Cup of Empowerment
August 19, 2019
It feels so good to sit back,  catch our breath and  savor a cup of empowerment   fro God's Word



Join us at Anna's Gate every Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm for 
worship and teaching!  Find out more about us at full of wonderful resources!

Donate                                                                         Events Calendar  

Light On My Feet
Lisa Antone 
Our Cup of Empowerment this week is by one of our Anna's Gate ladies, Lisa Antone.  She just taught a wonderful three-part series on walking in the prophetic that many of you watched on my Facebook page.  Her insights are practical but deep with truth as you will see in her article! Enjoy!  
-Dr. CarolMarie

     Some of us cringe when we hear "Step on the scale".  I don't know about you, but I hold my breath during those weighing moments. I don't want to add another ounce of weight to that number by taking in a breath of air. Waiting to exhale. Makes sense? Of course not. A habit that I got into years ago when the numbers on the scale started to go up.
     The last doctor's checkup was a pleasant surprise when the total poundage was less by three pounds. Yes! I'll take it. Give me a minute to enjoy. Then I hear that small voice interrupting the celebration going on in my mind, "Have you lost spiritual weight"? What? "How can I lose spiritual weight." The Lord went on to say, "You need to be at your best boxing weight".  Ahhhh, now I get it.  I need to be light on my feet as a Kingdom warrior. 

     What stops the "light on our feet" spiritual boxing moves? Negativity comes to mind. Our physical and spiritual frames were built to carry Matthew 11:30. "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." We were not made to walk under the heavy weight of negativity. Decisions made from negative emotions usually result in negative consequences, keeping us captive under the weight. The Lord, in His goodness, gave us an example of David's wisdom in knowing that he couldn't trust decisions made from negative emotions. Samuel 30:6 "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul (mind, will & emotion) of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; BUT David encouraged himself in The Lord His God".

     We don't always recognize negativity in our words because they can be a habit formed over a lifetime. I was surprised when I decided, after The Lord suggested, to be in tune or listen for negativity that I was speaking. It was everywhere. A constant influence on my thoughts and actions resulting in a lack of actions. How do I stop walking under the weight of negative thoughts and emotions? How do I break free of a lifetime struggle with going to the negative and not the positive? 

     The Lord showed me a picture of a young student writing on the chalkboard, line after line, the sentence, "I will not talk during class". Some of you are not old enough to remember the days of punishment by writing "I will not talk during class" a hundred or more times on the chalkboard. The number of times written usually increased with each violation. If my memory serves me correctly; I was no more than twice at the board. Sometimes accuracy can change with the passage of time. 

     I can see now that this type of punishment was an ingenious way of sending messages and planting seeds in the young pupil. The teacher was trying to impress on the pupil that he/she wanted them to benefit from listening to the knowledge being offered in the classroom while, at the same time, weeding out the negative and planting the positive. Hopefully, the lesson would serve the pupil for a lifetime. Doesn't this sound like our Lord and Savior. 

     I believe one lesson The Lord was showing me through that picture of a student writing on the chalkboard was to respect the position of The Lord as teacher. He knows what He's talking about. (John 5:19 "The Son can do nothing by himself, He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son does also".  The "talking in class" represented that I'm speaking my own words (negativity) that come from leaning on my own understanding (emotions). I saw the biggest lesson being REPETITION.  
     We can start speaking positive words over ourselves, children, dog, cat, fish, plants, bank account, car.  We can create a pleasant, positive environment where negativity cannot survive. I like to play lively Hebrew praise and worship music to set a "I want to get up and dance" atmosphere. Leave Christian music playing in your home while you are gone to keep the positive atmosphere set.
     Let's go to the gym for a workout in cycling! A recycling of our negative thoughts and words into positive, positive, positive!!! Sweat that negativity out of your system through repetition. Work toward the goal of being at your premium boxing weight. 

     The color of being light on your feet will look fabulous on you!!
-Lisa Antone

At Anna's Gate 2 pm EST prayer times every Tuesday, many are getting direction for their lives as the presence of God is so powerful!  If you are hungry for more of God, join us and then stay for our worship time with teaching following!

You can also s end your prayer requests to us and we will agree with you in this time of fresh discovery! We are all in Transition. Let's embrace it and submit to His plan and timing!  (

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 Av 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! 


We would also like to invite you to send us a brief testimony 
(written or filmed on your smart phone) 
of how God has used Anna's Gate 
to help you and to reach your realm of influence. 
Email it to: 
(Put "Testimony" on the subject line). 
If filmed, please make it only 1 to 2 minutes. 
We would love to hear from you!


Read what Jesus read on this week in History!
Check out the Torah Reading


Learn about the  Hebraic month.


When you make a purchase using A mazon Smile, a part of your purchase amount is given to support the work Anna's Gate does. We appreciate your using these businesses and in the process blessing Anna's Gate.

Click above image for details.


"I invite you to visit my personal Facebook page (CarolMarie Smith), where I post videos and insights open to the public that will help you continue to grow!  We also film and post the Tuesday meetings on Facebook that compliment what I share in our weekly Cup of Empowerment."
Stay Connected:
Anna's Gate International
6515 Clinton Highway Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37912