You may be familiar with Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, the soft warm pretzels served around the world. What you likely don’t know is the story of Auntie Anne herself. The most we’ve ever cried during an Open Door Sisterhood interview, Anne Bieler’s humility and gratitude for God’s redemptive love is moving.
Having grown up in the Amish community of Pennsylvania, Anne learned to value family, faith, and hard work. However, she did not learn how to talk about her feelings. So when tragedy hit when she was a young mother, Anne didn’t know how to express her grief. The pain she experienced from the loss of a child changed her story.
Anne tells of the darkness she encountered during the years that followed and the redemption she experienced through confessing her secrets to her husband and receiving his love and acceptance. Her message of confession and the power of sharing our stories will leave you changed.
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Some things mentioned on the episode:
Anne’s new book: The Secret Lies Within: An Inside Out Look at Overcoming Trauma and Finding Purpose in the Pain
James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
“Life is hard. God is good. Don’t confuse the two.” -Dr. Richard Dobbins
“Alone we die. Connected we live.” -Dr. Richard Dobbins
“Sometimes I think we wait for God to do something, where all along he says, ‘I gave you the choice, I gave you the will. I want you to bring your deeds into the light. I want you to walk in the light as I am in the light.’”
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This story is an amazing story of God’s good redemption. Many tears shed as I listened. I pray the telling of Anne’s story will reach out to others trapped in secrets, abuse & pain to lead them out into God’s loving & forgiving arms.