Anna of the New Testament | Women of the Bible

A few months ago, I read an article that featured some women of the Bible, lesser known women and what their stories mean for us today. I loved it. Not only because there were quite a few I didn’t remember (or know #honesty), but I was encouraged by the fact that God doesn’t waste space in the Bible. They were very short features, but none the less, it got me on this kick to study lesser known women in Scripture.

Enter in a new “series.” Y’all know me and my “series.” Sometimes they are in point and consistent, sometimes I forget I started them and sometimes I have nothing more to say on the topic – ha! But anyway, I think this will be good for me….the whole studying scripture thing is always good for my soul.🙂


I have never understood how people who have read the New Testament miss the way Jesus interacted with women. Even stories of women from the Old Testament are inspiring. What I see is women leading, serving, being loved deeply by Jesus.

Some the biggest inspirations over my life and faith come from the bible. Of course there are the big names, like Esther, Ruth and Mary, but I love how God also weaved in so many other stories of women. Lesser known women who may have one or two sentences in scripture, but still have an incredible story to tell.

One such woman? Anna of the New Testament. This was what we know of Anna from scripture from Luke 2:36-38:

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

She gets two verses in the entire Bible. Just two. At first glance that may not seem like much and that there might not be much to learn from Anna. Yet.

Isn’t that just like Jesus? What we might see as insignificant is far more than we can imagine. Plus, if you’re mentioned in the Bible that’s legit. Unless, it’s for shady reasons (where to even start with this list?), then totally not legit.

So Anna. She got married as many young women back then did. Only seven years later, her husband died. That in itself is terrible, but in a culture where women depended on men in many ways, I can only imagine the extra grief that was set before Anna.


She chose joy and serving the Lord. For 84 years! Fasting, worshipping, praying. Just think about that. I mean, real talk for a quick minute, I sometimes fall asleep after 3 minutes of prayer. But Anna was committed and because of this, Anna is the New Testament’s only named female prophetess. #Status

I would say Anna was content with her life. She had dedicated her life in service to the Lord and never gave up on that mission. I really believe she could have gone on to glory and that would have been more than enough for Anna. But the Lord wasn’t finished with her. Because then, Baby Jesus was born (Can I get a Hallelujah and Amen?).

What she thought was another day of praying, fasting and worshipping at the Temple, was much more. Instead, Anna was gifted with perfect timing of seeing Jesus and witnessing Simeon bless baby Jesus.

What an incredible gift! What was Anna’s response? Telling any and all about Jesus and the redemption of Jerusalem.

So yeah, I would say there’s a few things to learn from Anna and her two verses.

Life doesn’t always turn out how we expect
But we can cling to the hope that God still reigns, He has a plan and His timing is perfect.

When we trust Him, He blesses us more than we can imagine
And in ways we couldn’t dare to imagine. But do not dare not to dare friends.

When we draw close to the Lord, He draws near to us
Lord, may I never lose sight of this!

I hope you were encouraged by Anna’s story as I was! Have you read much about Anna before? In what ways has life turned out a bit different than expected?

Fun Finds for Every Day #6


How’s October treating y’all? Colorado continues to surprise me with fun places to explore and beautiful scenes at every turn. And finding fun finds? It’s the best! I hope y’all enjoy some I’ve come across!

1. Junk Gypsy Boots. I lived years in Texas, but never bought a pair of cowboy books. I’m determined to finally buy a pair here in CO. It’s cooler a lot more often here, so many more opportunities to wear them! Because boots in September in Texas? Nope.

2. Birds Don’t Worry, They Sing Art Print. I love how this looks and the reminder. Isn’t it so beautiful?

3. The Watch – Zebra Wood & Red Band. I’m not a big watch wearer, but I love how this one looks and the mission behind the organization. One more easy way to change the world. By purchasing a YouWood watch you will be helping provide a home, medical care, food and love for someone in need. We believe with every purchase, You become a part of someone else’s story, someone’s freedom, someone’s life! When no one else would…We knew YouWood!

4. World Map Art Print. This makes me want to travel! The simplicity and design is so well done! A great piece for an office.

Any fun gift ideas you’ve come across this week?

Generation Next | Difference Makers Feature

(There are so many incredible organizations out there doing incredible things to change the world. The Difference Makers Features highlight some of the ones I love and support and want to spread the word about! Find previous entries here).

Hello friends! I have another fabulous post and Difference Maker Feature. I had the chance to read Riley’s book and I love the heart and mission of Riley and her organization Generation Next. I hope y’all are inspired!


Supplying underprivileged children around the world with the necessary equipment for life. From school supplies, to hygiene kits to young girls. Simply loving kids to Christ!

1. How did you get involved with this organization and what is your specific role?
I founded Generation Next was I was 14 after my first trip to Kenya when I was 13. While I was there I served in a classroom of 1st graders and while I was helping them spell English words on their paper I noticed they all shared one stub of a pencil. Generation Next was founded in the beginning to supply kids with school supplies and now also does hygiene kits to keep young girls in school, has a school that gives a free education to 40 students in Kibwezi, Kenya with a meal a day, and has just purchased a 7,000 square foot community center with 5 farmable acres that will be used to provide jobs and a feeding program in the area.


2. What do you want people to know about the work that is being done?
I would like people to know that the work we do in Kenya allows so many opportunities for the people we are able to help. Many may not think that the school supplies or hygiene kits that we bring add up to much here at home but for the kids of Kibwezi it means a future.


3. What’s one of your favorite stories from recent work?
Just this summer we met a boy Named Muthoma who was ten years old and had never been to school because he had to take care of his baby sister while his mom went to sell produce during the day. As we spoke to his grandmother about him coming to our school and her watching the baby during the day she told us he had a “heavy tongue”. Which meant he couldn’t speak. As our translator talked to him more Muthoma, although shy, never had any sort of problem communicating with him. We were able to talk to the grandmother and work it out so that Muthoma could come to school and get a free education.


4. What are some of the best ways people can partner with your organization?
Some ways people can partner with Generation Next is through going on trips to Kenya with us during the summer, praying for our organization, by supporting us financially, or by collecting items for our backpacks and hygiene kits. You can also read more about my story and Generation Next in Riley Unlikely that just released.


I hope y’all enjoyed learning more and be sure to connect online!

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Little Letters | Edition #22


Hey everyone!! So my break went from one month to three because life rolls that way sometimes. Not only was moving exactly what you would think moving states is like, life in Colorado has taken off and hasn’t stopped. Work is amazing and keeps me busy and I’ve been traveling quite a bit. This will month will be the first time I’ll be home two weeks in a row – I love traveling, but this much right after moving made for overwhelming weeks, but by the Lord’s strength I’m still standing🙂. Anyway, I’m excited to be around on the weekends and explore more and more of the city! So with that, let’s dive into Little Letters, I-live-in-Colorado-now, edition.

Dear Mountains of Colorado,
You are insanely gorgeous and I will never ever tire of seeing you every morning on my way to work.

Dear this video,
Well done. #FreeHugs

Dear Del Taco,
WE’RE TOGETHER AGAIN!!! I refuse to admit how many times I’ve eaten you since I’ve moved here. But you right on the way home, so…..not my fault. But if you noticed a spike in your sales in The Springs…you’re welcome.

Dear Waterbrook Multnomah,
It’s a dream working for you and with y’all…I’ve never understood when people looked forward to work, but now I do. Mondays are happy days now.

Dear Denver Airport,
I admit you aren’t my Austin airport, but you have a lot more food options, so thanks! But real quick, can we also talk about your artwork?

Dear Fake Text Between Tollers and Jack,
You are the best.

Dear Narcos,
Well, I’m done with Season 2 and what an intense season. I eagerly await Season 3!

Dear Stranger Things,

Dear Coming Winter,
Be nice kay? It’s my first actual winter.

How are y’all doing? What’s going on in your lives?!

Aslan is on The Move….And I’m Half Terrified/Excited/Can’t Wait!

“When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:2

I quoted this verse in a post I wrote recently about being a hot mess. I talked about trying to figure out if I was doing life right. Questions like “Am I pursuing what I should be or do I need to let go of that dream?” You know, simple questions.

(Side note, I do believe there are dreams we have that are never meant to be realized and instead its the journey we needed. Like, I was supposed to marry Keanu Reeves. But y’all, I finally let that one go because I accepted this would never come to pass. But don’t worry I can quote Speed like a boss. #TheJourney).

That weekend I also decided to apply to more publishing jobs (true story, about every quarter for the past couple years I would do this. We’re talking ALL THE JOBS in ALL THE CITIES, except really cold states because no) with the thought process of “well, let’s just keep trying.”

You can imagine my excitement when I had a phone interview that very next week and then an in person interview the following week and then a job offer. Y’all WHAT? Was this my life?

And y’all, it was and now is. I am moving from the great state of Texas to the insanely gorgeous state of Colorado to take a position with Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing.



My job will now involve books. All the time!

Yes I am soooooooo excited, but totally terrified too.

Moving from Texas is different than when I moved from California in so many ways. Leaving California was hard, but I knew I’d always visit. In the 8 years I’ve been in Texas, I’ve created my Texas family. When I think about leaving them, I start crying. #RealTalk. I don’t know when I’ll be able to visit, when they’ll be able to visit (although COLORADO MOUNTAINS FOR THE WIN!), so it’s different leaving. (Plus the food internet. THE FOOD).

Going on an adventure is exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Does that stop me or shut down my excitement? Not at all, because I have seen God’s hand in so many ways through this whole process, He really is just showing off at this point. I LOVE IT.

Being brave and courageous isn’t the absence of fear, but as many have said, it’s the willingness to fight that fear head on. It wouldn’t be courageous if there wasn’t something a bit scary about it.

And so begins the new adventure and new chapter in my life!! #PrayForMeDuringWinter

I can’t wait to share more, the pictures and the all around awesomeness as I explore my new city. Aslan is definitely on the move y’all!

P.S. I’m having a huge inventory/clearing out sale for The Shoppe if you’ve been eyeing an item or two! You can find out the details here!

5 Things 34 Year Old Jamie Would Tell College Jamie

First off, I need to say I totally stole this idea from Wesley. You can read her’s here, but it was so fun to read!

This past month has been all about graduations (naturally) and it’s so fun to see these kids graduate high school and college. While it’s been a few (or more – high five for Class of 2003!) since I’ve walked across a stage, I remember those years so clearly and the fun I had at college.

Oh the things I worried about and the things I thought I knew! I wonder what I’ll tell myself 10, 20 and 30 years from now? I can’t wait!

Walking up with no clue what was coming next. Whoop!

Walking up with no clue what was coming next. Whoop!

Alright, here’s five things 34 year old Jamie (well, in a month) would tell college Jamie:

1. Can we talk about what you were wearing? I kid! But trust me, you’ll have some laughs at all your fashion decisions. But every time you laugh at those pics, you’ll usually be with your friends you met during those bad fashion years and it’s always awesome. Those people you met during that first year…you’ll still be hanging out 16 years later. Plus, you’re still b/f/fs with your friend from 5th grade and you write each other all the time in college, like letters that go in the mail and require a stamp. Also, this email thing really takes off and that first email address? Totally not cool ( Jamie…..). But FOR REAL. The Lord really blesses you on the friendship train.

2. Even though you didn’t study abroad (you’ll have a teeny bit of regret on that), you’ll still get to travel quite a bit and it will be so much fun. You’ll travel with your friends, your family and even by yourself. But just know there’s lots of adventures to come, so don’t worry that those trips in college were it.

It’s official when you walk across that stage!

It’s official when you walk across that stage!

3. You won’t be married by the time you graduate. OH THE HORROR. And by that I mean, you have several years ahead of you where you’ll make mistakes, learn more about yourself and God’s goodness and trust in the journey and path the Lord has you on. It’s really fun and awesome.

4. You’ll still be a nerd. You just become more hardcore when you hit your 30s and won’t care what people think. Also, why didn’t you discover Tolkien earlier? #Rude

5. There’s this thing called social media that will blow up and you’ll daily THANK SWEET BABY JESUS it did not exist when you were in your education years. Like truly, “praise Jesus with both hands high up in the air” kind of thankfulness. I know you can’t imagine things called “blogs” and “social media,” but it will change the world. Also, it gives you a chance to write and you know you love that (remember the sports column you wrote as editor? Lap’s Low Down? See…you were a trendsetter). It might take you a few years/decade to really *get* what you want to do, but trust me 20-year-old Jamie, it will be awesome and through it all, you’ll learn so much!

I call this REALLY HAPPY JAMIE and my pretty Mama!

I call this REALLY HAPPY JAMIE and my pretty Mama!

How about y’all? What would you tell your college age self?