What's In Your Box of Chocolates?

If you had told me 6 years ago that I would be married, have two kids and work at a Christian radio station I would’ve said, ”Who’s life are you talking about?!”  It makes me think of that line from the movie Forest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates……ya never know what you going to get.”   I had almost given up hope of getting married and having kids. I always thought that having a family was in my future but as the birthdays started to quickly pass by and the grey hair slowly began to appear one strand a time I started to give-up hope. Honestly there came a moment right after I turned 37 that I was okay with not getting married….really.  But of course as life would have it that is when I met my husband Blake in a very unlikely place.  I NEVER in million years thought that you could ever find true love on the internet.  In fact I signed up on one those dating sites to support a friend who really, really wanted to find Mrs. Right.  I told him that I would sign up too but that I would only go on 7 dates and then I was out!  Well, Blake turned out to be date #5.  We married within a year of meeting and had two beautiful daughters--Lucy and Kennedy.  It was the blessing and the life I so dreamed of having.  Looking back I now realize….God had a hand in ALL of it.

See I’m what you would call a new Christian.  I’ve always believed in God. I grew up Catholic, went to CCD and had my confirmation when I was 7.  But even through all of that and knowing about God……I never knew what it was to have an intimate relationship with Him.  As I began handing my life over to Christ that’s when the idea of working at SPIRIT 105.3 came to mind.  At the time I thought to myself, “Nah…I’m not Christian enough yet, I’m still working through my past sins.  They won’t want someone like me?!”  But you see, God wanted someone like me! He knew exactly where I needed to be.  So, if life is like a box of chocolates than I believe God is the chocolatier. He knows exactly what is in the box!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

I am so blessed with this beautiful abundant life! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next!

Never give up hope…..God is making beautiful chocolates for you too!!

Love,

Ana

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  1. Eileen Paul posted on 10/23/2013 09:22 AM
    Hi Anna, I listen on my drivve home from work and love your open and honest communications. Your joy and compassion come through. Thanks for sharing.
    1. Ana K posted on 10/23/2013 03:53 PM
      @Eileen Paul Awww thank you Eilleen! It's such an honor and blessing to work here. I love this job. God's gifts and plan. ;) Thank you so much for your kind words.....that keeps me going.
  2. Diane posted on 10/23/2013 09:26 AM
    Hi. I'm a catholic. I have a close personal relationship with God....and so do most of my Catholic friends. Why do people just assume if you are catholic you need to be "saved" ? Ive been listening to Lighthouse Cd's and they are absolutely amazing and life changing. I hope you have not turned away from Catholicism. You can have a personal relationship and be spirit filled and still a catholic.... Ive got several really good cd's you could listen to :-) I did enjoy your blog and Im so happy that all things worked out for you.
  3. Mike posted on 10/23/2013 09:45 AM
    I too grew up catholic. searched for more and met my wife at age 30 and married about a year later. Recently I was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder. Life has been thrown several major curves, but God has lead me through it all. He continues to bless me and those around me. He has a plan and He loves me more than words can express. I know that I do not need to Understand, but only Believe that He has my best interests in mind and that makes All the Difference! God is Good ALL THE TIME!!
    1. Ana K posted on 10/23/2013 03:56 PM
      @Mike Amen! Thanks for sharing your story Mike. God is so amazing!!
  4. Laurie posted on 10/23/2013 12:51 PM
    Thank you for sharing. That us exactly what I needed to hear!!
  5. Donna Thayer posted on 10/25/2013 06:25 AM
    Ana, thank you for this. i am too a new christian. i am 57 years young and have found God for the first time in my life after loosing my husband 4 years ago. i am trying to take "baby steps" but it is hard. thank you for your reminder that he knows whats in store for me.

    God Bless and i love listening to you, he chose well.
    1. Ana K posted on 11/04/2013 06:23 PM
      @Donna Thayer That is so inspiring and amazing Donna. Yes, trust and let Him lead....He has GREAT things for you!! Thanks for sharing your heart and your story. God bless you-- hugs, Ana
  6. Tanya posted on 10/25/2013 12:48 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story. I always feel like I'm not "Christian enough" to do certain things and don't want to be a hypocrite by doing those things. But your story taught me to not think like that and do everything for the glory of God.
    1. Ana K posted on 11/04/2013 06:26 PM
      @Tanya Amen!!! It’s God that made me realize that the glory is for Him not anyone else. That I also should love my brothers and sisters wherever they are in their walk. Our kindness goes farther than we realize. Thank you Tanya for posting this....it inspires others. :)
  7. Francine Carpenter posted on 10/25/2013 04:25 PM
    Ana,
    Well when God made all of us chocolates in his big box of candy, then I will proudly claim that I am one of his NUTS.
    Nuts about Jesus, Nuts about my husband, Nuts about my kids, grand kids, great grand kids, parents, sisters and all my family.
    I was 28 when I left the Catholic faith because I just couldn't get that connection I so desperately needed to have. Now at 61, with knowledge strands on my roof, life couldn't be nor would it be anything with out God in our lives.
    1. Ana K posted on 11/04/2013 06:27 PM
      @Francine Carpenter Love that Francine---you are a blessing to the Kingdom!! Keep up the great work and go nuts!! ;)
  8. mark nisco posted on 10/26/2013 08:56 AM
    thank you again Ana...i too grew up Catholic, but didnt have a relationship with Jesus and being close to our Heavenly Father, through Him...and "ditto" on your openess and relating your human awkward moments in life- we all have them but dont always share them...you are very courageous in your sharing of you.
    I love knowing God knows and watches over our life, and His plan.

    Blessings
    1. Ana K posted on 11/04/2013 06:30 PM
      @mark nisco Thank you Mark--blessings to you and your family. May He continue to lead you on this beautiful, amazing journey.....it never ends!
  9. Roberta Hawkins posted on 10/26/2013 07:27 PM
    What a blessing is your testimony. I serve an awesome God and you are living proof that one never knows what the next step God has planned for us. Just like that box of chocolates it ist the one line in that movie that touched my life and keeps me focused.
    1. Ana K posted on 11/04/2013 06:32 PM
      @Roberta Hawkins Yes, there were many wonderful moments in that movie. One of my favorites! Thank you Roberta....may God continue to shine His light on you and your family.
  10. Kevin posted on 12/06/2013 06:15 PM
    Ana, wonderful story, God has a plan for us all, and more often than not His plan for us is bigger than our own! I listen to Spirit quite a bit, I am also a Roman Catholic and I couldn't help but respond to your post because you mentioned you grew up Catholic. I fell away from my faith as a teenager, about 3 years ago I returned I am now 28, I pray every day for the re-unification of the Church. There are too many misrepresentations about Catholicism out there to count, one of which is that we cannot or do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. In John 6:53 Jesus says: "Amen, Amen I say to you unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood you have no life within you." (I don't know how much more personal you can get). This "hard saying" was rejected by many, then Jesus asked the twelve in verse 67: "Do you also want to leave?" to which Peter responded: "to whom shall we go?" Catholics truly take Christ at His word as the apostles did, they did not abandon Christ because of the hard teachings. There are many objections to Catholicism by Protestants, I have researched these objections, and can find no merit for schism. Is there corrupt people within Catholicism? Yes, of course there are, this shouldn't act as a road block though to joining the Church Christ Himself founded, I would challenge you to look past the corrupt individuals and study what the Church teaches from the perspective of the church, not a well meaning, yet mis-informed Protestant pastor. I think it's important to remember that the Bible came from the Church not the other way around, and by accepting the Bible, you accept the authority and tradition of the Catholic Church. There is no reason for seperation, imagine what Christianity could do if we were unified as we are supposed to be and not squabeling over misconceptions. God desires unity, not division. With this, I urge you to come home to the rich Catholic faith, you are most welcome, God bless you!
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