Anne McDaniel

Anne McDaniel (a. k.a. Leah) is married to Patrick and has 4 grown children:  Meredith, Shelley, Allison, and Christian.  A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary with a degree in marriage and family therapy, she has worked in ministry in Florida, Utah, and California.  Since moving back to the Atlanta area, she has managed her home and a DMV office - if that doesn’t prepare you for life, nothing will!  Anne is convinced that God’s word is the be-all and end-all of her existence and is eager to see others fall in love with the Bible and the God who gave it to us.  Sipping tea in the mornings, watching the birds at the feeders, and experiencing life vicariously through her children are favorite pastimes.  You can find more of her writings on a variety of subjects on a Facebook page called, Well, if you ask Me.
Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River

As I watch the birds at my feeders this chilly December morning, I have a lovely sense of peace. The wrens, thrashers, bluebirds, woodpeckers, titmice, and towhees are enjoying the start of a new day. They feel no threat from the feral cats that roam the neighborhood,...

Eagerly Awaiting

Eagerly Awaiting

“AD-vent: a coming into place, view, or being; an arrival” (Dictionary.com). “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” (O Holy Night; A. C. Adam) Have you ever waited so long for something, you never thought it would...

There is No Peace!

There is No Peace!

Henry W. Longfellow, 1863 said, “I heard the bells on Christmas day, their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good will to men. And in despair, I bowed my head, “There is no peace on earth”, I said, “for hate is strong and...

Heavenly Peace

Heavenly Peace

Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright 'Round yon virgin Mother and Child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace   Silent night, holy night Son of God, oh, love's pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming...

Sweet Peace

Sweet Peace

Peter Bilhorn (1887) wrote, “Through Christ on the cross peace was made, my debt by His death was all paid; no other foundation is laid for peace, the gift of God’s love.  Peace, peace, sweet peace!  Wonderful gift from above!  O wonderful, wonderful peace!  Sweet...

Fullness

Fullness

“The quality or state of being filled completely;  possessing a richness or intensity” (Dictionary.com). We all know that feeling of being full, especially at the Thanksgiving table. You have that one last bite of pumpkin pie (we lived in Florida for a while, so ours...

It’s Only Words

It’s Only Words

“It's only words and words are all I have to take your heart away” (Barry and Maurice Gibb, 1969). “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” (Kinglake, 1830). Words have tremendous power. They can build up, or they can tear down. They can...

Road Signs

Road Signs

Daniel 9:13-14, “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.  The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for...

Being Good

Being Good

If I heard my momma say it once, I heard her say it a thousand times: “Be good!” It was as predictable as the sunrise. I, too, have said it over and over to my own children. No explanation was necessary. We understood those two little words. Be. Good. But why? Our...