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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 love this, and it encourages me to be reminded that when God has me in a waiting game, it’s not because He CAN’T do what I’m asking–it’s because He’s also waiting. Sometimes (as with Lazarus!) he has something even bigger than a 10 second miracle in mind.

  2. Anna,
    God is still in the business of miracles! One need only to pause and really look around to come face to face with this fact. There are prayers in which I’ve prayed for an answer for many years and God is still silent, but other times, I’ve barely formed a prayer in my head and the answer is right there in front of me – yes, a 10 second miracle. How quick I am to discount the many miracles and focus on the miracle that hasn’t yet happened. Your post has been a good attitude check. May I be more purposeful to thank Him for all the 10 second miracles and that gives me hope for the “still waiting on them” miracles. Great post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. Thanks Anne- You brought a smile to my face and a reminder of a way I use to often think.

  4. Goodness…Needed this today! God always answer prayers even when we feel like we had been waiting decades for the prayers to come into fruition. And His timing is always perfect. I have seen this miracle take place with my hubby. It didn’t happen in 10 seconds, although I wished it did, but it took place and I couldn’t have imagined it even better than I thought. So today Lord, I know I am definitely being asked to hold on and wait for yet another part of my life. To wait on my son to see if there is any hope for him to graduate high school within the summer. I will wait Lord. I know You have a plan and purpose for his life and even though it seems he is taking a detour to the left, I know Your plan is better than what I ever imagine. I pray for patience on my part and to continue to love on my son even when I don’t understand any of this. Thanks Anne for sharing this…

  5. Oh friend – you know that’s my best kind of miracle and while I’m a die hard Packer fan, even I can so appreciate that kind of encouragement. 🙂 xooxox

    Jen

  6. Anna,
    I love this and you are so right there are ten second miracles all around us. May we see them for ourselves, May we be them for one another. This last sentence just rings true for me! I have helped organise a gathering of Muslim women in our community and all of us women to come together to create community and see how we can help them feel safer after what happened in Christchurch. Dunedin where I live is a satellite town for refugees and so we have a growing multicultural community. It was also targeted first but the attacker then changed his mind and well it was horrendous. Jesus said love thy neighbor and that is what I hope will happen. We have over 70 women coming to the women for peace meeting. Everyone has the right to feel safe and for community. I am only part of the organising team, but I hope I can be an ambassador for Jesus and that my actions are his actions or what he would do. I am a little nervous but we are all becoming more multicultural and with that there is a need for community and peace. Thank you for this lovely reminder to be the miracle for each other.

    • That gathering sounds AMAZING. What a blessing and gift to your community. You are so right — “Everyone has the right to feel safe and for community.” Love your heart.

  7. Love your post! What a great reminder to us all that God’s miracles are not always huge, splashy events but something so small that if we don’t pay attention, we might miss it. I promise to never miss another…no matter how small.

  8. Sometime we as Christians can get down when we look to God for that miracle. It not coming we think way God. Did you not hear me when I prayed too you. Yes of course God heard your prayer. It not that God slow at answering you or he doesn’t want to answer you. He can answer you right away if he wants. But sometimes he makes you wait to make you keep looking up on too him and his world the Bible and this promises in it. Drawing closer to him. Maybe that all he wants you to do. But even though if it to with a sickness or pain. Use Doctors. He is still all we need. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He Love us so much. John 3 verse 16 tells us that for God so loved the World He gave his Only Son. Excellent excellent reading thank you for it. Love Dawn xxx

    • Not to play the devil’s advocate, but isn’t God’s non answer equivalent to God not wanting to answer? If a child asks for something, and a parent doesn’t acknowledge the request, to me that says either that parent didn’t hear the request, or the parent doesn’t want to answer the request. Bottom line in my life right now is God’s unwillingness to even acknowledge a request that has been repeated in desparation over and over.

      • Good morning Becky. There are some things that I have been praying for, for quite some time, and it appears that because the things I’ve been praying for and the ways I’ve been praying them have not come to fruition. However, what I have noticed is although God has not seemingly answered those requests, one thing I know for sure is I’ve been changed! Waiting is never easy, there is nothing in God’s Word that tells us it would be. But if God always answers us in the way we think He should, what would we really have to trust Him for? In addition, we truly don’t even know what to pray for as we ought, because we can only see as far as the corner but God sees around it. What if God wants to do immeasurably more than what you ask for or can even think? What if God is actually doing a work in you that is greater than what you’re asking? What if what you’re asking for can do you more harm than good? And what if you’re timing (Kronos) and God’s timing (kairos) are totally different? Sister Becky I pray that in the midst of your wait God will allow you to know He is and will always remain a Good, Good Father who has perfect knowledge and knows exactly what you need.

      • Becky,

        God answers prayers three ways: yes, no & wait. A non-answer could be a wait. Perhaps He is trying to mold you into His likeness. He may be working on you to trust Him more. It could be that the request is not what God has in mind for you. He may have something immeasurably bigger & better for you. Hang in there, keep praying, waiting & trusting God. Look to see the miracles around you.

        Blessings 🙂

      • Becky,
        Only in hindsight can we really see the trail of Gods plan for our life. Ie in my own life getting knocked back for a job until a better one comes along. Getting that job and then even further seeing the tools I learnt in that job that equip me for a completely different dream. Praying for a placement for over a year, getting knocked back, no answers or other issues until the perfect placement came along and the sisters here all prayed for me in the last couple/3 months…

        It will happen but not how I thought it would…hang in there dive deeper but be open to it all as your answer may not be or look like what you expect.

        Praying for you sister x

  9. Anna, do you think it’s enough to show up for our neighbor while respecting their own beliefs? Surely it is enough to help, show kindness and try and be as Jesus was without mentioning the difference in religion? We can minister by our actions and it’s then up to Jesus/God to do the rest right? I know we are supposed to share the good news but that is not my spiritual gift …. surely actions speak louder than words right?

  10. Thank you, Anne. Such wonderful reminders of God’s goodness and His power.

  11. Anna, Gracias!! I love stories like this, such a great reminder right when I needed it the most!

  12. Sis Anna I appreciate you so much for this very timely message. I’ve missed many ten seconds for looking for “one hours!” May my eyes be open and ears attentive to the gentle whisper, still-small voice miracles that God is showing us every single day!

  13. Hi Anna,
    Beautifully written! So encouraging to remind us to be thankful for the small miracles in our lives.

    Thanks, Sandy

  14. Anna,

    Everyday there are miracles all around us. We just need eyes to see them. To often we rush around so busy that we simply miss the miracles right in front of us. The glorious sunrises & sunsets daily. The good parking space, or saving us from an accident. Each spring God shows us splendid, colorful miracles. Flowers & plants coming back to life after a long, harsh winter. I’ve known people who pray for someone’s heart to change for years & one day that person walked up to front of church & recommitted their life. There have been times I prayed for something & God said no. Now I see that as a not yet & not good enough. I wasn’t ready for His big miracle. It took many many years but my aged father got baptized-(raised Methodist). I was born with two punctured ear drums. Two surgeries later the left one isn’t fixed. I wore a hearing aid for years. Now years later it has closed up. You never know when & how God will work. We must be patient & trust Him.

    Blessings 🙂

  15. Anna, SKOL Vikings! We are fans of Vikings, no matter what. Am glad I recognized you at Galleria and it was nice to meet you that we had such a nice chat. Had such a pleasure to meet your cute boy! Btw, Creative Kidstuff is closing for good at Galleria. We have to keep on praying with HOPE, no matter the circumstances we are faced with and if miracles have not happened yet; we may not see it. (I am in that waiting as well…). He knows what we all need/want. At the same time, I have to keep in mind to check my thoughts and heart on a daily basis (hard…). Thank you for your words and may you continue to be blessed in writing! Again, it was nice to meet you.

  16. Yes, yes, YES! Thank you for inspiring me to see the everyday miracles. To God be the glory!

  17. HI Anna! I love that you see 10 second miracles all around you – from coffee, to football, to blue skies and budding trees and your children. 🙂 i’m always encouraged by your loving and encouraging spirit and in your writing, touched by what God has whispered to you. I’m SO looking forward to finally meeting you, Anna after working together all these years – and seeing you in just a little bit at the (in)courage retreat and enjoy your company and get to know you better on this week’s journey, friend! 🙂 love, Bonnie