Friday, January 6

i don't know what you all did new year's eve
and new years, but i was at a friend's house
with two dogs, two cats, and my grandbaby, colben,
12 months old.

brandt and jasmine have a pit bull that, as of this moment,
has no manners when entering someone else's home. he
bounded through the door. headed straight for casey's
(golden retriever) food bowl, and as I watched in horror,
he ate every bite of casey's bowl of food. threw it all up,
and pooped the minute brandt put him on the back patio
so as to clean up the barf.

my friend was taking her mother somewhere for the
weekend, and i know she must have thought the house
would be levelled when she returned. i was close to
the same thoughts.

i put a leash on casey. bundled my dollbaby colben in
a white knit cap and tights and sweater...and locked
jr. (pitbull) out back, howling and barking, and we
headed to the park to throw balls for casey to retrieve.
hanging onto colben in his new little van shoes, and
casey's leash, we walked and played and came home.
colben never whined or wanted to be picked up.

before we even got close to the house, we could hear jr.
howling. i unleashed casey, and got jr., holding on with all
the strength i had. leashed him, took colben's hand, and
out the door we go to give jr. some fresh air. he would
wrap the leash around colben and me, and start to bound
off, about to decapitate the baby and me. he would
plant these giant, wet licks over colbens face, who would
close his eyes, and then continue walking. his little feet
moving with no effort.

two trips to the park,
and colben, with milk in his sippy cup, laid down and
did not move for almost three hours.

finally, after two hours, jr. began to calm down, and
he and casey bonded. buddies. everywhere they went,
side by side. all of us survived, and by the time brandt
and jasmine came for colben, all his clothes were clean.
the kitchen wiped down. the dog food up on a counter
where neither dog...nor colben...could eat it.

by the time karen returned the next day, you would never
know that we ALL ended up in her bad the night before
(i washed all her bedding), and casey had her water and
food back in place. she did not have any idea that colben
had been in all her kitchen drawers, or that jr. peed on
her office rug.

james 4:7
"submit yourself then to God.
resist the devil and he will flee from you."

2011 was such a difficult one for me. the devil
chased me everywhere. Scripture verse
for the new year is in james. not only are we warriors,
GOD is the ultimate Warrior. and i'm done letting
the devil mess with me. i love you all. stand strong.
praise God in All circumstances. and i will speak
to you next week.


  1. Boy! There is one thing we can say about the devil, he is relentless. But, we can never say he is victor. Jesus is the Victor!

    Praying for you as you go through 2012. Remember, God uses everything in our lives to draw us closer in relationship with Him and to transform us into the image of His beloved Son.

  2. Ann, i love your books so much! i've read yes and i;m out to change my world, and i cry and relate to them all. i'm getting ready to read seduced by success, but i would like to know if i am able to email you? that'd be great inspiration for me. i'd love to share my story with you, and get advice from you. i just love jesus so much and i know you do too.

  3. Ann,I would love to send you something I wrote that mentions your influence in my life...please e-mail me at

    Thank you...Sharon

  4. hilarious! does she read your blog? I have 2 dogs and 2 cats myself. Greater is He that is in me than he who is the world.

  5. the ending of this post is such an answer to questions circling in my mind...recently had a miscarriage and i have some friends telling me the devil stole from us and others saying they are rejoicing in God's plan for our family!! it all has stirred my mind to really seek the heart of God about things and this same verse in James came to me today (while running?)...Joyce Meyer says that the eagle embraces the high winds (storms) but kills the serpent...on a journey to learn about our authority in Christ and living out His will on earth-Father, Thy kingdom come...on earth as it is in heaven~