what? There was an army of 'got your backers' out there today. I am so thankful for Sherri, Bo, Helen, Mare, KATDISH and Beth and all of the emails, and prayers and encouraging words. I felt an incredible amount of love being poured out and yes Bo, I did have a pretty awesome day! The really cool thing in all of this is that I have a circle of friends that extends clear to Africa and it just proves to me how little I am compared to the incredibly big God I serve.

15 comments:

Beth said...

Sweet. I've been praying for you today. Rainbows are the best.

On a side note, have I told you how much I LOVE Oregon? My grandparents lived all over Oregon and some of my cousins still live there...I don't think they ever lived in Bend, but I had a wonderful Christmas in Baker City once. Coming from a boring flat state like Indiana, taking a plane and visiting my grandparents among the mountains was always THE most exciting adventure!

Helen said...

I know we are Hungarian, not Irish, so egeshegeray (that is a phonetic spelling, not a correct one) . Here is an Irish toast for all us gal pals.


May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.

Mean, I know. And my ankles swell easily, so I walk with a limp. I am so heartless... I am so unP.C....

katdish said...

Awww. Thanks Annie. I'm glad your day was blessed. And ditto right back at you.

Sherri said...

I obsessively checked your site yesterday to check to make sure things were still Okay, then finally quit, and didn't know then you changed your post.

You're a great lady Elly, and God did do that exactly that..., turned around what was meant to detroy you and instead made it into ONE HUGE BLESSING!
and I love sayin' this 'cause it's so true...

That God, you just can't beat Him!


hmmm... my veri word is "ticities"

I'm gonna prounce the c as a hard c (like "car") and say that ticities are the major things sent into our day meant to "Tick" us off, then God turns them around in our favor and they become only minor "ticities"

Sherri said...

DOn't say I said anything but KATDISH sounded pretty sober and serious there.

I'm proud of her.

Annie K said...

Beth - I am lucky to live in Bend. It is so beautiful here and I love the mountains and anything that has to do with the outdoors(the ski resort is 20 minutes up the road.) Not a lot of 'flat land' around here! And thanks for the prayers - you are an awesome lady!

Helen - I will pray for your limp. ;)

Katdish - cheers!

Sherri - Double cheers!

Lucullan said...

Wow...and all the way to Africa someones life has been affected...whew. :) I am praying for you "Annie",as I always have. I pray you truly find peace, love, frienship and happiness for all of your days. After all, you are a child of God, we all are...God says to love thy neighbor...even though you have wronged us in many hurtful ways and continue to do so day in and day out, we will all still be praying for you. My pastor, Brian has you on his prayer list too, now there is a posse of people you don't know, who are are working for God, praying for you. See folks, even though she has manipulated this situation and caused severe pain unto others, as little as two days ago, all has been forgiven...it is all in God's hands and it is He who will take care of this child of his. I am so happy for you that you have found such a loving, caring, cyber community. May the rest of us finally be left in peace to live our lives, just as you have been granted?

Sherri said...

"Lucullen",

Just stop. You KNOW what you just did was wrong.

Anonymous said...

2008/11/20


Resolve Anger Quickly
by Rick Warren



If you are angry, be sure that it is not out of wounded pride or bad temper. Never go to bed angry – don’t give the devil that sort of foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27 (PH)


*** *** *** ***


It’s okay to be angry, but anger becomes wrong when it’s not resolved quickly. The apostle Paul teaches, if you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin and do not stay angry all day.


The Phillips translation says, “Never go to bed angry.” That would keep a few of us up all night! If you said, “In our marriage, we’ll never go to bed angry,” you might work toward resolving problems a lot faster.


When anger is not dealt with quickly, it can turn to resentment and, then into bitterness. Bitterness is always sin; resentment is always sin; those emotions are always wrong.


But that doesn’t mean anger is always wrong. When you care about people, sometimes anger is the correct response. I get angry when I see people blowing their lives on things that don’t matter. I get angry when I see people walking right into the middle of something they know is wrong.


Regardless, we’re to resolve our anger quickly, or else we’re giving the devil a chance push us into bitterness and resentment.


© 2008 Purpose Driven Life. All rights reserved.

Helen said...

Lucullan,
We love Annie, and we will not turn against her no matter what you say. We realize she isn't perfect, but then neither are we. We accept her, and she accepts us. Unconditional love is a beautiful thing to give and receive. I both give and receive it from my galpals. So does Annie. I truly hope you have unconditional love in your life. If you don't, then I advise you to give it. It usually comes back to you. When it doesn't, just do it again. It has a huge success rate.
You are obviously feeling hurt. I hope you heal, and stop trying to begrude Annie her healing time with her cyber friends. Maybe you need your own blog. Then we could click on your name, read your side of the story (hopefully your story, not your snide comments about someone who has become dear to us) and maybe even offer you the same unconditional love we give each other.
I also hope you have truly forgiven Annie. For your sake as well as for hers. Giving forgiveness is even more healing than receiving it. God bless you. It is His nature to want to, and I want God to have every opportunity to do His own will.
Anonymous,
Rick Warren made some very good points. I hope you were paying attention to them as you were typing.

Mare said...

Someone who says "all has been forgiven" doesn't attempt to degrade said person in public...or private.

Annie...you said you've also felt the burden of holidng on to hate before and have found freedom. Me as well. Thank God for freedom and hope for such freedom for...others. Meanwhile, remember you are Loved Loved Loved by your creator who knows the WHOLE story. =)

Helen said...

Good point Mare.

Sherri said...

Notice how quickly darkness fell here today?

I would hope that I would never be one known as bringing darkness to a place where people are enjoying themselves.

THIS is ANNIE's site.

I would hope that anyone with any amount of decency who is claiming they are praying for someone, would show some respect and be gone.

For God's sake.

Annie K said...

Dear Anonymous(s), Lucullan and BOHICA (that was very clever by the way!),

I have been mulling over in my mind all day how to address your comments in the most appropriate way possible and I hope I can do so most eloquently.

When I wrote the original post I did not give any indication who had said those things to me because WHO said it was not the point of the post. I was writing from my heart about how I felt about hearing those words and my own struggle in dealing with hate and anger. Period. It became personal when you went on the defensive and began posting negative comments solely directed at humiliating me. I will not get into a public debate with you about who did or didn't do what to whom, or who said or didn't say what to whom in our past. That is not what my blog is for.

You can choose to not read my blog if you do not like what I write. Also, my blog is not a place for your anger, bitterness and hurtful words and I will not allow such comments.

If you truly want to, at some point work toward putting our differences aside and come to a point of forgiving each other I would be more than happy to do that privately. You know my email address and can email at any time.

Anne

Helen said...

Wanna dance a csardas at Mare's party? Youtube has some great csardases (so confused about the plural of that). Did your dad have Frank Mikisits records. Mine did. Do you know how to pronounce Mikisits? Yikes! I always thought dad was swearing until he told me the was s is pronounced in Hungarian. I don't speak Hungarian, how about you? I can say Merry Christmas, and a few greetings, but it won't get me very far. Egeshegeray (spelled phonetically, not correctly).