Take a chance and let an idea flow through you.

“Out of a space of stillness all creative endeavor is born”. Eckhart Tolle Recently I watched a video from Oprah Winfrey in which she interviewed Eckhart Tolle. I was completely undone by his quietness and moving ideas about mankind and how we should operate. This video comes from the place of my contemplating his first…

Feeling Blindsided? Choose to Overcome!

The definition of blindsided is: to be hit or attacked from an unexpected position. This description will not come as a surprise to you but it can pin point areas of our lives which might become targets for a blindside attack. As an example, a quarterback does not have eyes all around his head.  If the…

Like Adam and Eve; we can again walk in the Garden

It’s no secret- I love looking up words and their meanings. Today, I thought you might like something to meditate upon so I looked up some of the words and their origin from this popular passage. THEN THE MAN AND HIS WIFE HEARD THE SOUND OF THE LORD GOD AS HE WAS WALKING IN THE…

Look for others to help complete your puzzle

God gave all things to Christ.  He will not give any one man or movement a more complete revelation.  We need each other for full perspectives, to see a bigger whole, to complete our puzzles.  We can never do a complete work on our own.  ~Anne

What to do between the calling and the opportunity: Wait!

I know it’s hard to wait on God.  Sometimes there is an in between time from when you are called to do something and when the actual opportunity for it appears.  Don’t be tempted to go ahead anyway.  Wait for the right time! ~Anne

There is greatness on the other side of your test

When you find yourself in an impossible situation I wonder if you are in a test of patience. While in a test of patience you will be under extreme pressure to make a decision.  You have two choices: Take matters in your own hands Wait for the Lord to act I would encourage you to wait…

The Road Less Traveled

I believe nothing is ever wasted in our lives and that God can use it all for our good. In one chapter of Light from a Dark Night, I wrote about seeing my life as a funnel. A picture is worth a thousand words and I hope this picture will explain how I felt even more…

It’s ALL GOOD- even when life’s not perfect!

Hi, I’m Anne and welcome to Shades of Color and Light. It’s easy to say, “Life’s not perfect right now” and put our dreams on hold. But, even when life isn’t perfect we need to remember- It’s ALL GOOD! I believe we must pursue our purpose moments in the face of imperfections and not let…

You are more than a face in a crowd

YOU ARE MORE THAN A FACE IN A CROWD.  YOU STAND OUT. YOU STAND OUT NOT MERELY BECAUSE YOU LOOK DIFFERENT FROM EVERYONE ELSE BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE DIFFERENT FROM EVERYONE ELSE. NO ONE ELSE HAS YOUR SPIRIT.  YOUR SPIRIT MAKES YOU COMPLETELY UNIQUE. AND COMPLETELY KNOWN BY GOD. WHEN YOU HEAR THE GOOD NEWS, THE GOOD…

The Inspiration of New Life: Innocence, Triumph, & Courage

Hi, I’m Anne from Shades of Color and Light. Happy Easter! It’s Spring and I’ve decided to try something new and do a sticker book. I’m at home, under a statewide mandatory stay at home order and everything has stopped still. Inside, within me, it kind of seems like a death of sorts but when…

Love is always flowing

Miles and Miles away is a day called yesterday.   From where I came to where I will go is miles and miles away.  Love was here for me then.  Love is here for me now.  Love is waiting for my tomorrow. Love is ALWAYS. The power to go back to yesterday to heal and restore belongs to Love….

Time for Unknowns to become Known

When God led the Israelites out of Egypt He wanted all of them to become his people and ascend the mountain into his presence.  Instead the people had a different idea.  They did not want to ascend or enter into a personal relationship with God. So, they told one man Moses, to ascend in authority…

Jesus: Willing to Wash your Feet

Recently, after taking communion I heard, “You are already clean”. It was certainly a most puzzling statement from Holy Spirit and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  I’d like to take you to chapter 13 of John where Jesus told his disciples they were clean. In the passage Peter becomes indignant at the thought…

Communion: The Energy To Fulfill Purpose

Long before adoption of our daughter Bella became a reality were endless documents to process and training sessions to attend.  One such training session had my husband and me reeling with doubt.  What had we gotten ourselves into?  What gave us the idea we’d be fit to parent one who may have more needs than…

Stop waiting for all the details and Just Begin

I feel this word from the Lord is not just for me but for some of you too.  “Just begin and I will give what you are seeking Me for as you move along the process. Just begin and I will show you what you desire as you get going in the process.” He’s telling…

Starve out what hinders you

Be encouraged today from the Holy Spirit who said: “I decree a fast. A fast in the land. A fast from the profane. A fast from the distractions, a fast from the meaningless. With survival on the line see and hold onto what is meaningful. Do not starve yourself on my account, nor in My Name, says The Lord. …

Unplug from FEAR and seek the source of a SOUND MIND

Just last week a song came to me which we used to sing over and over in church, “God has not given us a spirit of fear but the Lord has given us… Power! His Joy and Peace… He has given us a Sound Mind! Never should I be: AFRAID! Think about it. God hasn’t…

Follow the path of purpose and share your gift

Our life purpose is hidden within us and the discovery of it is the most important journey we can be on. One reason I feel our purpose can be so hard to find is we ignore the power of our natural gifts. Not natural abilities but gifts. Our gifts are something we’ve been given by…

You are a rare gift given to the World

There is no earthly gift of value to lay as an offering before God.  I learned this a few years ago when a vision of Heaven opened up to me a few years ago.  (You can read about this vision in my book, “Light from a Dark Night) When standing in the presence of God…

Begin Now doing what you love

Recently I read a book called “Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth puts forth the idea that we give up what brings us joy because it does not produce an income. This idea is what hit closest to home for me and inspired my latest video. In my early twenties I…

Why does coloring a Mandala make you feel peaceful?

This past year I took up the hobby of coloring. I never thought about coloring to relax or to gain a sense of peace. But this is just what coloring has done for me. I’ve read all sorts of discussion as to why this is so and even found “art therapy” to be a viable…

Let’s talk about the best Christmas Coloring Book

What’s better than Christmas? Coloring it! If you’re into coloring or looking for a great gift for someone who is, I’ll recommend “Country Christmas” by Creative Haven. I love this coloring book for several reasons. If you’re not into reading today, you can watch my video where I walk you through the book (with expert…

Have you abandoned the LAW of PROGRESS?

Are there not some of us, beloved, who have been trying a good while to get back an old experience? If we succeeded we should only be where we were, and if we are only going to get where we were, we have abandoned the law of progress and begun the downward retrogression. “The A.B….

Love someone who BLOOMS in their desert

There is something beautiful and unexpected about seeing something bloom where it shouldn’t. Like a cactus flowering in the desert. These cactus bloom in dry, desert conditions where other plants would not survive much less bring forth beautiful flowers. This is why blooms from your life in the dry, desert seasons are the most interesting…

Bloom Where You are Planted

Why is “Bloom where you are planted” such a beloved and powerful saying? Because, each of us immediately identifies with the sentiment of wanting to thrive no matter the circumstances. Life isn’t perfect and some of us get thrown more curve balls than others yet there is always the thread of hope which leads us…

Be YOU

Recently I came across a t-shirt for my daughter that said: Be YOU. Everyone else is taken. Immediately I fell in love with this saying.  It’s completely TRUE! 

Pursuing the Out of the Ordinary idea

Have you ever been going down life’s path only to find yourself suddenly pursuing something totally bizarre and out of the ordinary? That’s just what happened to me last month.  I was set to start writing my second book when I had a crazy idea come to me.  And what was this crazy idea? “Start…

Have Writer’s Block? Find out why!

I can’t say I woke up today thinking about “Writers Block” but here I am with something to say!  I was reading an interview by an author and was struck by the depth of his comment regarding Writers Block. Author Steve Rosner was asked to give advice on writing.  Here’s a portion of what he said:…

Give what you have to someone in need

We are in this thing called “LIFE” together and each one of us has times when we’ve felt the wind knocked out of our sails.  Will you be someone who can help others through their tough time? Or do you need some help today?  Listen to my first (I readily admit to this being a…

Be flexible to keep in step with your purpose

“Sometimes it’s important to be flexible and willing to change if internally we “know in our knower” it’s the right thing to do.  We do our best when answering God’s call and begin to follow the path we feel is right at the moment.  But there are times when the time has just come when…

Your life story is worth more than pure gold

Each one of us has life experiences which seem similar to others but, because of our unique life pattern they bear a distinct mark which cannot be copied by any other. This distinct mark is our footprint.  It becomes our testament to the world.  Therefore, with experiences flavored with the unique blend of you, what…

Without Fear; Find Your True Self

“You’re always on my mind. You’re always in my dreams. Your worth and value exceeds all wealth. My thoughts toward you are good. My dreams for you are good. No matter what you’ve done (or not done) makes no difference to me. I’m not your boss! I’m not looking for performance! I’m looking for you…

Are you different than everyone else?

Maybe no one has anything nice to say about your family.  They may be deemed lazy by others. But YOU are different.  You are a hard worker. But why are you different? What purpose is there to being different?  You are different because God is in you to be the one who turns your family name around. ​ Purpose…

Ignore your feelings and hold on to Faith.

Feelings are based on the physical interpretation of our surroundings.  They communicate to us on a lower frequency than faith. Feelings are earthly in nature and can be manipulated by many things. Faith is a spiritual substance not able to be measured by  earthly standards. Therefore faith operates on a higher frequency than our five…

Are you tempted to quit on love?

Is there anything worse than being tempted to quit on love?  Sure, it might sound good to stop loving someone while your mind keeps fresh wounds alive. But if given the chance your inner spirit will eventually lead you away from the hurt. Then, after your heart softens you’ll wonder what in the world kind…

Agree with God’s Angels. Part 4 Prayer for Cities.

Agree with God’s Heavenly Angels. All Angels are ministering spirits or serving spirits sent to people who are going to receive salvation.  He sends them to serve us – to help us.  After I received “Song of an Angel passing by”, God gave me the third strategy for restoring our cities: “Agree with God’s Angels as they…

Pure, Free, Healthy and Open. Part 3 Prayer for Cities

This morning as I was praying for Washington D.C. this phrase came to me. “Let’s change the face of this place.”  This is a declaration for the city prayer pioneers to use releasing their words and commanding the Heavenly Host. We declare over our cities their face be changed no longer looking as they have but…

Does it Matter where I live? Part 2 Prayer for Cities

Years ago my husband and I were in the thick of things trying to find our first home.  Our search took a couple of years as it seemed like every home we looked at and wanted already had an offer on it.  We felt like we were beat out every time. One day we were…

Living without Fear. Part 1 Prayer for Cities

WHEN THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN AUTHORITY, THE PEOPLE REJOICE! Q. Why is it important for you to declare the righteous be in authority? A.  Because the people will rejoice!  When God’s people who truly are in Him are ruling the people can rejoice.  Heaven has come to Earth.  People can live without fear, hold jobs,…

Watch for opportunities to work

Don’t despise menial work!  Don’t pawn it off!  Instead do those activities you could do in your sleep, like laundry, mowing the grass, stocking shelves, driving to and from work – whatever they may be in your life so you can work internally. Do important work of God internally while doing those things which don’t require…

Without Fear, Choose Light

God created the darkness.  God is not afraid of the dark.   God is not afraid of the dominion of darkness.   God is not afraid of the darkness of man’s sight. God is not afraid of the darkness of no record. God is not afraid of the dark in me or in you. And because you…

How can I forget a bad dream?

One night I had a very vivid dream which took me back to a time in my life I thought was over.  In my dream I was doing something I’d given up never to pick back up again.  I woke up puzzled wondering why I’d had a dream like that. When I prayed asking God…

One praying person can make a difference.

There are enough believers on the earth right NOW to get the job done. Even if there were only ONE believer this ONE believer could pray and take authority to change anything small or big. Remember LOT- one MAN who was righteous and prayed to God because he was not able to stand the sin…

Pray Simply; Savor the Words You Speak

One morning I began to pray, “Thank You Lord”.  I said this again and upon speaking it the third time I felt like I wasn’t just repeating empty words but my insides were getting involved.  Pray simply, savoring each word you speak until you feel your heart and mind deeply connect with your words. Wait…

Beyond the Fog: Faith brings you Full Circle

This morning I woke up hearing Jesus say, “Come with Me”.  I saw Him running like he was on a morning jog.  He spoke turning to look at me but he didn’t break stride.Briefly I thought of going back to sleep but thought, “If Jesus is up, running and smiling asking me to come- I’m…