The thoughts we allow to sit in our mind affect our perception of everything, including how we feel and what we do. How we think is not determined by our circumstances but by our choice. “8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8). The bible in several other places makes it very clear that we choose our thoughts. As I have personally practiced being mindful of what I am thinking and why, I have found it to work. Sometimes, when things were very difficult and scary, I choose to focus/meditate on God’s word even when my circumstances were painful. I choose to worship and praise God. What I realized, is that I felt better and peaceful in spite of the circumstances continuing to be difficult at the time. As I continued to imagine things being different many things begun to change. Paul was before King Agrippa in chains and many accusers following Him and wanting to kill. In this situation that appears very difficult, he chose to think himself happy. To Paul, what mattered the most was any opportunity to testify about Jesus Christ. While many of us would not want to be before the king in chains, He thought Himself happy. We too each, can make a choice to think self happy in spite of our current conditions. Where we focus our thoughts leads to our actions and to our freedom. ” Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You are permitted to speak for yourself.’ So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: 2 ‘I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, 3 especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.'” (Acts 26: 1-3).
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."