This week found our family with a challenge. Our 15-year-old son, Nate had a medical condition which led his younger sister crying feeling sad for her brother. Nate calmly said to her, “Well Sally, Don’t cry. Think of all this time God has kept me without being sick.” This just put tears to my eyes. Nathaniel, a 15-year-old has got through tough life battles with this kind attitude. He never stop amazing us. He keeps his mind focused on goodness. I really thank God for my children and watching them support each other so strongly during tough times fills my heart with joy and peace. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV). Nate somewhere deep in his heart understands this so well. God wants us to give thanks in all circumstances. Focusing on our life circumstances drugs us down but when we focus our mind the good times and blessings, this lifts our spirit even in difficult times. After all, if we trust God, we know that He works all things for our good even when it makes no sense at the moment. Please join us in this journey of giving thanks to God for Nathaniel and where He has brought him from. God is good all the time and all the time, God is good.
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."