Finding Prosperity

I went to Cuba in May 2012 on a missions trip with a group of people from church. I truly found prosperity in one of the poorest and most oppressed countries I have ever been in. I went “to help and give.” Little did I know that I was the one who was going to receive the most! I learned about LOVE and True Prosperity. You don’t have to have all the commodities, gadgets, extras, and money to buy and do whatever you want in order to be truly happy. These people taught me that having a grateful and thankful heart is more valuable than money. I learned about making the best out of every situation. Wearing a smile because I am alive and Christ is soon coming for me. I am in awe to be property of such an amazing Father and His Kingdom. I learned in Cuba that even though I have all the things I have here, I really didn’t have what I truly needed. I needed to love more, thank God more, praise God more, live for HIM more. Thank you God for teaching me true...

Bitterness Is A Root Issue – My Witness To Deliverance

One of my favorite God stories from last year’s retreat was after I had the privilege of speaking about the roots of unforgiveness and and bitterness. I got a call 0n my cell a few hours after I spoke and the young lady said to me: “Ana, can you come pray for me?” I said YES!!!! I went to her room and I prayed over her and for her hard heart towards her father, whom she had NO relationship with at all. Never did as a matter of fact. He totally abandoned her as a baby. She had so much hatred and unforgiveness towards him. She also had unforgiveness toward her step dad who abused her verbally and physically growing up. She had a root of abandonment, unforgiveness, rejection, and never felt loved by any of her earthly fathers. She had chosen a life of drugs, street living, alcohol, promiscuity, and such. She was saved a couple of year’s ago at a women’s event we held at our church where Laura Dahne spoke about the Master Gardner Book that she written. I led this young lady to Christ when she approached me that evening during the event. GOD IS SO GOOD!! That day at the women’s retreat the Lord spoke LIFE, LIGHT, FORGIVENESS, & LOVE into her heart. She forgave her dad and step dad – she wept and wept and repented and turned all her wrath and hatred over to God to deal with them. She understood that forgiveness did NOT mean that what they did to her was okay. She “got it”! God was going to avenge...

God Has A Way Of Turning Our Pride Into His Treasures

Last year’s retreat forever changed my life. I graduated! I grew! I was challenged! I saw God’s glory in all aspects of the retreat, from the beginning to the end. Although it was a lot of work we really had fun putting the retreat together. The filming of the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was hilarious! The drama queens and the drama director Karen had a blast too! When I sensed the call to speak at the retreat, I was terrified! When I am nervous, I forget things that I want to say. Needless to say, I had to rely completely on the Holy Spirit to put the words He wanted me to speak in my mouth, and HE DID! I will never forget the HOLY RUSH I felt standing up there speaking for HIM. I think I know how Moses felt! Totally unequipped by my own power, but TOTALLY COVERED AND EQUIPPED BY HIS POWER. If it had been me speaking it would of been a mess. I praise God and glorify HIM alone for the words HE impressed in my heart to speak of. Funny… I never thought I would be able to get up in front of 100 women to speak about my “junk”. God has a way of turning our pride into HIS treasures. Our shame into His victory. Our ashes and dirt into HIS beauty. I am NOT ashamed to admit that I don’t have it all together cause that is the truth. I am walking it out everyday with God’s grace. Everyday I wake up committing myself to live for HIM and asking...