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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. Anna,

    I, too, love renovation shows. Also love home buying shows. We all need to have a heart renovation from time to time. My prayer is that most of America will open their hearts to God this year. We will have less division amongst ourselves. It only takes a spark to get a fire going and I pray we can have a revival sparking our nation to turn back to God & allowing Him to direct our lives.

    Have a blessed 2018!

    Blessings 🙂

  2. Thank you for this ‘heart’felt sharing – relying on Him with the master blueprint for work in my hear always…

  3. This prayer coupled with a fresh anointing, a baptism of the love of God that we may do the works of Jesus in 2018. “Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. His love changes everything.

  4. What a confirmation for me. Each year I pray & ask the Lord to give me a word for the year – on January 2, I received the word “heart”. I truly “trust” Him to always be “faithful”. Blessings for a wonderful and prosperous new year.

  5. I love your renovation list, Anna! It’s the reno list I need for my own heart makeover. It’s all too easy to get lax and let the condition of your heart deteriorate.

  6. Anna,
    This is a wonderful post to ring in the new year! We spend so much time fixing up exteriors…of our homes…and of our bodies. Most of our resolutions focus on the exterior – like lose 20 lbs. or get a new hair do for the new year. I wholeheartedly agree with you that we could ALL use an extreme make over “heart edition”! God tells us in His Word that He will remove our heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. I would like for my heart to be less like stone and more like soft, warm flesh. God can do anything if we ask Him. Joining with you in asking for an extreme makeover in my heart. Goodbye cobwebs hiding in the chambers of my heart. Happy New Year!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  7. Thank you for a wonderful way to start thinking about the new year. Exactly what I needed. From one MNosten to another!

  8. His grace is sufficient. A new beginning. God gives us grace everyday. We are starting a new year. With a new beginning, to be a better you .If you know better, then why not be better. And if you don’t then find a person in your circle that does. Its a gift to honor, respect and adore Jesus. Its only what we do for Jesus that last. Get a whole to his love, you won’t regret it.

  9. Anna
    What a beautiful reminder of what I can do to make this year different. Love changes everything, just as the Fathers love through Christ did for me.
    Thank you for the reminder of what going to the author of all true change should look like for me this year. “We only need to hit our knees and ask the One who holds the master blueprints to do His best design work in and on our hearts.”

    Peace to you,
    Maureen S.

  10. Anna, your thoughts and words reflect my heart, too! I have often prayed through the verses just before 3, Psalm 49:1 & 2. I’ve seen how the LORD has led me through the ” mud and miry clay….to give me a new song of praise!”
    As this new year began, I faced all of the areas in my heart and mind that needed “makeovers”. My prayer was for a focus verse and I found it in Philippians 4:8…”whatever is true…noble..right.. pure. .lovely…admirable.. if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” I’m truly a Work in Progress!

  11. Thank you Anna! I needed this. I want the Lord to do an extreme makeover in my heart and life. Praying for His touch and fresh revelation in my heart, mind, should and spirit. Bless I gsm to you for this timely word.

  12. I love Fixer Upper and all the shows you mentioned. I loved watching the transformations on Biggest Loser, too. Anna, this hit me: “…making space for more.” Demolition in the heart is always for the ultimate purpose of restoration. God only gives. Taking that to heart. (No pun intended!) Thank you, Anna.

    • Ooh yes… I’m a sucker for those transformation shows too. And “Demolition in the heart is always for the ultimate purpose of restoration.” <-- YES!!

  13. “I can’t stop starting over.” I love this, it speaks to me. It reminds me of our God who accepts us and loves us and yet desires to transform our hearts. Your words help me to realize that my desires to not stop starting over are actually His work at work in me.
    With sincere thanks, Kelly

  14. Our own home offers its own analogy for a heart renovation. Three years ago when we bought this house, we had one wall removed (between kitchen and dining room and half of another (into the living room). The open, airy atmosphere created was just what we’d hoped for. My prayer would be that God’s construction crew would come into my heart (‘love the way you expressed that, Anna), and make more space for the fresh wind of the Spirit to breeze through, bringing his joy, peace, and contentment into every corner. Thank you for the memorable analogy, Anna!