The Cost of Keeping Score

People sometimes complain about other people’s social media posts being filled with how well their life is going, how happy their relationships, and how special their children. The problem, they say, is that it can’t be true, no one’s life is that perfect, and they just need to stop pretending. But they’re wrong.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The problem has nothing at all to do with what someone else posts on their own social media, whether true or not. But everything to do with where you and I place our attention. God gave each of us unique life paths. Your path is not mine, my path is not yours, and the person posting on social media has their own path, too. We have no idea what they have walked through, or are walking through.

The enemy of your soul seeks to cause division and strife. He loves nothing more than to lead you to doubt God’s goodness towards you. And that, my friend, is where jealousy, discontentment, and resentment begin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

The root of every sin is in where we choose to turn our eyes. When our attention is fixed on other people, our thoughts turn easily to what we feel we lack. Instead, look to God and His grace and glory. The only time we should focus on other people is when we look to see where we can give them help. We all rise best by lifting others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

So, when you feel discouraged by someone else’s seemingly perfect life, remember, it’s

count your blessings, not compare them. 

-Ann Wilds

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“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8‬



How to Find the Road Home

Traveling with my mom as a child, we often found ourselves lost or at least on the wrong road. She’d start the trip off fine, but frequently distracted, would miss an exit or a turn. She wouldn’t stop and turn around, even if she noticed the error right away. Her mindset was that as long as we were going in the general direction we’d be fine. Instead of a few minutes to correct our course,  her approach was known to take an entire day or two of extra travel. It drove me crazy. Once I reached adulthood, she was my passenger on road trips.

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Are you someplace in life you don’t want to be, feeling lost and frustrated? Perhaps you’ve been thrown off course by circumstances outside of your control, or maybe it’s because of poor decisions you’ve made. Either way, it doesn’t much matter how you got there, what’s done is done. You can’t ever go back and change the past. What matters is what you do about it today. You have the power to change direction. The future is up to you.

You can stay where you are, wandering in the wilderness of life—unhappy, angry, and, frustrated—far from your desired destination, or you can choose to make a change. The power is yours. You can determine to move forward each and every day.

Whenever you find yourself somewhere other than where your purest self should be, simply turn.

Turn away from the dark and towards the light. Turn away from the mire of self-loathing, turn back from the pit of acting out, and turn and run from the chains of temptation.

You won’t reach your destination immediately, but if you continue to take steps of faith in the right direction, you will end up on the sweet road to home.

—Ann Wilds

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6:16‬a ESV‬‬

Called to More

You know, following Christ isn’t an easy life. It is a blessed life, it is a grace-filled life, but it’s certainly not easy.

Though we are His, our human nature didn’t just disappear. We still have our old habits and desires. Like every other human that walks the earth, we have tendencies to be self-focused and involved, more concerned with ourselves and our own comfort than anyone else’s.

But God calls us to so much more.

For though our human nature remains, our spiritual nature is changed the moment we accepted Christ as Savior. The Holy Spirit now lives inside of us. And with that spiritual change comes the power for us to be different, to live our lives as a reflection of Christ.

But for us to answer the call to be different than the world, we actually have to be different. We have to think differently, respond differently, and love differently. And that’s where things get hard.

God calls us to things that are antithesis to our human nature. He calls us to:

• Forgive readily (Colossians 3:23)
• Control our thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5)
• Love our enemies (Matthew 5:44)
• Wait patiently (Psalm 37:7)
• Not worry (Matthew 6:34)
• Trust God (Proverbs 3:5)
• Put on love (Colossians 3:14)
• Bless our haters (Romans 12:14)
• Live humbly (Proverbs 11:2)
• Live at peace with others (Romans 12:18)
• Manage our mouth (James 1:26)
• Deny our flesh (Galatians 5:19-21)
• Be still (Exodus 14:14)

Those are hard things to do. Yet, God is good. He would never tell us to do something that we didn’t have the capacity for. Like babies learning to walk, it may not be natural, it may not be comfortable, and it certainly may not be easy, but what He calls us to do is possible. And even when it seems beyond our power, it’s never beyond His.

So, in whatever situation you face today where your human nature wants to respond differently than the Spirit living inside you, remember this.

God doesn’t call us to do the easy, He calls us to do the hard.

And though we may falter and fail, as I do daily, we never stop striving. So that through the power of prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit which helps us, we become transformed little by little into a life that looks less like us and a whole lot more like Jesus.

—Ann Wilds

Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked. —1 John 2:6


Called to the hard


Praying for Your Prodigal Through Scripture

Is your heart breaking for someone who is far away from God? If so, you aren’t alone. You’d be hard pressed to find a believer who doesn’t have at least one prodigal in their life. It may be a child, a family member, a spouse, or a friend.


Whichever camp your prodigal falls into, it’s a hard road to walk and a difficult burden to bear. As much as you love them and want to fix things, you must face the truth. The prodigal’s salvation is not yours to control. You can’t change their heart; only God can.

But what you can—and should—do is fight. At every occasion, fight fiercely for them but not with them. Fighting with them about their faith, through anger, guilt, or shame, is never effective. But fighting for them, on your knees, is. I was once a prodigal, and through the diligent prayers of many, returned home to the Father.

God’s desire is that not one soul be lost. He tells us so in His word, so it’s not something you have to wonder about. That means that He is actively seeking them, working to bring them home, even when you can’t see it. Just be still and trust. Press in to Him. There is no better time than now to grow deeper in your own relationship with Christ. Your work is to love them, wherever they are, and fight for them in prayer.

And as you do, claim God’s word over them. It is the sword we use to fight in the spiritual realm. Listed below are a number of verses that speak to my heart when praying for my prodigals. I’ve included a free download here for you. Simply print them out and place them where you will see them as you go about your day. When you do, say another prayer for them.

Wield your sword, keeping it sharp and ever ready by your side, and together we’ll fight until they all come home.
-Ann Wilds
Ephesians 1:18 ERV

I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessing God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.



Jeremiah 31:16-17 GNT

“Stop your crying and wipe away your tears. All that you have done for your children will not go unrewarded; they will return from the enemy’s land. There is hope for your future; your children will come back home.” I, the Lord, have spoken.


Luke 19:10 NLT

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.


Luke 15:24 NIV

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and now is found.


Ezekiel 34:16a NLT

I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again.


Isaiah 49:25 NLT

“But the Lord says, ‘The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved. For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.’”


Ezekiel 34:12 NLT

I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.


Isaiah 44:3-4 NLT

For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessings on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.


Isaiah 59:21 NLT

And this is my covenant with them, says the Lord. My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!


2 Peter 3:9 KJV

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”


1 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”


1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”


Nehemiah 4:14b NLT

Don’t be afraid of the enemy. Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your homes.


Nehemiah 8:10b NIV

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.


John 9:3b NIV

But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.


Philippians 1:6 ESV

And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.


Proverbs 22:6 KJV

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”


John 15: 7 NLT

But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!


Acts 16:31 NLT

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”


1 King 8:56 NLT

Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises He made through His servant Moses.


Habakkuk 3:17,18 NLT

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.


Isaiah 26:3 NLT

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.


James 5:16b NLT

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.


Psalm 94:19 NIV

When anxiety was great within me your consolation brought me joy.

Color the World

One of the things I like least about winter time is that it steals most of the color from our backyard woods. Even the trees and bushes that maintain some green seem to turn a duller, dusty shade.

Yet it’s this very dullness that makes any touch of color that much more beautiful. I came across this red leaf yesterday and its color stood out even more brightly surrounded as it was by a sea of drab brown.


Though outward circumstances may drain the color from those around you, stealing their joy, remember that you’re different. The joy of someone with the power of Christ living inside them is no longer rooted to the outside world. So when the wind blows cold, hold fast to your color, your inner joy. You’ll stand out as a beacon of hope to a dying world.

Ann Wilds

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
(John 15:11)

Pennies from Heaven

I don’t know about you, but I often find dropped and discarded pennies on the ground. PenniesSome have clearly been out in the elements for quite some time. They’re dirty, worn, and even bent. Yet, no matter how long they’ve been overlooked or even how badly treated, they still hold the exact same worth as a shiny, new penny.

Child of God, don’t ever be misled by the world’s twisted truths or by lies from the enemy. Your value isn’t found in the number of friends you have or the number of followers. It doesn’t come from worldly honors or accolades. Nor is it determined by the way others see or treat you. No matter how much or how little you’re appreciated in human eyes,

being wanted will never alter your worth.

The source of a coin’s value comes from the image stamped upon it. So it is with you. You are stamped with the image of the Living God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Your worth is both assured and secured.

– Ann Wilds

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27)

The Assurance of the Manger

My house is all a bustle as we prepare to host family Christmas next weekend. Last night as I was hanging ornaments, my thoughts drifted back to my childhood Christmas home. If what comes to your mind is a beautifully trimmed and decorated tree with elegant ribbon and wrapping underneath, you’d be mistaken.

We couldn’t afford to buy a Christmas tree. Each year we would cut our own, not from a Christmas tree farm filled with perfectly shaped trees, but from an ordinary field with random pine trees. We lived in the country and would traipse through acres, and often mud, to find a tree that was remotely the size and shape of a traditional Christmas tree. We’d carry back our find like a prized trophy, then proceed to cut the branches to somewhat resemble the right shape. On occasion we’d even cut off a branch and graft it in with string or wire to cover a gaping hole. Then we’d hang large bulb lights, add old and often handmade ornaments, and then cover it with as much tinsel as possible. A handful of tinsel can cover an awful lot of imperfections. The messy, imperfect tree was fitting for our highly dysfunctional family.

Next came my favorite. We’d set up the manger scene. Ours was a small, simple manger with an angel with a broken wing, a few animals, Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus. I loved the baby Jesus. If there were other pieces, I don’t remember them. Many years later, when my mom moved in with us, the manger made it to our house but not the character pieces. Somehow in the move we’d lost the baby Jesus.


If you are in a place where you don’t feel the presence of Jesus, know this. While it is possible to lose a baby Jesus, you can’t ever lose Jesus. Take comfort in that assurance. When our eyes are fixed on ourselves or on the troubles of the day, we don’t see Him. When our ears are filled with the siren song of the world or the lies of the enemy, we don’t hear Him. But, nevertheless, He is there, longing for intimacy with us, ready to carry our every burden, to break our chains and free us from our fears.

He is the Alpha and Omega, the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah. Through Him, all that is, or ever will be, came into being. He is the lover of your soul, your prince of peace, your good shepherd, your great treasure, and your savior redeemer. Turn your eyes and see.

©Ann Wilds

Don’t Believe a Lie

A friend was hurt recently over words someone said about her. It was apparent she was in deep pain though the words, spoken in context, weren’t intended to offend. What was minor for one, was major for another.

Often, when we react intensely to an offense it is because it has triggered a previous wound, a rawness that has never fully healed. Though the pain is felt in the moment it is not actually about that moment. In my friend’s case, the wound comes from a lie she has unwittingly embraced as truth.

A lie that says she doesn’t measure up.

Are you, like my friend, troubled by nagging thoughts that you’re not enough? At one time or another, we all experience feelings of inadequacy. And the feeling can be justified: a first-time parent with a newborn, a novice chess player, or a student taking an exam not studied for. But if the feelings of inadequacy center on who you are as a person, know with absolute certainty that they are lies.

We each carry a unique perspective, influenced by our life experiences, our family, the world, the enemy, and our internal sound track. But there is something you need to understand. The messages, expectations, and beliefs that come from them have absolutely no meaning unless you accept them as truth. And what you believe to be true, manifests in your life as if it was true.

Over the years, I’ve also heard messages that I wasn’t enough, that I was faulty or lacked value. Some were spoken out loud, though most were piercing whispers in my heart. But I learned a secret. Those messages don’t define me. They may be someone’s truth, but they aren’t my truth.

The real truth of who you are comes from your Creator. But until you fully embrace His truth as your truth, you’ll spend life weakened and under attack. My friend longs to be accepted for who she is, but finds herself thwarted time and again, because deep down she still believes a lie. As a result, she can respond to others in a distorted way. When they pull back it reinforces the lie. My friend’s pain is very, very real. But it is needless.

Lesson for the Journey:

If someone said you were a purple gorilla, you’d walk away unconcerned because you know it’s untrue. A person’s opinion of you will only cause you distress when you’ve forgotten the truth of who you really are. The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior you became a new creation, one that He calls cherished, victorious, chosen, and fully whole. So before you react, remember who you are. Anyone else’s opinion simply Meme- Don't believe the liesdoesn’t matter.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

-Ann Wilds

Book Release


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Would you like a FREE pdf copy of my new book, Hope from the Pit: Devotions from the life of Joseph?


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Write a book review on Amazon.


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If you are interested in partnering with me and willing to spread the news about Hope from the Pit, please email me at: and write “influencer” in the subject line. Then in the email please share which two action steps you will take. I will be in touch. If you are chosen, more details will be provided.


From the bottom of my heart, thank you!




How Do You Define Success?

People were shocked.

“You’re doing what?!”, was a common response when I first announced that I was stepping out of management. It didn’t make sense to them that I would give up a promising career in the corporate world.

But that world was only part of who I was. I was also a wife, a mom, and a care-giver. And as those roles shifted in need, God began to call me to shift my focus. But it wasn’t a simple yielding on my part. For a year, I’d felt His nudge to reduce my hours, but was hesitant to act. I couldn’t maintain my position and work part-time, and I enjoyed what I did and the sense of value it gave me.  So I prayed about it, and had my sister pray about it, and through a series of surprising – some even painful- events, He made it easier for me to jump when a opportunity arose.

And through that yes came a new season. One that, through the eyes of the world, may look unsuccessful. But it is the same one that allowed unhurried time and care for my declining mother, provided opportunity to be fully engaged in my daughter’s life and activities, created deeper dependence and connections with my husband, and one that opened doors for my writing and teaching.

Whatever place you are in right now, resist the temptation to see your value only through the world’s definition of success. To it you may be just a mom, just a student, just a worker, or just another blogger. But it’s wrong. Know right now, you’re never “just” anything. You are always a much treasured child of God.

Message for the Journey:

What if, instead of a best-seller, the most important thing you write is a note of encouragement? What if, instead of a stadium of fans, the most important audience you sing for is a crying baby? What if, instead of a case before the grand jury, the most important issue you argue is to win a lost soul to the kingdom? What if, instead of a multi-million dollar contract, the most important deal you close is your wedding vows?

God calls each of us to different work but all that are called are of equal value. The world defines success by status and power. God defines success by humble obedience. Ask God to align the dreams and desires of your heart with His plans for your life. It is not about our glory; it’s all about His.

– Ann Wilds

“Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”- 1 Thessalonians 2:4b