It is easy to rejoice when everything is going well. Children are healthy and happy, family is blessed, able to pay bills without interruptions etc. What about when your child falls sick and other things are not going as well? This week I was tested and my son got a little sick followed by vomiting. The first thing that came to mind was ‘YUK.’ I get to clean the vomit. Holy Spirit quickly reminded me of 4 years ago when he was on Ketogenic diet in which he drunk oil and vomited every day, multiple time a day many times. Cleaning vomit was my norm for 2&half years. Immediately my heart was filled with gratitude and worship and we both has a great day. Another day I met a friend who did me so good and blessed me beyond any expectation. After meeting, I was walked to my vehicle excited and rejoicing when I tripped and shoes broke leaving me on the ground on my knees. I got pretty hurt on my knees. When I got up, Holy Spirit quickened my heart to continue rejoicing and giving thanks. It wasn’t easy but I did it through my pain. My spirit was lifted and I realized the enemy is always trying to throw things at us to keep us from worshiping God. We must make a choice to worship Him through our pain. If anything will make Satan stay away from you, that thing is worship and thanks giving to our God. Worship makes God’s presence manifest and Satan can’t occupy God’s glory. Worship and thanks giving will minimize your pain and cause you to be positive no matter what the circumstances are which will definitely turn things around for your good.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."