Anna Bradfield Writes

Discovering the extraordinary in everyday life

Prayer for the New Year

Lord, you have brought us through a year of triumphs and failures. Some of us have endured setbacks with health, while others’ physical vitality has surged ever higher. Some have celebrated marriages or welcomed new life into their families while others have suffered the pain of separation, divorce or death. Some have committed or recommitted […]

Uncomfortable Order

I like order. Surprised? I didn’t think you would be. As a child, I fantasized about owning my own grocery store. I figured I would be rich (i.e., hello! I own all the food in town!). I would also be able to play with all the buttons on the cash register, organize all the shelves, […]

Dad’s Christmas Gift

My father passed away in May of 2011, my mother 14 months before that. For many months after, I wandered, lost in this world that I thought I knew so well. I felt like an orphan. I was an orphan. My greatest advocates, my most avid supporters – the two people who brought me into […]

Settling

I was struck by a poignant quote that I had to share with you. When you hear it, don’t just gloss over it. Let it sink in. Close your eyes. Inhale it. Envision the words. Ready? Here it is: We accept the love we think we deserve. I learned that Stephen Chbosky penned this quote. […]

Who Serves Vegetables on Christmas Eve?!?

“Eat your vegetables! You’re not getting down until you finish.” I remember one Christmas Eve – I must have been four years old – when Mom used this line on me. We could open one present before bed, saving the rest for the next morning, but we had to finish supper first. Mom served peas […]

God’s Sovereignty: Believe it or Not

I have been reflecting a lot lately about the sovereignty of God, thanks to the politics of the day. Each morning I read, or rather listen to, the scripture: I go to biblegateway.com, find the verse of the day, expand it into a full chapter, and click on a button that commands a man to […]

The Complexity of a Sneeze

I was feeling kind of “punky” this week. I fought a sore throat for several days and finally woke up with a full-fledged cold, complete with body aches and fever. I was sneezing and coughing. My nose ran almost constantly. I laid flat on my back for hours at a time, almost unable to move. […]

Lessons from Mom and Dad

Had they lived to see the 8th of December this year, my mom and dad would have celebrated their 64th anniversary. As it is, they are much better off where they are. My mom can jump from cloud to cloud now without having to catch her breath, and my dad knows exactly what’s what. When […]

Stop the Insanity: Six Holiday Stress Managers

It was Black Friday, and the crowd was huge and getting antsy. A small man pushed his way to the front of the line, only to be shoved back. On his second try, he was picked up and thrown to the end of the line. On his third attempt, he was knocked to the ground, […]