A big welcome to our newest guest blogger, Ana Martinez! Read her post here. On Thursdays I enjoy spending quality time with my two nieces. My children are in school during the day so this time with the little girls helps keep me grounded. One day in the car we were listening to music and singing along. I sing loud and the music was loud but it did not stop my youngest niece who is 2 from letting her voice be heard. During one of her favorite songs she sang as loud as she could “there is liberty.” It just warmed my heart. During the next song she shouted out the lyrics, “I surrender all!”
Luke 18:17-“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Here she is as young as can be, yet she was determined to sing His praises with everything inside of her. She did not just blurt these lyrics out but sang them with true meaning. I was blown away. I remember there was a time in my life when I sang His praises with everything inside of me. I had child-like faith and spoke of Christ with such passion and enthusiasm. Don’t get me wrong—I still am very passionate about Him. However, I have let “things,” “situations,” “disappointments,” and even “fear of people”, stop me from vocalizing my true admiration for God. This has grieved me deeply.
But now in complete surrender, I declare and will continue to verbally declare that He is Marvelous and Worthy of our Praise in and through out all situations. There is no one or anything else that can bring peace like Christ does. “The Prince of Peace.” When you truly surrender all unto Him—your wants, your desires, your heart and your time—miracles, transformation, healing, breakthroughs, deliverance and restoration can take place.
So I ask you today Do YOU surrender all?
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
About Ana Martinez
Ana Martinez was born in Michigan. When she was age 4, her parents Pastor Juan and Deborah Martinez founded the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship in Almont, Mich. Ana grew up in the church and in a humble, loving Christian home. Her parent’s faithfulness and commitment to ministry for over 27 years has been a testimony to her. In her youth she was like the prodigal son. She knows what it means to walk away from your call and to stray from the Word of God. Her life experiences have taught her that God’s way and His principals are worth upholding. She is a God-fearing Christian woman determined to do the will of The Lord. Her heart’s desire is to reach the lost and win souls for the kingdom of heaven by sharing the Good News, according to Matthew 28:19. Ana truly believes people are hurting and need to know that there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give ye rest.”
Ana has served on the Missionary Field, and has served in and led praise and worship, web design, children’s ministry and youth ministry. Ana’s most recent initiative is Georgia Peach Ministry, a non-profit she founded that serves widows and orphans. Ana is also on the board of the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship. Ana is a private chef and has worked with professional athletes over the past five years. She is also an entrepreneur and is part owner in an interior design business, a chef placement business, and is entering into the food product industry.
Ana resides in Southern California with her three beautiful children and seeks daily to model this scripture from Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”