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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's the Digital Content Manager at (in)courage, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their little kids. She loves a good book, a great latte, and walking her dog (not all at once.)

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  1. Anna,
    Your daughter is the spitting image of her beautiful momma! I think we all need to take a lesson from your four year old. “We need pray!” This needs to be constantly on our lips – not just in times of trial or crisis, but ALL the time. I can’t think of a situation or experience that is not prayer worthy. Lately, I’ve really been concentrating on prayers of gratitude for all my blessings and when I pray about our world, I give thanks, in advance, for what God is going to do in and through these turbulent times. Yes, we need pray…right now!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Thank you, Anna. I have a few prayers on repeat right now, and it always blesses me to be reminded that God is listening, not judging, and hearing the heart behind my cries.

  3. Oh my goodness.
    You have no idea how much I needed to read that.

    I’ve struggling to pray and I feel pain because of that.
    OCD and anxiety don’t help me, of course, but I once heard: I am not them.
    I am a child of God. So, even we I can’t pray with words, God is listening to my heart.

    May He bless you. <3

  4. Anna,

    You are raising great prayer warriors. This world needs more of them. Your sweet family is following in their parents’ footsteps. Many people use prayer as a last resort. If their efforts aren’t working then I guess we should pray. Some people don’t realize that they can pray about anything. Have a test at school, project at work, thinking about going back to school or moving ask God to guide you. He is there waiting to commune with His children. Now more than ever we need prayer room warriors. Your prayer room can be anywhere you like. On the way to work talk with Him about your day. Lunch time thank Him for getting you through the morning. Any time, any place is a great time to talk with God. Let’s get going & pray more.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Children are a blessing on too the Lord. I love them. None of my sister’s are saved so their kids are not saved. Only one set of my sister’s kids goes to Sunday School. Which as their Aunty I am very thankful for. I have no kids of my own. Was not that brave to have any. But I am the eldest and only one saved. I pray for there Salvation. None in my Family Saved. But God hears my prayers and I know in his own time he will answer them. I just live my life in front of them for Jesus. As if I said anything a row go up. You know one thing I thank God for. That my Parents even though my Mum not here today. But my Dad both of them not saved. Sent us me and my two sisters to Sunday School. At the time no I didn’t like going. But not looking back. I glad they sent me. As I learnt the stories of Jesus. I learned how to pray. I am very thankful too them for that. So glad too be saved to today. I have one wish I pray on to God for it. My Dad 80 next year. I want nothing from him. When he dies. I prayed this prayer many times. I will never give up praying it. It is too see him some for God kindom. That would be the best present my Dad could ever give me. Plus the prayer I could ever have answered. But I can’t tell my Dad he needs to get saved. As my Dad would say don’t preach at me. My sister’s would tell me off. So when I get him a card for say Father day or his Birthday I say always in it praying for you. Just live my life for Jesus in front of him and pray for him and his salvation. I know God hears my prayers from my heart. Like he hears your Daughter’s. Your Daughter is just Beautiful. I live in Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh. N.Ireland. I keep you all incourage in my prayer. We are God Children. He Love us. I love your reading. Xxx

  6. Thank you for the great post, Anna.
    I grew up in the church but in the south so we prayed about everything, out loud, all the time. I married a Lutheran pastor’s son and it took me a long time to understand the difference that he grew up with (quiet internal prayers except meals/bed) and that one wasn’t better than the other per se. I am happily Lutheran and now Minnesotan too, but while my husband is still more comfortable with quiet, our son has grown up learning and being comfortable with both ways and knowing that conversations with God are the most important thing.

    • Thank you for sharing a part of your story, Elizabeth! I love meeting fellow Minnesotans 🙂 and I love that your kiddo is learning to keep the main thing the main thing. What a gift you’re giving him.

  7. Oh Anna I love this post it is such a Blessing to me as I love to Pray through out the day and night. I know God hears and answers Prayer because he has answered so many Prayers for me through the years. I was 6 or 7 years old when I was saved and I am 94 and still serving him and the way grows sweeter all the time. Your daughter is a doll just like her Mama.

    Lord Bless you and your family.

    • Julia Bridgewater,
      Your sweet post just made my day. I had to stop and pray a blessing over you just now. Thankful for your testimony of His faithfulness and your many years of faithful service for Him. Sending you a hug too.

  8. Thank you for your post. What an encouragement to see young moms teaching their kids to talk to God through prayer.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  9. He wants what’s best for us and we must trust that His timing is perfect. We can’t waiver or grow impatient while we wait, because God is always paying attention to our prayers.

  10. Had a particularly hard weekend last week — it is much better today! Was praying hard about a serious problem….thank you for this timely post…much appreciated! The last two paragraphs jumped out at me in a particular way! THANK YOU!