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Meet Anne Mackie Morelli
Please start by telling us a little about yourself.
My husband, Claudio, and I have been married for 42 years. We have three grown sons, all married, and two grandsons. I have a teaching degree, a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. For most of my professional career I was an educator, counsellor, and administrator in the high school setting. When I transitioned out of education a few years ago,I became the Women’s Pastor at our local church for two years.
But then I felt called to return to university and enrolled in a seminary. I had never imagined that I would return to university, especially because I was now 60 years old! But despite my initial uncertainty, I love my studies and am about half-way through a Masters Degree in Christian Studies.
List three favorites.
- Because I am a lifelong learner I love to read and engage thoughtful discussions.
- I enjoy daily walks through the peaceful, cedar woods that surround my community.
- I treasure time spent with my family.
List one unique fact about you.
I was a competitive runner from my late teens until my mid-twenties as I competed for Canada on the Canadian National and Olympic track teams.
Anne Mackie Morelli’s Blog
Tell us about your blog/ministry?
I started my current blog, The Stones Call, about 5 years ago. The title stems from Luke 19:40, where the Pharisees told Jesus to silence his disciples because they were worshiping too loudly. Jesus responded by saying that even if they kept quiet the very stones would continue to call out in worship. I love this quote because it reminds us that regardless of what happens – all of creation will continue to joyfully worship Jesus. My blog focuses on faith, leadership, and inspiration.
Have you created a special gift for subscribers or written a book?
For my current seminary class, an OT course focusing on the Book of Job, I am writing a Bible study that focuses on what Job can teach us about suffering.
Anne Mackie Morelli’s Spiritual Growth
What Bible character has influenced your life the most?
I am fascinated by all the female Biblical characters and what they can teach us. I particularly admire Abigail, Mary, and Ruth.
Describe a significant time in your life and how God carried you through.
Recently my family and I began to emerge from a winter season where we had experienced a series of major losses. Throughout this period, even in the midst of the most intense suffering, God was our great provider and protector.
Wisdom from Anne Mackie Morelli
What advice would you give a new convert?
I would encourage a new convert to read the Bible and get connected to a small group. I would also encourage them to be inquisitive, asking lots of questions so he or she can build a solid foundation on accurate theology.
How do you keep your Daily Time with God regular?
Early mornings are best for me. I read the Bible and work through a devotional. Right now I am working through 1 Kings and using Paul Tripp’s, “New Morning Mercies”, as my devotional.
How do you think we best need to respond to criticism?
Rather than become defensive, we should be curious and ask questions so we be sure we understand what it is they are trying to communicate. Then taking the time to sift through their comments – keeping only what is accurate feedback so there is the possibility to learn from it. But then quickly dispensing with criticism that is untrue and unworthy.
Any other words of wisdom you’d like to share?
We are called to love – to love God, love others, and love ourselves. Our ability to generously love will be one of the most profound ways we can witness to others about our amazing God.
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