We just started a new series at Anthem House called, Fish out of Water. The heart behind the series is to equip and empower our community to better navigate the waters of drama. We've realized drama is not just a middle school nightmare, it's an everyday reality. Adults may not snap their latest drama, but they too have a way of getting their unmet needs met without asking. Avoiding drama is inevitable, which makes knowing how to navigate it, essential. I'm going to blog my w
It was early and cold for a fall morning, but the road called. I was training for a half marathon and had a five-mile run on my checklist for the day. I didn’t plan to turn. My run didn’t require it either, still, as I rounded the corner headed into mile four, I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit prompting me to turn left. Somewhat annoyed and definitely winded from the unexpected turn, I slowed my pace and made my way up the hill that now stood before me. What was God doing?
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2, NIV. It seems the enemy has mislead us a bit in our thinking. I meet so many people who dread e
There is no shame in admitting if there were an easier way for transformation we would take it. I actually wouldn't just take it, I would be the first in line for it. I don't even do Black Friday (the crowd stresses me) but I would Black Friday an easy button for transformation. It doesn't matter if it's my physical, mental, spiritual or emotional transformation. It's all hard and slow and at times can be down right annoying. I've been wrestling with transformation for a few
Hungry for something Jesus hadn’t eaten for forty days when Satan first approached Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread,” (Luke 4:3, niv.) The temptation was to reduce what He needed to mere physical substance. To believe the lie; I am what I have, instead of the truth; I have what I need. Had Jesus turned the stone to bread, He would have been operating out of the fear of not having enough, rather than trusting the truth, God is enough.
Jesus was unpredictable. As soon as the disciples thought they had figured it out, He would do something completely opposite leaving them with their mouths wide open. Who was this man that followed no system or sequence? Where did He find the freedom to be fully present and yet completely connected somewhere else all at the same time? Why wasn't He swayed by the power of the people? How did He so radically love and let go? Following His baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus was
You know what I love? I love being a mom of older kids. I mean I loved having babies. I loved snuggles and I loved it when my girls were little and wanted to wrap my hair around their fingers as they fell asleep. But now that they are a bit older, I don't just love them and the things they do - I like them. I really do. I get that the pre-teen, teenage years are hard. We aren't perfect, we definitely have our fair share of run-ins. But there are casual moments throughout our