Thanksgiving Power

Ana Martinez, Voices Against the Grain Guest Blogger

Ana Martinez, Voices Against the Grain Guest Blogger

Matthew 6:9-13

9- “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10- Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. 11-Give us this day our daily bread. 12-And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

This is such a powerful prayer, that each day as believers we should put it into action. With the holiday season upon us, it is so important to remember this prayer.  Christ is our daily bread as stated in verse 11. He knows our needs and He is faithful to supply.   Daily we must look to Him to help work through the difficult areas in our lives. Forgiveness is so important because we are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us.   The holidays can sometimes bring up past hurts, difficult memories or reminders of our present struggles; however, we are not alone in our affliction.  The Lord is right there with us.  I encourage you to not become defeated this year but to rise above and persevere.  The Lord will see you through as you continue to walk by faith.  Psalm 100:4 – “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless His name.”

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 isGeorgia 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.”


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