fresh perspective and next steps…

Well, the hustle of the elections is dying down in the city, and I thought it might be time to share some of my thoughts. Today, as a team we processed a little as to how we feel about the results. I enjoyed hearing the wisdom and understanding from different brothers and sisters in the room. The verdict is America made it’s choice, clear and simple. It is a great victory for African-Americans no doubt. We will pray for this man, possibly more than any other leader. (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Yet we do not fail to realize that his values and the principles we choose to live by do not align. When given the choice we will stand for righteousness, and fight for life. We see the value in the most vulnerable lives in our nation. We also realize that hope for us as well as these children does not rest in the President-elect, but in God alone. So we will “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

Where does that leave me?

The day after the elections we were having a worship time and I was reading through the Psalms. This verse stood out to me.dscf01061

One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

Something struck me. This verse is basically my job description. In turn, I have not failed. I have sought the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength this year. And he promises that “you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) I continue to seek the Lord, and to find Him. In so many new ways and new places, from feelings within me to in the faces of new friends I met in Pennsylvania, I have found Him. And nothing this world has to offer can compare to Him.

Finally, please be praying with me as I seek the Lord concerning 2009. My commitment to DC ends December 15. I will spending time in prayer over the next couple days and covet your prayers. I am wrestling a bit with the Lord, but hopefully will quickly surrender to His will. I will keep you updated!

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One Reply to “fresh perspective and next steps…”

  1. Hi Anna,

    It’s been wonderful getting to know you and the heart of a warrior in you this fall! I appreciate you and the Team who came so willingly to pray and fast in Pittsburgh. Bishop Garlington (Covenant Church of Pittsburgh) just preached a message this Sunday, “After the Election, What?!”…then shared 4 points for us to pray for President-Elect Obama:
    1) That he will have wisdom from above, James 3:13-18
    2) That he’ll be surrounded by Godly counsel, Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 24:6
    3) That his life will be prolonged and protected, Psalm 61:5-6
    4) That the wicked be removed from before him and that his term be enthroned in righteousness, Proverbs 25:2-5.
    I am amazed at how the Holy Spirit is able to communicate the SAME MESSAGE through different messengers! I will be praying along with you for our government leaders!

    I will be lifting you up in prayer, Anna, for the desire of God’s heart and yours for your future and the year 2009. You are a lovely young woman. I have come to love you dearly!

    Your hostess and friend, Charlotte McMillen

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