Cup of Empowerment
December 31, 2018
It feels so good to sit back,  catch our breath and  savor a cup of empowerment   fro God's Word



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School of the Prophets with Jeremy Caris
January 4th, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm

SAVE THE DATE!  February 16th, 2019 is our Widows and Friends "He's my Valentine" Celebration at Rothchilds!  To sponsor a table please call the office at 865-803-5445! 

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Cement In My Mouth!
Dr. CarolMarie

My sister, Shirley, recently walked into the room where I was sitting and handed a sucker to me.  "Here, put this in your mouth, it's ce-ment" I heard her say.  "It's cement?  Are you wanting my mouth to stay shut?"  With that, she nodded as she began to laugh!  Looking at the sucker from See's Candy, the label read See's Mint!  We both began to laugh!  Over the years as we grew up, I bet there were many times she wished cement was in my mouth!  It seemed I always just said things that popped into my head, where Shirley thought it out before speaking so what she said was worth listening to!  I am so glad I've been learning over the years to let the "law of kindness" filter my words!  There are times I still wonder, "Where did that come from" as the words I say sound harsh and not at all what I feel.  I need cement!

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and upon her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:26

Mom and Shirley came to Tennessee this year for Christmas and for the special celebration we had at Anna's Gate for the widows and prayer warriors!  It was so sweet as we met each morning for coffee in my new home God provided and had times of prayer!  In our sharing times, Mom would remind us of things that happened when we were kids.  It seems I always had the knack of convincing my little sister with my words!  We recalled times when we traveled from Colorado to Wyoming to see my Great grandmother.  There was a little shop in a town we would always go into which carried candied and caramel apples along with their frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and nuts!  Oh, it was such torture to decide between the caramel apple and the amazing frozen banana. It was so hard to decide which to pick!  Shirley remembers well when I talked her into getting the other one with full intentions to help her eat it too! Wisdom was in her mouth for she would negotiate a deal I usually was willing to agree to!

As widows, my mom, sister and I each use our words to share life with others now.  God certainly hears the cry of the fatherless and the widow!  (Ex 22:23)

As we prepare for 2019 let's determine to let wisdom and kindness rule all we say and do!  Daily, let's yield our tongues to the Lord as we align with our assignments The Lord has for us to do!  At Anna's Gate, we love to empower one another with kind words and agreeing with what God says about us and others.  We empower widows in other areas as well through teachings on the Internet.  In India, we have provided sewing machines to help widows learn a trade while learning the Word of God.  The widows sew for the fatherless in the Children homes connected to the ministry we work with.  In Israel, widows pray and play the harp which Anna's Gate has provided to them in order to establish righteousness on their borders!  Our trainer, Peggy, teaches and encourages them from here via Internet and videos.  It's exciting to see God use amazing means to change lives!  (Read about these outreaches on  

This coming February 16th(check out this link to see what kind of fun we have here )we will have our annual Valentines party for widows of the region.  It is a highlight for so very many as holidays seem to be the hardest to deal with when you are alone. They will discover God as their Husband and their special place in Him! Please consider sponsoring a table for $300 (or half a table) so that the ladies can attend.  We will feature you, your business or organization for the ladies to pray over in the months ahead as their "thank you".  (Contact our office for more details or give online under "donate" to participate.  Put "table sponsor" under prayer request to designate.) 

As we start off this new year, your gifts of kindness help us empower widows around the world.  Monthly partnerships are so appreciated and are pure religion (James 1:27) for Anna's Gate cares for the fatherless and the widow!  We don't want to give cement but life-giving words of Hope and Empowerment!  (We don't just give them the fish, we teach them how to fish and help others!)  Thank you for making a difference!

Be sure to read the Torah portions below that Jesus read during this time in history!  There is always something that relates to us in our place in history now!  That's so amazing to me!

Find out more about the month of Tevet on our website . Please email us your area of passion and the skill you desire to be developed so that we can agree with you in prayer!  ( )  This is your time to excel into your greater potential!


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