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Do you know the roaring waves of trauma? Do they take your breath away too? Do you struggle to give voice to the emotions surging and crashing within you? Do you love your LORD and Savior, but often feel so ashamed of your struggle? Then, you are in the right place. Welcome. All of you.

I don’t have a cure for you. I cannot make your wind and waves go away, but what I do have I long to share with you. God has been speaking into my wind and waves, into my heartache, pain, fear and shame. He is revealing Himself as the Living Word at work in me, who sees me, knows me and loves me. Right where I am.

And those relentless waves? They’re actually bringing me closer to Him. He is using what the enemy sent to destroy me to wash away all that does not define me. He is showing me that “everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ” (Colossians 3: (9-11) MSG).

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He is showing me the truth of His promise: the abundance of the roaring sea shall be turned toward us. Through the surge of relentless emotions and our struggles to breathe, He is in fact flaming His precious Word alive in us. We “shall see and be radiant”, our hearts “shall thrill and exult” (Isaiah 60:5 ESV). For as Isaiah 42: 2 – 3 (NIV) puts it:

a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice, he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

I long to share this flaming abundance God is revealing to me with you here. So, each week, I will be publishing a selection of my poetry, worship music that has blessed me, Scripture-filled prayers and stories of God’s faithfulness. Soon, my dear friend Bettie, a chronic illness warrior and passionate follower of Christ, and I will also be offering a regular podcast: a restful time of prayer, fellowship and worship for you no matter where you are in the world.

I will leave you with a poem that expresses the heart of Flaming Abundance. May God bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and may you know the hope and joy and peace of His Presence each and every day.

PERFECTED STRONG, A poem by Anna Louise Smit


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  1. Dear Anna,
    I love your new site and the way that God has gifted such fresh beauty! He does meet us in these waves that threaten to overwhelm, but gives us deeper treasures of Himself right there. I am so blessed at the way God has woven our paths together on this journey. May He have His way in our hearts. And may He bless you as you step out in this new internet home!

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    March 14, 2019
    • Amen! So thankful for His precious weaving. And SO excited to share our first episode soon. God is just so full of beautiful awe-striking surprises in how He lives and moves and has His being in us. Love you xxx

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      March 14, 2019
  2. Dear Anna, I love this. What a beautiful design and your welcoming words. You share from your heart and your experiences so lovingly. Hearing your voice reading your poem was like icing on the cake! I can’t wait to see what all God will do with your beautiful new blog. Blessings, love and hugs to you, my dear sister! xoxo

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    March 14, 2019
    • Thank you so much, Gayl. You have been such an encouragement and support in prayer leading up to this. And I can’t wait to see what God will do either ❤. Blessings, love and hugs to you too

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      March 14, 2019
  3. Lisa Enqvist #

    Dear Anna,

    This is beautiful. I’m glad you invited me into the circle of ladies in an earlier blog. Each one of them, including you, has enriched my life in many ways.
    The background to your webpage and your message brings me numerous memories of the endless journeys of my childhood over stormy seas. It is amazing to think that God can use sand as a border for the mighty ocean.
    A thought just came up about God’s promise to Abraham:
    I will bless you with incredible blessings and multiply your descendants into countless thousands and millions, like the stars above you in the sky, and like the sands along the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, and your offspring will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth—all because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:17 Living Bible (TLB)

    Your blog also brought to my mind the words of this old song:

    I trust in God wherever I may be,
    Upon the land, or on the rolling sea,
    For come what may, from day to day,
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.
    Refrain:
    I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
    On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
    Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.

    He makes the rose an object of His care,
    He guides the eagle through the pathless air,
    And surely He remembers me;
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.

    I trust in God, for, in the lion’s den,
    On battlefield, or in the prison pen,
    Through praise or blame, through flood or flame,
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.

    The valley may be dark, the shadows deep,
    But, oh, the Shepherd guards His lonely sheep;
    And through the gloom He’ll lead me home,
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.
    https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/My_Father_Watches_Over_Me/

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    March 15, 2019
    • Oh Lisa, those lyrics are so beautiful, so full of beautiful truth. Thank you for sharing and for that precious Scripture too. Such affirmation. I am so thankful for God weaving our paths together. You and the many generational stories of God’s faithfulness you have shared have been such a gift to me. As have your prayers. Thank you for visiting and blessing me.

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      March 15, 2019

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