Author Archive for Anna Ruffner


The Strength of my Heart (Psalm 73:23-26)

Right now in my life, I find myself constantly battling to find fulfillment and joy in my relationships with people and in my circumstances instead of in my steadfast Savior. Each time I do this I feel miserable on the inside, and I feel completely unsatisfied. My patient Father always brings me back to the following scripture to remind me of His unfailing love and continual presence.

“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Who have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

-Psalm 73:23-26


Finally Free

A few nights ago, I attended a Jimmy Needham concert in Lexington, SC. I was so encouraged by the passion and genuine spirit of this man in his wholehearted pursuit of God. When he uttered the following monologue, tears came to my eyes because it was exactly what I have been going through lately in my own life. This monologue, “Not Without Love (Benediction)” can be found on his newest album, “Not Without Love.”

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August Rush: Accomplished but not Completed

On the Sunday rush to get home after unloading the trailer for the last time, I could not contain myself I was so excited. I can’t describe how I felt other than restless. Camp was finally over, and though it was a bittersweet ending with buckets of tears and snot on my end, it had ended so well. Our final week of camp was amazing. God definitely exceeded my expectations, He had really worked in my heart, and I was excited about what He had for me next.

Though it was hard to say good-bye to everyone, I was excited about what lay ahead, including my determination to keep in touch with them, make roadtrips, and that sort of thing. My sadness over this being the end, was crowded out by all the joy and anticipation of what is to come. It’s really hard to describe what emotions I was feeling, but I know that I’ve never felt such joy at the thought of change. I know that sounds like I was overly ready to get away from camp and from the fourteen people that i had been living with 24-7 for over 7 weeks, but that was definitely not the case. I was just excited about what had transpired, content with the way it ended, and ready for a new beginning.

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