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Anjuli grew up as a missionary kid secretly wondering, “Why does everyone else understand what a relationship with Jesus is, but me?” It wasn’t until she ran into her fears instead of from them, that Anjuli found her voice and the love of God meeting her there. She is a...

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  1. You were truly blessed by God giving you such a Jesus loving mother! I am sure that you make her proud! God bless you.

  2. Your words are profound insight especially on this 4th of July.
    We all have a purpose, one that is God given and Christ inspired. It’s not just a matter of doing it’s a matter of being, being available, being ready, being willing, being the hands and feet of Christ.
    Good bless you and many thanks for mothers like yours that live in real time what they profess to believe.

  3. Good morning,

    I enjoyed this devotional. I was reminded about the great commission yesterday. This devotional is a reminder of as we go to love people on our path. I like how you made this about everyone’s path being different and going beyond Sundays and community service. This was excellent and thank you for sharing.

  4. I’ve recently went through the Simple Difference but have fallen into old selfish patterns again. Thanks for the reminder to be looking for people around me to share God’s love with!

  5. Excellent article…yes…we need to be more like Jesus… look out for others regardless of our own schedule. What a great Mom you had then.

  6. I recently read Robert J Conrad Jr’s book “John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads” The reaction of each of these men when handed the sentence of death of grace & compassion toward those that falsely accused, & imprisoned them was a challenge to me. See others as souls needing the rescue of Jesus JUST LIKE ME, not an inconvenience, bother or something/someone to not acknowledge. But to pray that they too might be my heavenly sibling & greet them as if they already are. My approach toward strangers & difficult friends has improved immensely since reading that book and your post reinforces those truths. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

    • It’s simply profound that sort of courage and compassion is possible, right?

  7. Anjuli- you write so well! Funny how it was so common to help others, I didn’t even notice it was anything but ordinary. Glad God used something so simple to make a difference in your life. God knows what simple things you do that will impact others. Thanks for sharing- blessed me- love you- Mom

  8. “I don’t want the scent of booze to be bleached out. I’d rather not erase it because it taught me something.” So beautiful, dear friend. Love this.

  9. Thank you for this message this morning. We are in the process of moving out of our main house into the suite with the idea of paying off our mortgage sooner so that my husband can retire. So, we are looking for tenants for our house. I am very hesitant and judgmental with the inquiries and the possible candidates that came to look so far. The one family who really wants the house is a woman with her two children, boy 10, girl 17 and her 18 yr old boyfriend. Their lifestyle is clearly not that of Christians or our preference. There are some other “flags” that is going up, will they pay the rent? Will they be considerate towards the rest of us living in the house? No smoking and partying? Are these the kind of “smelly people” that your mom picked up? Do I see this as a mission field? Am I really able and strong enough to deal with all these challenges? I honestly cannot see myself and my husband (who is a very short tempered person) dealing with this. How much easier would it be if we get the “right” family? But for the “right” families that we met so far, the house did not offer everything they were looking for. Do I see this as a “sign” from God?

    I am constantly before God and I must admit, this whole issue is consuming all of my thinking day and, yes, even most of the night. I cry out to God for wisdom and direction and although I feel He assures me everything will fall in place, the unsureness and confusion of the decisions I have to make is quite overwhelming. I feel I am wrestling with God for the right answers and at the same time I feel ashamed that I don’t trust Him enough for the outcome. Does God expect me to use my own (God given) judgment or does He expect me to take a leap of faith?

    I do not expect and answer from you 😉 but just found your message very interesting in light of my own current circumstances and struggle. Your prayers would be very welcome though. 🙂

    Thank you for your always encouraging messages.


    • Dearest Heavenly Father, surround Anna-Maria with Your presence in such a way that she & her husband see Your pillar of light standing between them and the armies that follow bringing fear and uncertainty & doubts to them. Just as You parted the red sea as they were chased by the chariots of Egypt make the path clear for them that the exact tenants will be revealed. Use the tenants whether believers needing encouragement or non-believers needing to be introduced to You as their new mission field to honor & glorify You. Protect them from losing their sense of home & security as they make this change. Keep them from being anxious and enable them to patiently await Your timing on who is to be their tenants. All for Your glory & in Your name I pray Father, Son & Holly Spirit. Amen

  10. Sorry for the long message. I did not realize it will be displayed publicly. Please feel free to delete.

    • I hope it’s okay that we keep your comment up. I know others wrestle and struggle with similar feelings. You aren’t alone. Praying that the Lord would give you wisdom and discernment and most of all, peace.

  11. Anjuli,

    The way of Jesus doesn’t discriminate by race, color, or creed. It is simply loving people & helping them any way we can. For me that looks like assisting the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank 1-2 days a week doing whatever needs to be done-from putting meals together, sorting canned goods, dishes, or handing out meals. Also I have aided them with their yard sales & fund raisers. Next Saturday I will make dessert for the volunteer dinner. Just my way of showing Christ’s love to others.

    Another thing I do is pray for people. I overheard a co-worker talk about a big decision she is trying to make in her life. Without telling her I have been praying for God to give her the wisdom to make the right decision.

    The way of Jesus is doing simple things to show Christ’s love to this sinful world.

    Blessings :

  12. Oh my goodness, how true is this article. I know that we all are still in process of transformation. I may be wrong but I think it takes a lifetime for this spiritual transformation.

    Jesus didn’t and does not or ever will look beyond broken people no matter what causes the pain. This is where we want to end up, where people hurt and need compassion, encouragement, love, forgiveness and kindness. Someone encouraged us along our journey. I admit that I really thought I could get to a point in my life where I would just keep growing up in the Lord. But I find that I regress sometimes and have to repent. Why is this true? We will constantly and continually need our Lord and Savior to teach us, correct us, comfort us, strengthen us, hold us, convict us and forgive us.

    If that is true of us with our Lord and Savior, then it’s true one to another. We were created to live together, work together, govern together and worship together. I hate what the Pandemic is leaving along the way.

    My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones due to the Pandemic. I did contract the Covid-19 virus. I am thankful that it was very mild and I had help from my family to endure the minor discomfort it caused me.

    Today is Independence Day and I pause to say, “Thank You Lord” for helping us. I know I can’t make it from day to day without the active Love of God in my life.

    God bless Everyone.


    Your Sister in Christ

  13. Thank you for this, I needed it! Jesus please take my hard, judgement prone ❤️,& break it up. You promise to to give me instead a ❤️ of flesh. I want a ❤️that seems others with Your Compassion & Grace! Amen

  14. I have suffered off and on in seasons of depression and anxiety for 10 years. I have been and am in the longest season ever…for over a year. It seems like it will never end, but I look to the Lord Jesus as my Savior, my Healer and my Strong Deliverer! I declare His word His promises over myself day and night. I would appreciate your prayers please. I feel so alone. Thank you and God bless you all!

    • Oh, friend. What a long journey you are on. It seems like you are still in the dark valley. I’m praying that today- maybe through fireworks or God’s creation- you might experience hope in a new way. You are loved. You are not forgotten.

  15. I shared to my Facebook page. There is not one challenge here, but many. So glad you said we were all in the process of formation. We can relax. The formation of my character is not a “to do” list- but walking in harmony with the Shepherd of our souls.

    So, so encouraged. Thanks Anjuli.