Anita and Ben Wedding Photo

Wedding photo

Learning the Hard Way

I guess I must have been a rebellious teen. One day in exasperation, my mom said, “You always have to learn the hard way.” I think that’s true in my relationship with God. I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. Some of you may know what that is. I don’t go into life confidently. I see all the pitfalls in the way and I’m sure I can’t handle things. The truth is, I can’t, without God’s help.

Life Could be a Breeze                                      Accepted into Mende Tribe - Anita with a child

And yet, if I simply trusted Jesus to the level He asks me to, life would be a breeze. I would never worry or be anxious about anything. I would simply trust He’s in charge and His will is best for me. Resting in Him would make my life so much better!

I Must Focus on the Problem-Solver

But do I do this? Not to the level I want. I know I should not focus on the problem, but focus on the problem-solver, Jesus Christ. I must “fix my eyes on Jesus.” If only I did it perfectly!  Still, our spiritual lives are a journey….and I’m still on that journey.

I am thankful I have a merciful and forgiving Lord, – One who went all the way to the cross, “scorning its shame for the joy set before Him.” That Savior who now sits at the right hand of God is interceding for all the saints. Oh, trust Him, my weak faith!

I wish that perfect trust for all of you, dear sisters in brothers in Christ.                              Cross-Cultural Husband - Anita & Ben With Kids

Blessings on your journey!

Beyond Myself Book Cover by Author Anita Katherine DennisThe Farm Girl & the African Chief 

I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!