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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. Oh, Anna, for reasons that I am not sure I understand (and I know I cannot articulate) these words touched me at a soul-deep level. Thank you for sharing and reminding me that God is taking care of me even when I feel forgotten.

  2. Those lunches were a lifesaver for me as well! As a single momma on a tight budget, it assured that I had some options that my daughter would enjoy when things got tight.

    • Yes!! What a relief and a gift, right?! There are always fun things in there that I don’t usually splurge on and that’s always a fun surprise for the kiddos too!

  3. In spite of being hurt in a traffic accident & in spite of Covid, there were so many good Samaritans on my way to recovery. Thank you Lord. You are wonderful!

  4. Thank you, Anna, for your honesty. I rarely write comments of any type but your reflection really moved me. I have chosen to work among the poor and struggling most of my life. Often they are judged and criticized for needing to use things as simple as school lunches to meet their daily needs. It is so encouraging to have you write openly about your experience, and remind us all that something as simple as school lunches are a blessing from God’s hand and should be received with open hearts and mind. Thanks again.

    • Damaris, thank you for your sweet spirit and comment here. I’m so glad you piped up. There are so many blessings and everyday gifts all around, aren’t there??

  5. This is so beautiful!
    My husband and I made a list of all the good things that happened in 2020, we didn’t want Covid to overshadow the blessings from God.
    One of these blessings was our first granddaughter being born in the start of this crazy time. The unknown of the future and the fear Covid brought could not ruin the miracle of this beautiful healthy baby’s arrival!

    There were many other blessings that we notes, our teenage daughter even chimed in with her blessings. God continually blesses us and I believe there were many families who also share the gratefulness for school lunches in this crazy time.

    • It is so good to have those tangible lists, something we can come back to when it’s a struggle. So glad your family started such a tradition — and congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter!!

  6. Your post is also a testimony of the power of gratitude. I have noticed what a difference it can make in my life, how it can change my attitude and outlook almost immediately. May we always dig deep to find blessings even in the midst of hard times.

  7. Anna I don’t have kids. But I can see were you are coming from with what the food you got. It showed that God provided. God is good all the time. All the time God is good. In things like Covid. When we look back at 2020. We can see in our lives God provided. God cared. We still a every day to rejoice in God as he made the Day. Like Psalm 118 verse 24 says. This is the Day the Lord has made lets us rejoice and be glad in it. God also woke us up to enjoy another day in his beautiful world. So that means God gave us time to thank him for doing that. Plus pray for those who have no food. Or thoses with no homes. Home less. To be thankful for what God has given us. That he does care. He is with us in our difficult times and the good. That he never leaves us. We just have to trust him and when things happen also go to him in prayer. As Proverbs 3 verse 5 & 6 says. ,”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him And he will direct your paths.” How true that is. Thank you again for sharing your story. It touched my heart. Love you all incourage. I learn so much from what all share. I pray for you all. Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland. Xx

  8. I always say more good things happen in this world than bad, and your post is one of the beautiful examples of the everyday goodness. Thank you.

  9. Dear Anna,

    My sister-in-law/best friend invited me to join her church’s Zoom Bible studies last fall. Every week, I met with ladies familiar to me, and many unknown, to study a part of God’s word. It was great! I even joined the less intense summer one. And I plan to sign up for the new fall study. It helped me feel connected. And I learned a lot!

    Love to you and yours, dear Anna!

  10. I am deeply moved by this story. Jehovah Jirah. God of Providence. I am reminded that He is always present, providing and loving us, if we can only recognize and receive His blessings. Thank you for your beautiful gift of writing and helping us see His heart and hands in simple things.

  11. Thank you, Anna, for sharing your story. I’m at a crossroads right now looking towards a journey that may be a huge financial cut but knowing God is leading me there. (The big part is to care for my 3 grandchildren and not have an outside job.) He keeps telling me He has a plan and I need to take the step. Your article confirms what I feel God has put on my heart. Thank you.

  12. Thanks be to God, He has given me His perfect peace in the midst of hard decisions. I have seen His provision and blessings this year in so many ways. Thank You Jesus!

  13. Anna,

    God kept my hubby & I gainfully employed while many lost their jobs. He got furloughed for six weeks in the beginning but then went back & worked extra-I, too, was able to work some extra. Jesus has always provided for my family no matter the situation. It is because of that I volunteer with a local food bank. I know many people aren’t as fortunate as we are. No one should go hungry. 3 nights a week I go make food boxes, help cook or help fill trays with delicious food. It makes me acutely aware of how blessed we are.

    Blessings 🙂

  14. I have been restricted due to a very painful knee that has hindered mobility. When a friend asked what he could do, i asked if he would water my plants. Now, my outside plants are getting a much needed drink on a regular basis. God answered a small need in a great way!

  15. I just tried to leave a comment about a small way I have been helped & my comment was rejected?????