Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Gift Called 'Encouragement'!

Hey everyone,
As I prepare to do another radio segment, I came across this wonderful truth with regards to giving someone the gift of life by using the ‘gift of encouragement’. I am thinking especially of our young people at the time of this writing. In our “Coming Up Higher” meeting yesterday, we joined collectively and prayed for our children, youth, young adults and grandchildren. It was strong! Here is what one person wrote with regards to how someone gave him the ‘gift of encouragement’ at a very young age and look how far it has produced!

“When I was struggling to find my way as a high school senior, my Bible teacher sent me to a life of significance just by writing a few words in my yearbook, ‘With talents for leadership in God’s Kingdom.’
The power of those seven words shook me. They jumped off the page and into my soul. They encouraged me to believe that God had a plan for me and my gifts. That note was written to me more than a half-century ago, but it remains fresh even today. With those words echoing in my ears I became determined to make a difference in life.” Rich DeVos (at the time of the writing it says he was the President of the Orlando Magic basketball team and co-founder and chairman of Amway Corporation.) Power Points for Success by Bob Harrison
I would love to hear your comments regarding this 'gift' called 'encouragement'!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Word from Dick Mills is 'Change' is coming! And it's gonna be good!

Hey everyone,
Last night we went to hear Dick Mills as it was our first night for Bethesda Bible College. For many of our e-mail gang who are not familiar with this man, suffice it to say that he is one of the most trusted, solid men of our time who flows in the field of prophecy and exhortation.
He had a word last night and I want to give it to all of you. The word is CHANGE! He said that change is coming to the body of Christ and to individuals. He talked about how change can be difficult for many, but that change is an awesome reality. He made reference to Job 14:14, where Job said that he would wait until the ‘change’ came! Job was waiting for the refreshing winds of change…in essence, for revival, renewal, an invigoration, an exchange to come to him.
Are you waiting for a ‘change’? Keep looking up my friend! Those refreshing winds are beginning to blow across the horizon! The Holy Spirit wants to blow ‘afresh’ into your sails! Let Him! I tell you…Let Him blow across your garden! Let Him bring the change that we all so desperately need! Come on now! (You all get me to preachin’ over here!)
He also said that we are not programmed to fail…NO! We are programmed to win! Now, before you hurry across the page, I want you to think about that…your born-again nature is literally programmed, much like a computer….TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!!! He then gave someone Isaiah 48:15, at which time, I said, “I’ll take that thank you very much!” Why don’t you take the word ‘CHANGE’ and ‘programmed to win’ and Isaiah 48:15 as your own too!
Yeah baby!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Stay the Course and Don't Quit!"

1 Peter 5:10-But may the God of all grace Who called us to His eternal glory, by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while,
1. perfect-katarizo-adjust and repair; as in ‘mending the nets’, restore; this word signifies ‘right ordering’ and ‘arrangement’.
2. establish-sterizo-to fix; to set; “stablish your hearts”….to not waiver!
3. strengthen-sthenoo-to strengthen now and well into the future…to strengthen in the inner man continually…
4. settle-to make a complete decision; a resolve; not a “consider”-to lay a foundation, as if to say, “This is what I know! I am fully persuaded!”
Peter was exhorting these wonderful believers to not back down from their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! These believers had embraced the Good News many years prior on the day of Pentecost as you will see in the book of Acts. Now, years later, persecution is setting in and they are beginning to ‘feel the heat’ as they take their stand for Christ! Peter wanted to make sure that his hearers would ‘stay the course’ and allow God to continually do the above four things in their lives; and not give in to the pressures of the persecution!
In the verses immediately prior to v. 10, Peter tells them to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God; (v.6), to cast their care upon Him; (v.7)…(the word ‘cast’ literally means to ‘vehemently throw your burden off from you and onto something or Someone else!’); to resist the devil; (v.9), and then we see in (v. 10), he says may the ‘God of all grace’!....(oh yes….may we never forget that He is the God of all GRACE!!! He has enough GRACE to match any and all ‘heated’ trials!), perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you!
Are you ‘feeling the heat’ in a situation and as a result being tempted to give up? I encourage you to follow these steps that Peter is telling his listeners to follow. Humble yourself, cast your care, continue to resist that temptation to give up, and watch as the ‘God of all grace’ comes on the scene and begins to perfect, (get your situation in the right order!), establish, (teach you how not to waver…remember, Peter’s name use to be Simon…wavering one….now he is Peter…the rock!), strengthen, (in the inner man continually), and settle (helping you to lay a solid foundation on Christ, that nothing can move you!) you. He will do it my friend…just stay the course!
Thinking of you all as you are ‘going through’ the heat of summer,
Would love for you to comment!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mirror Mirror 2007!

Mirror Mirror June 22, 2007
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Hey everyone!
I just could not get over our Mirror Mirror Conference this past Friday night….we had the time of our lives!
The room was packed as all 200 chairs were filled to capacity! We had girls from seven different churches being represented and many who do not attend church at all….these girls are absolutely amazing! And I mean that! Girls, as you look at these photos, I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out….your hunger and vibrancy drew the Presence of God to that meeting! Thank you that you would allow me to pour into you…
To all of you who donated gifts, ( 50 in total! ) may some of these photos show you just how excited and how much receiving a special ‘something’ meant to these beautiful young women. I pray that you get blessed back in ways that you could never have imagined!
My sincere prayer for all of us, is that we would grow ever so deeply in the revelation of God’s unconditional love. That is the true cure for rejection. Remember girls, one of our main Scriptures…Ephesians 1:4-He actually picked us out for Himself as His own, IN CHRIST, before the foundation of the universe!
I love you all,
Anna Donahue Ministries

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Wisdom to Build!

Proverbs 14:1-“The wise woman builds her house. But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

I have always known and watched with great earnest the ‘how to’s of a project…what goes on ‘behind the scenes’…how was that vision, that building, that dream that you have….how was that constructed? I have watched for years how God will take a person and will construct and then ‘re-construct’ him/her into His very image. I came across this line and I want to pass it on to you.
“You develop during the framework, what will hold God’s plan!”

How crucial to develop the proper framework! It must have within its very fibers, the wisdom of God, in order for it to last. We see in Proverbs 14:1, that a wise woman builds her house. Within its very framework, we see ‘wisdom’. Hmmmm….Wisdom-how does she obtain such wisdom? I have highlighted 5 special bullets from the Proverbs 31 woman that gives us insight.
1. The fear of the Lord-Proverbs 1:7 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom.” Ahhh…..there is the origin of that much needed wisdom….”the fear of the Lord”…in a nutshell, when one has a healthy ‘fear of the Lord’, he/she does not treat something ‘holy’ as common…he/she hears the truth from the Scriptures and it produces the proper change…it is not filtered or watered down through one’s own culturally influenced thinking…please note, that at the end of Proverbs 31:30 it states, “but a woman who ‘fears the Lord’….,in the beginning and at the end of this wise woman’s life, is the building block of ‘the fear of the Lord’.
2. Trust-Proverbs 31:11-The heart of her husband safely trusts her;…Trust is another critical building block as this woman builds. What builds trust?
3. Preparedness-Proverbs 31:15-She also rises early enough to be prepared to meet needs. V. 21-She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She is prepared!
4. Heart and Tongue filled with love
-Proverbs 31:26-She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness. Talk about critical building blocks as we build our framework!
5. She smiles at her future!-Wow! What a beautiful statement! I want you to smile at your future! Please know that most commentaries agree, that these ‘building blocks’ as I call them, transpired over a long, long period of time. But we can begin now! One author states, “Having a right understanding of God is what enables her to smile at her future.
What do you think? We would love your comments!
I will be doing this message in its entirety this Friday night, May 25th and next Thursday morning, May 31st on the Northshore…please check the website for times and addresses…I would LOVE to have you join us!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Soul Stretches! Hate the pain but gotta love the results!

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2, KJV

Run with patience! Or as T.D. Jakes would say, “Relax while you run!” Hmmmm….Easy to say and write about, but I must admit that at times this is very hard to do, especially if your long, beautiful, gaited strides, are met with a brick wall that just doesn’t seem to move! Ahhh…T.D. Jakes calls those times, ‘soul stretches’…he describes it this way: “As stretching is essential to muscle so that it can conquer the demands of the race, so, too, does the soul need to be stretched to successfully meet the demands of life. Like the runner leaning against the wall to give his muscles resistance training, we have all had to push against immovable forces. Every so often, your soul will hit a wall. No amount of strength, no amount of pressing, will move the problem. This is a ‘soul stretch’.
Have you been stretched yet? Jakes continues, “God never allows a person to run for Him or with Him who hasn’t been stretched in his thinking, stretched in his faith, and stretched in his ability to live and love.
Soul stretches are prerequisites for winning the race. It is the ‘stretching of the soul’ (or the ‘not getting your own way’ all the time!) that enables us to face situations that we think will kill us but don’t, endure times when we think we won’t make it but do. We all will face difficult times, but they are just the deep knee bends of life. They stretch and challenge the soul and enable us to get lose enough to perform successfully.”
I have learned that it is during these ‘soul stretches’ that I learn patience…yes…once again! Jakes says that “patience is the balm that God rubs into the aching muscles when the soul is being stretched and the race must still be run.” (Do you just love that!) He adds, “God knows when to stretch what. In the days to come, a greater agility will result from this stretching. The muscle will become stronger. No one becomes a great runner without being stretched beyond what they think they can handle.”
The spectators that sit in the stands will not know of this stretching. They will see the swift limbs, the flailing arms, and stomping feet that lurch across the finish line. They will comment on the quick gait and strong legs, but they will not know that the runner can leap over hurdles and hurl himself down the track because he was hit hard and has endured the painful private ‘stretching of the soul’. As the old gospel song declares, he has come this far by faith.”
1. Embrace the stretching-you are getting stronger
2. Stay on track-the path is dark, narrow, and steep at times, but He provides enough light to let us see the next step before us.
3. Trust that God will provide us with strength and endurance beyond what we can imagine.

God would never tell us to ‘run with patience’ if it weren’t possible…with every ‘stretching of the soul’, patience comes…we are still in the race…in fact, it will be this ‘stretching’ that will enable us to persevere until the end….to ‘finish strong’ and with ‘joy’ as the Apostle Paul did…to do what we are on the earth to do, as our Lord Jesus did…
Running with you all,

Monday, May 14, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007
Awesome Runner for God!
Hey precious ones!This is a response from someone who has written in responding to our most recent entry, "Come Up Higher" and "See"!
Tillie writes: Thank you for sharing that beautiful message. Anna, I am finally beginning to get the picture that Jesus really does love me and is my constant aid in this life. It's about time... I am turning 60 onMother's Day. And I know that you will get a kick out of this, so heregoes:
I am going to Nova Scotia to run my 30th. Marathon to celebrate my 60th. birthday. Only with Jesus could I be doing such a thing.
All my love,Tillie
I got one of my doctor friends to write out in French, "I run for the Lord", It is, "Je cours peu le Bon Dieu" I will wear it in Nova Scotia.Take care,Til

Way to go Tillie! I hope you will be able to hear us cheering you on all the way from New Orleans! Anna
Posted by Anna at 11:20 AM
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

"Come Up Higher" and See!
In preparing for some upcoming messages, I came across this quote that I had saved in my files….Boy does this bring back some warm warm memories of when God encouraged me through some rough times! May it comfort you today!This quote is in reference to John, the writer of the ‘Gospel of John’ as well as the writer of the three epistles in the New Testament. He is nearing 80 years old, and is shipped to an Isle called Patmos as a result of persecution and punishment for his defense of the Word of God and its truths. The people tried to boil him in oil and that didn’t work, so they thought that they would just get rid of him. I guess they figured that if they shipped him to ‘nowhere land’, that he would be out of sight, and would no longer be a threat. He was shipped to the Isle with the command to do hard labor, chipping the stones from the stone quarry in which he sat. Brothers and sisters, it was on this very Isle, away from all of humanity, left alone to die, that the Lord Jesus Himself appears to John!

In Revelation 1:10, it says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice….” This reference, “I was in the Spirit”, means “I came to be in the Spirit”….he didn’t start out that way! Remember, he was bound by earth’s borders. But God would not be limited by earth’s borders and He bypassed everything just to get to John! Then, one of my favorite Scriptures is in Revelation 4:1, where God says to John, “Come up here, and I will show you….” It was at this very place (Patmos) that the Book of Revelation was given.

Here is the quote: John was limited by borders, but, “It was fitting that when forbidden to go beyond certain bounds of the earth’s lands, he was permitted to penetrate the secrets of heaven.” “Your life is hidden with Christ in God!”

Wow! Brothers and sisters! ‘Come up higher’ and SEE your life and its situations through God’s perspectives…Just when you think you have exhausted all of your resources, (no more money in the bank…he said, she said, and I have said, and it still isn’t working!.....the doctors have said this and that and they stare at me as if I have four heads…..nobody really understands what I am going through….does God really care?....does God really listen to me? I really forgiven? get the picture….)….climb up into the realm of the Spirit, where God is, and go beyond this earth’s borders…you too, can penetrate the secrets of heaven and SEE things you never thought possible!
How? Just ask God to show you your situation from His perspective. It won’t look quite so huge when being viewed from heaven’s realm.
Posted by Anna at 3:20 PM

Oops! Still learning!
Hey precious ones!Well, we have had our blog up and running for one an attempt to edit a comment that I didn't want on there, and an effort to save the several with whom I did want on there, I ended up editing the entire thing!Ugh!
Well, if you know me well, you know that I am not a quitter! We will try this again! I am so sorry if you have taken the time to log on and leave a comment, only to find that it has been deleted!Please, please leave a comment again. The past comments were so very very encouraging! And that is what this blog site is all about!
Love to all,Anna
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