Hi everyone! My name is Ann Cooke.

It has been a pleasure to be involved with Ask God Today Ministries.

How were you called to write?

I was called to write when Brenda McGraw asked me to write a page in her book, Joy Beyond, about finding joy beyond the circumstances of a diagnosis of MS for my husband, Mike.

I had been writing down several things God had impressed upon me in a journal and just keeping them for “just the right time.” Then when she asked me to join  the AGTM team I was delighted! God had spoken to me through a sermon at church about doing what you are called to do and I knew He was calling me to start a new chapter in my life; being a writer.

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My testimony:  


I was saved at eighteen. I grew up Catholic, but never realized why Jesus died on the cross. I didn’t understand about how He wanted a personal relationship with me. The first time I heard the Gospel preached I left the service not ever wanting to go back and saying “that man called me a sinner and I haven’t done anything wrong!” Well, needless to say, I did go back. God was drawing me to Him and about a month later I surrendered my life to Him.

I have never been the same!

What has really surprised me is how God can use someone - anyone- who lets Him. Click To Tweet

I never thought I would be used to teach God’s word for thirty eight years. Nor did I ever think I would ever be used to mentor girls in a pregnancy center and children at a youth ranch. I also realized that the strength to do this was His, not mine.

God gives me strength to talk about my faith and yes, even to be a writer!

What I enjoy about writing:

I enjoy writing because the written word gives the reader a chance to slow down and digest what they are reading, to listen to what God is really saying through the writer to their heart.

My favorite place to pray:

is on my deck in the early morning watching the sun come up and seeing nature react. I feel really close to God when I’m out there. It is so quiet and peaceful and that’s when God speaks to me, before the day begins.

How I am most challenged in my spiritual life?

I find that time management is the most challenging in my spiritual life. Life can just get in the way sometimes and I put too many things on my plate. Then I try to do things on my own. Definitely not a good idea.

What is my life verse?

My life verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We don’t have to worry about the past – they have passed away and we are made new to live this life for God with nothing holding us back. The next few verses in this passage tell us God has called us into the ministry of reconciliation. We are to be about the business of reconciling others to God, letting them know how much He loves them and wants to make their life new.

My question to you:

Have you been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ? Has there been a time when you surrendered your life to Him?

If not, please comment here and I will be glad to talk with you!

If you are in need of encouragement you can always reach me through AGTM.

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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