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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,
    Because you are always smiling, I never envisioned you as an “Eeyore”, but we are complex characters, aren’t we? I’m with you in that I don’t think Giving Thanks or celebrating that Christ came for us has to be limited to just 24 hours. I prefer “seasons” to just “days”. I love fall as well, it’s my season. I smile a lot, but yes, there’s that contemplative melancholy in there as well. My friends say that I think way too much lol. And yes, nothing like good piano music to stir the soul. In Eternity, or perhaps beforehand, we’ll have to “do” pumpkin spice lattes together 🙂 You beautifully described how we are wholly welcome in God’s presence at any time in any season. God bids us “come” and that isn’t only on specified days. It’s on the joyful sunny days, and on the sad and despairing days, and even on the anger and angst filled days. He just says, “Come.”
    Thanksgiving blessings to you,
    Bev xx

  2. Anna,

    Thanksgiving is a time everyone seems to celebrate & give thanks. We should do that on a daily basis. We live in one of the most blessed & rich countries of the world. It is high time we get rid of Debbie downer & start listing ALL the things we can be thankful for. It may be cold outside but we have warm houses with heat to warm us. We have plenty of food to eat. Our gratitude should not be indicative of our circumstances. Jesus was happy most of the time here on Earth. His life certainly wasn’t an easy one. Our culture tends to complain about the smallest infraction. Everyone should make a list of ALL the tings they have. They would be surprised how long the list can be & just how much God has given them. I’m talking about big & little things. Stuff like home in Heaven, sins forgiven, electricity, jobs, rubber bands, & paper. The list can go on & on. We should take time daily to share our gratitude with a loving God.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. I love this! I get melancholy letting go of summer and autumn in anticipation of five-six mostly grey months… but I do appreciate the starker beauty of November and the “hunkering down” process. I’d love to listen to that playlist…maybe I can try to duplicate it on Apple Music!