Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil

You may have noticed it’s been rather quiet here at Shalom Aleh. Bettie and I have been praying about the direction for Arise and Shine, just as we have throughout. The book has not followed the order we had set. Yes, man may make his plans, but it is God who orders our every step. And oh what a gift it’s been to see Him ordering our steps and taking the Word ever deeper into our hearts, as Bettie and I have waited upon Him here with you, at every turn.

Now, He has halted our plans. We know the Part He desires to start soon – Part 6: The Breath of God. But, He has made it clear that for that to happen, Anna must first complete another task He gave her long ago. That task will be her gift to you for the next ten days: a short book of 10 chapters.

If you have been following Bettie and Anna’s book Arise and Shine, you will recognize parts of this new book, but not all. As she shares this book with you, God has also asked her to be prepared for Him to work in her own heart in the editing and sharing. The irony hasn’t escaped Anna, as she prepares to go to hospital for various heart tests on the 22nd and 28th of this month. She would so appreciate your prayers also, as she prays for and with you these next 10 days.

Before Anna publishes the first chapter later today (Sunday), she would love to give you a taster of what is to come: the book proposal for Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil. I will add links to the prologue and chapters of the book at the end of this book proposal, as I publish them.

May God bless us all as He desires to through these next ten days together. May His Sword of Life breathe life into our lungs and awaken our hearts afresh to the beat of His perfect love for us all.

Book Proposal for Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil

Are you burdened in prayer for your adult Prodigal child or grandchild? Be uplifted and moved to celebrate the life of Jesus in your own and your loved ones’ lives, by a true story of a Prodigal returning home after more than twenty years on the run. 

Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil invites God to flame alive His Word in our grieving hearts. It invites Christ to break open fallow ground, that we might arise from our unbelief to see what Jesus sees.

Each chapter testifies to Christ’s saving and redeeming work and calls us into an acknowledgement and celebration of the life of Jesus at work in our loved ones’ lives and our own. For, even now, the train of Christ’s royal robe fills the Temple. It is finished. His work is done.

May God compel us through His living Word and testimony speaking through not just each chapter of this book, but through each chapter of our individual and woven together lives, to enter into His Sabbath rest. May we take ahold of His outstretched hand and run into the joy set before us. May the eyes of our hearts be opened to turn toward Him, to Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil, as He reveals His beautiful face to us.


We live in an age, where more and more of our young adults are turning their backs on the God of their childhood. Anna never thought she would become one of these many Prodigals. Privileged to grow up watching God’s love at work in her missionary parents, she loved her Savior with great passion. Anna even dreamed of one day following in her parents’ footsteps. But slowly, this passionate Jesus follower hardened her heart in sin and descended into more than twenty years of wandering in unbelief.

When God opened her eyes to a newborn faith, Anna began to pray for answers to her wayward turning. She couldn’t understand how she could have ever become so blind. But through Christ’s words to Peter, God turned Anna’s prayerful questioning upside down. 

He led her to stop praying for answers explaining her turning away. He invited her to instead open her eyes to see His sovereign hand upon her life and His perfecting work in her weakness. He asked her to look for His Presence with her, at every point of her journey: to see His face reflected in her own and in those He had set before her.

God showed Anna that, just as with Peter, her sifting like wheat was ordained by Him to humble her and prepare her for His calling upon her life. All along He was leading her into His death and resurrection. God was busily giving Anna concrete evidence for His promise to us all, that He remains faithful in our faithlessness because “he cannot deny himself” in us (2 Timothy 2:13 ESV), a testimony He birthed in her, not to hoard, but share with you.

This devotional walks you through Anna’s voyage of discovery, as God opens her eyes to Celebrate Jesus at work in her, and in her loved ones. At the end of each chapter, Anna invites you to join her in sitting with a short portion of Scripture.

Come lay your burdens at the feet of Jesus, together with Anna, and listen for His personal Word to you, that you might arise refreshed and renewed in Him. May God open our eyes to see and celebrate our Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filling the temple! May God lift the veil hiding Christ’s beautiful face, as we turn toward Him to celebrate the finished work of the Cross.


Parents (40 years old +) and grandparents of adult Prodigals.


I felt the need to write this book after I watched God fill parents and grandparents of Prodigals with such hope through my testimony. But also in response to my own experiences of interceding for loved ones, together with parents and grandparents God wove into my life and heart, some for a season, others for longer. 

I watched as one mother’s eyes filled with tears of hope, as she began to see her Prodigal son in my story. I marveled at the memories God began to recover in many other parents and grandparents, who began to see the fingerprints of Jesus, where they hadn’t noticed them before. 

I saw Jesus reminding us all, through His hand upon my own life, that “No one comes to the Father except through” Him (John 14:6 ESV). And that “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 ESV). 

My testimony reminded parents and grandparents that Christ honors our drawing near as children in response to His calling. For, like He did for Peter, who recognized Jesus as his Messiah before his three denials, because the Father revealed it to him, our LORD prayed for each one of us, even before the enemy began to sift us like wheat. 

As parents and grandparents shared their own stories with me, and I shared my own story with them, we witnessed the LORD lifting our burdens. As our cries and tears have mingled with the Word of God speaking through each other, they have begun to rise as incense in praise and worship flowing from our hearts and lips. 

This book responds to a very specific call God gave me almost exactly five years ago at the YWAM base in Burtigny, Switzerland at Mary DeMuth’s writer intensive. The writing of this book has been Christ’s long and patient labor of love, as He has interceded in me, through me and for me (also through the grandmothers and mothers I met) to flame alive His Word in my heart. For, He has been faithful to the repeated prayer He has compelled me to pray: “Father let me not just pen the words, but live them.”

I now invite you, wherever you are in the world, to join me to Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil. May praise pour forth from our lips, as we each bow low before the LORD our God in trembling awe of His goodness.

Jesus be glorified in us all! Oh how we love You!

I will add links to the prologue and chapters of the book, as I publish them below:

Prologue: Never Stop Praying

Chapter 1: That We Might Live

Chapter 2: That We Might Hear

Chapter 3: That We Might Become One

Chapter 4: That We Might Acknowledge Christ Before Man

Chapter 5: That We Might Receive Jesus

Chapter 6: That We Might Become His Compassion

Chapter 7: That We Might Present Our Bodies as a Living Sacrifice, Holy and Acceptable unto God

Chapter 8: That We Might Shine Brightly

Chapter 9: That We Might Be Born Again

Chapter 10: That We Might Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil

3 thoughts on “Celebrate Jesus and Lift the Veil

  1. Bettie G September 12, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    Oh, Anna, I so look forward to reading along with you here, and being encouraged to see God’s faithfulness. May we celebrate Jesus with you, and allow Him to lift the veil over our hearts too!

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  2. Bettie G September 12, 2021 / 5:22 pm

    And I am praying for you as you face those difficult tests for your heart! May Jesus prepare the way and lift the veil even in that, for precious care of your whole body, soul, and spirit.

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    • Anna Smit September 12, 2021 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Bettie. Yes: I sense God wanting to lift the veil off my own heart also, as I edit and share. Love you xoxo

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