Friday, June 5, 2009


I wanted to share about my trip last week to Dallas and how God spoke clearly to me about it. Shane and I were supposed to go to Dallas together for a 4 day business trip. At the last minute childcare was not working out so Shane looked at me and said, "Anna, you just need to fly down and go by yourself." That sounds all fine and dandy. I used to travel by myself all the time but not in the last 9 years. The thought of flying by myself, to a place where I was not going to know one single person made my stomach churn with fear.

The instant he said I needed to go by myself I felt very clearly in my spirit that I was to go get the daily verse out of my devotional book because God had a word to tell me. I ran to get my verse and it said, "Do not fear, do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand." Is 41:10

Wow. I sat there with my feet hanging off the side of the bed and a mouth dropped open in wide disbelief. My husband had just told me to go and God confirmed His Will through His Word by telling me not to be afraid, that he would give me strength and uphold me with his very own hand. That is when the tempter came into my thoughts whispering the lie that God could not have possibly meant that clear verse for me. I rebuked that thought and went to book my ticket.

30 minutes later my trip was set and we sat at the dinner table as a family. I am not a cryer, but I burst into tears, scared to death of what I had committed myself to, and am pretty sure I was freaking out all the boys I live with with my emotional display of freaking out. Now for the fun part-telling you about the trip God sent me on. The travel by myself was perfectly fine. The minute I stepped onto the shuttle I sat right next to a preacher's wife. I had the privilege of staying in a room all by myself. My bed was so soft and I slept more sound that I have in years. They would not allow us to lift a finger to help clean up our dishes or anything. The food was amazing. I got top notch training and God used the words spoken to clarify my vision for my business. I met some of the neatest, godliest, encouraging ladies. Instant friends kind of fun girls. The kind that became lifelong friends a matter of minutes.

It was the most restful, recharging 4 days. And, to top it off, I got to have dinner at the founder of Premier's mansion and it was fun, fun, fun. This is a picture of me with Andy & Joan Horner. They founded Premier 24 years ago on my 9th birthday!

This is one of their bedrooms. So pink and girly and pretty. After dinner at the Horner's, we always sit around Andy in the living room and he talks to us. Do you know he has never talked to us about money or a bottom line? His message is always the same. He tells us we are special and that God does not take the time to make a nobody. He tells us that our life has a purpose. He talks about how the world is hurting and we are Premier to everyone we meet. And our job is to offer hope to every lady we come into contact with. There is a large picture hanging in Andy's office and it is a picture of Jesus washing Peter's feet. I am always blown away that a huge part of my ministry in life is my job.

I better wrap this up for anyone who may have hung around till the end. The next few days I'm going to be sharing about some faith things I've been working through.

(p.s. if you scroll down 2 posts I took a picture of my high maintenance tag)


Anonymous said...

gotta love it when He speaks so clearly! You didn't say you dined with the Horner' are big time girl! I am so proud of you for listening to the call...for having the courage...and so excited God blessed you so abundantly for it.
Love you

Leslie said...

I'm glad you had a nice trip on your own. Honestly, I think I'd be gying too, but for a WHOLE other reason. I haven't had time to myself in so long I'm scared I just wouldn't know what to do!
I'm so glad that God spoke clearly to you though and that you KNEW you'd be OK.
I'm laughing out oud about that tag. BEND YOUR KNEES!!!!!!

Jenny said...

how fun!!! I'd LOVE to go anywhere by myself for a few days... ;)