There are many things in life that I cannot remember, but I still remember where I was 10 years ago on 9/11 in 2011 when this horrible terrorist attack occurred.

I was living in Newcastle, NSW and was in bed asleep. I then received a phone call from my mum at around 11.20pm that night on 9/11/2001.

Mum shouted through the phone for me to turn the TV on, which I did immediately.

I was then shocked as, within a few seconds of turning the television on, I saw on live TV the second plane fly straight into the second tower of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York.

My eyes were glued to the television as I stared in disbelief and horror at what was unfolding, live on the other side of the world.

My heart was breaking for these many thousands of people who were running, screaming, and trying to live, with flames burning above them in both towers of the twin tower buildings.

I was horrified as I saw people leaping from the 2 towers as they saw no way for survival and wanted to get away from the heat and flames that were engulfing the building that they were in.

Families and lives were being destroyed and there was nothing that I could do, but watch on in terror and pray for mercy for these people.

I could not go back to bed, I stayed up hoping that there would be good news and that people would be rescued and families brought back together.

Within a short time, I saw, again on live TV, the tower that was hit second fall to the ground in plumes of dust. The horror that I had felt before this shrunk in the realization that now many, many more lives were being destroyed than I had even considered previously!

As I continued to watch, I saw the tower that had been struck by the first plan also plummet to the ground, just as the first one had.

Now there were so many people running and screaming through the streets of New York. Many of them looked like aliens, covered in the thick dust that filled the air around ground zero!

The scenes were like something out of a sci-fi movie, but what was so horrifying was to realize that these were real lives that were, at that moment, being destroyed.

Aftermath…
In the hours and days that followed I watched, with many thousands of others worldwide, in hope that survivors would be found. As the days went by without finding people still alive, the huge scale of this tragedy began to become clearer!

Children Left Behind
As months went by then I learned of the many women who were pregnant and gave birth to precious little ones, who would never know their dads.

Families were destroyed that day and I have to ask why.

As well as the attacks in New York there are also those who lost their lives on the United Airlines Flight 93 plane that crashed in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought with the terrorists for control of the plane. Then the attack in Washington D.C. was another part of this whole very sad day when flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people.

There is so much that I do not understand about humanity and so much that I don’t understand about this day in particular!

  • Why did it even happen?
  • Why were lives and families destroyed?
  • What did it gain anyone?

I still do not know any of these answers.

All I can say is that I hope we can take a moment to remember the many thousands who lost their lives and those who they left behind.

  • Let us take a stand together and from this moment on commit to placing Value upon those around us.
  • Let’s commit to telling those we care about how we feel, as we never know which day will be our last on this earth.
  • Let’s learn from this awful tragedy the importance of every day that we have on this earth and let us commit to making the world a better place for our children and future generations!

God’s Presence Comforts Each One Who Allows Him To

I know, beyond all doubt, that our Lord God was there that awful day with each one! And over these past 10 years, He has continued to be with each family member and friend who lost loved ones.

Here is a short video clip showing graphic images from 9/11/2001. Watching this video and hearing the man’s voice speaking as God, I wept. God was with each of those ones in the Twin Towers and in the planes and is still with the families who were left behind.

God is with each of those young children who never got to meet their daddies!

Watch this video and let His Holy Spirit touch and speak to your own spirit.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Leanne Annett <><

My Bucket List 2011

My Bucket List 2011I just got home from the funeral of a dear friend. He was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in January 2011 and then passed away on the weekend. The funeral was a celebration of his life and it got me to thinking.

There are so many things that I want to do in my life and with my life. Yet each year passes by and many things remain undone.

So I am going to write them down here. Then I can update you and write new posts when I complete some of these items on my bucket list.

I would love to know that when I came to the end of my life that I had made a difference in some way in the lives of others.

I would also love to know that I had lived my dreams and done many of the things that I wanted to do.

There are a few regrets that I already have in my life. I want to make a decision to not be ruled by these or to allow my life to be limited by them.

Sometimes in life we can change things and other times we can’t. When it comes to relationships with others we can only do so much, the rest is in the hands of the other person.

So here are some things that I want to do in my life and I set up heart to achieving these over the coming months and (God willing) years.

12-Month Bucket List

  • Visit my uncle and auntie in Melbourne.
  • Go on a family holiday with my 2 kids and husband.
  • Fly to New Zealand with my husband and kids for holiday.
  • See my mum settled in a nice place to live.
  • Share something of my life with others to encourage and empower them.

Five-Year Bucket List

  • Take my husband and kids back to Israel for a 2-month holiday to visit friends and see where we used to live.
  • Ride a camel on the beach at sunset or sunrise.
  • Go in a hot air balloon in 3 different countries.
  • Go on an Alaskan cruise.
  • Take my mum on a cruise.
  • Travel around Australia for 6 months in a camper van.
  • Take Greg’s mum on holiday to Vanuatu to where she used to live.
  • Remove all of the clutter and mess from our home.
  • Move into a nice home with space inside to organize things and at least half an acre of land.
  • Grow a lovely herb garden.
  • Go horse riding more than once!
  • Be able to travel and work online at the same time.

I am sure that this list will grow and change over time. I want to be able to update the list and I will do this through the “Bucket List” category on this website.

I wish you all of the very best with your own bucket list and in seeing your own desires and dreams fulfilled.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend,

Leanne Annett <><

A Fairy Tale, The Beginnings

Princess Daughter of the KingOnce upon a time, there was a poor young girl. She did not have a lot of fancy clothes or possessions like many of those around her, but she lived in large family and had a happy life.

In fact, she was the eldest of six children.

Each weekday she happily went to school and did her best to do well. She loved it when she got good grades and the teachers told her, “Well Done!” Somehow those words empowered her to keep going and put in more effort to continue doing well.

This young girl loved her family and always wanted to bless them. She loved her mum and dad.

She also loved her four younger brothers and baby sister, even though she did not really always know how to show them her love. Something that she wishes she could change.

This young girl grew up and celebrated her 18th birthday. She only had two months left at school and then the whole world was before her. What was she going to do with her life?

She was seeking to find the answer to that question. She thought that perhaps she might join the defence forces and have a career as an officer and serve her nation.

Then 11 days after her eighteenth birthday something happened. She was touched by her Creator and gave Him her heart. She dedicated herself and her life to His service. She was changed at this point in time from a poor young lady to the Daughter of the King. She was now a Princess.

Over the coming weeks as this young woman sought her Abba for direction for her life and future she felt that the armed forces was not the way that He wanted her to go.

Princess DollIn fact, within a short time of surrendering her heart to her Lord, she was introduced to the People that He treasures above all. The ones He first placed His trust in to show Him to the rest of the world.

He placed such a deep love in this young person’s heart for His people that she began to learn about them. She studied and found out more about this nation on the opposite side of the world.

During this same time she also enrolled in College and studied hard. But it was a struggle. She found the different style of teaching at college as compared to school to be quite difficult to master and so she struggled along doing okay, but not that well. It was a hard time.

After two and a half years of studying hard at college this young princess felt her Abba speak to her and tell her that the following year she was to take a year off from her studies and go over to the other side of the world and spend the year with her Creator’s treasured nation.

She began planning and was amazed at how everything fell into place. A contact person was found who could set her up with some work experience for her college course. This was a great first step.

Money came in to purchase the plane tickets and then enough to keep her going for the full year. It was amazing how this young princess was blessed with all that she needed.

She completed her third year at college and then packed for her first ever trip overseas.

This princess’ story will continue next time.

Use What is in Your Hand

What is in My HandA week ago I went to a ladies’ evening at my church and one of the leaders, Jeanette Whiting, gave a message about each of us using whatever it is that we have in our hands.

Jeanette talked about the parable of the talents in the Bible in Matthew chapter 25 verses 14-30.

One of the questions that Jeanette asked was, “Do you know anyone who has lots of gifts? Someone that has received 5 talents?”

Do you know someone who can sing, dance, speak and do just about anything?

Well, I see many people around me like that. And when I look at them I ask so where are the gifts and talents that I have? What am I able to do in life to bless others? What is my purpose on this earth?

Honestly, I still do not know the answer totally to these questions?

Using What I Have in My Hands to Bless OthersI look at my life so far and wonder what I have been put on earth for. I honestly do not see gifts or things that I am good at to be able to do much in the earth.

So where do I go from here?

I do know that I have a burning passion to empower others, both locally in Australia and around the world, to live life to the full and to be all that they can be. So what does that mean and how can I step into this and see this desire fulfilled?

Without me clearly being able to see any specific gifts that I have or anything that I am obviously good at then what can I really do to make a difference in the lives of others?

Jeanette’s message got me thinking. And even though I do not see myself as a person who has been given 5 talents or even 2 talents, there are a couple of things that I enjoy doing and, as mentioned above, am passionate about.

So I want to use the little that I currently have in my hands and start here.

I love to write. I have always been much better at expressing myself in writing than in words face-to-face with others. I often become tongue-tied and feel stupid when talking to others in person. I feel like others think I am stupid because I struggle to find the words to say and often stutter or say that wrong word.

My husband and kids are used to me and interpret what I mean to say without judging me, but others, I believe, wonder what is wrong with me.

So having said all of that, I want to take my love of writing and use this to see my desire to bless and empower others fulfilled.

One of the things that I enjoy doing is traveling, whether locally, interstate or even internationally. I love to document these trips and write about them.

Currently, I have a travel blog website that I am updating with written articles, photos and videos from the holidays. I love doing this. I guess this is not fulfilling my desire to bless others, but it is fulfilling my desire to write and I hope is providing useful information to those who read my blog.

I then have this blog where I am documenting my own journey. I hope too that this blog can touch the lives of those who visit it.

I am also passionate about seeing sex-slaves and others set free from the bondage of physical or emotional slavery, which is certainly a huge problem in the world today. So another of my blogs is my Make a Difference in your World website.

So as little as this is, I am making a Commitment now to Take and Use what I have in my hands, my love of writing and my desire to Empower others. And through the medium of my websites and blogs to touch the lives of others.

If My articles, photos, videos can bless or speak to someone and empower them in whatever they are going through in their life then my own life has not been in vain!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

I wish you Every Success in All areas of your life!

Your Friend,

Leanne Annett <><

Why I Call God, Abba

Child Lifted Up By His FatherBack in October 1983 I dedicated my life to the Lord and asked Jesus to be the Lord and Saviour of my life.

Since the date almost thirty years ago, it certainly has been a journey with its ups and downs. But regardless of what happened in my life, God proved Himself Faithful over and over again many times.

So why do I call Him, Abba?

That is good question.

Why not just call Him, Father or God or Lord as many do?

I guess that my 10 years of living in Israel is the basis for me using Abba in my prayers and when I talk to and about the Lord.

The Hebrew word “Abba” literally means “Daddy” or “Dad”. It is less formal than the word “Av” meaning Father.

During my ten years living in the land of Israel, I heard, on almost a daily basis, children call their dad, “Abba”. It is used by young children as well as older kids and even adults when talking to their dad.

Baby Totally Trust His or Her Daddy or MummySomehow this word touched my heart and connected with me. When I pray and talk to the Lord I use Abba in almost all my prayers.

I know that my Abba loves me with an Everlasting and Unconditional love. I also believe with my whole heart that He is blessed Himself and even smiles when I call Him Abba.

It is like He knows that I have had a revelation that I am His Precious, Beautiful Princess, His Daughter and He is pleased that I know He is my Abba.

Jesus uses the Hebrew (and Aramaic) word “Abba” in the Garden of Gethsemane as shown in Mark 14:36.

It is interesting to see that some people on the Internet are saying that “Abba” does not mean “Daddy”, but rather just “Father”. But even these people end up saying that in modern Hebrew the word “Abba” does mean “Daddy”.

To me I still believe that it is a term of endearment to my Heavenly Father. He is my Abba, just like the fathers in Israel today are “Abba” to their kids.

I will be using “Abba” when I refer to God sometimes in future blog posts and wanted you to know why I was doing that.

I would love to hear any thoughts or comments that you may have. So please leave any comment that you may have below. I will check the comments that are left here on a regular basis.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and Success,

Leanne  :-)