Hi. I’m Ann (Elizabeth). So glad you are here. I wish I was there. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down over some thin and crispy tortilla chips and queso? Or coffee, like normal people. We could chat for hours in stretchy pants and laugh.
I came with a big heart, feisty bend, and creative spirit back in the early 80’s. No one ever accused me of being the quiet lamb in the corner. When I met Lucas (Luke, nowadays, apparently men can have name crises), in the very romantic Human Resources department, I pegged him with questions while he focused(?) on his work. He asked me out to dinner a few weeks later. I ordered a drink with an umbrella, which apparently made it “a date.” And a year and a half later, we were married. We laugh at the mini-me’s we’ve created in our two children and pray daily we can be the starting point for a new generation of hope for healthy marriages and relationships in our family.
There are a few things I crave daily. And without them, my life feels mediocre at best.
Authenticity matters. The thoughts we let rattle around upstairs and the words that we choose to give life to those thoughts are so critical. I value transparency in thought and words and seek this out in my relationships. There’s so much to lose in being vulnerable isn’t there? That’s what we tell ourselves. But in losing self we gain so much more. I crave this deeply. Let’s show up and be real. Don’t pretend to be authentic with somewhat spicy stories, let’s ask God to reveal our hearts wholly.
Leadership matters. One of the biggest cringe worthy moments for me in the “business world” was when people received their business cards with fancy titles. A lot of those titles came with the “M” word. Manager. Managing situations or people can be much like behavior modification if the heart behind it is off point. It’s not instituting real change. Show me someone who is transforming, engaging, caring, and I will show you a leader. I am passionate about ideas and people that lead others to freedom and transformation in their lives.
Coming home. Until I was nearly a married woman, I would have this recurring dream I couldn’t find my way home. I would get to the end of the neighborhood and have missed my street. How could this be? Each time, I would wake up nearly sweating and panicked at the thought of not being able to go home. I crave the comfort of tradition, food around a familiar table, card games in the living room, and movie nights with my worn quilt and pillow. There’s just something about settling in with those closest to my heart and hearing that toilet run for the fifteenth time each night. The ruts we’ve worn, the time spent idling together, and the treasured dates on the calendar signaling flags on the driveway, pumpkin candles on the stove, and trees in the window. It’s settling for the soul. Home to me is a reminder of where I have come from, where I am, and where I am going.
Will you come along with me on this journey?
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So glad we met today! Our hearts are so similar—coffee, quest, and authenticity. Yet, in it all I know it’s The Lord that really unifies us! Thanks for sharing your story!
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Julie! I am so grateful we spoke
As well!! I have been struggling to get back into the “groove!” I know our time was very brief to connect at the end of the session, but I felt like we weren’t “done.” Would love to hear how the rest of your time at the conference went and how the Lord spoke to you and your friends! Anxious to keep in touch and see what could come of your ministry in other areas!
Hi Ann! I’m so glad to find your blog and get to know you a little better through this platform. It was so lovely to meet with you in the lobby when we were getting the lay of the land the night before the conference started. It was so comforting to me to meet another “Deer in the Headlights” lady that evening. I sure was feeling it at that point, but the Lord was so faithful to speak intimately to me throughout the conference. It’s funny– most of the people I ended up connecting with felt the same mountain of overwhelming unpreparedness to start with, but each had a unique spin about what the Lord did to confirm they were in the right place, after all. I wish we could have talked more. But thank you for listening to my “elevator pitch” and letting me fumble all over my words to you as you listened, not as a stranger, but as a sister in the trenches. You are such a sweet, caring woman and I only talked to you for like 10 minutes! I hope we can stay in touch. Know that you have a gift for connecting with people who need to be reminded they are not alone on the journey. And also- know that I really think your business cards are actually cool! Blessings to you, sister!
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Emily! I looked for you sweet friend the rest of the time! Prayed for your time with the publisher and know the Lord most certainly used your time for His good. I was so encouraged after speaking with your and your husband. I felt so comforted after our time and actually did branch out to go to dinner that evening with other women. I was seriously on the verge of tears when we ran into one another and after hearing your story and seeing God’s love all over you, I felt able to move forward! Thank you friend, for your kind words and reaching out! Looked at your card last night and will look forward to staying connected! Love and hugs!