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Small Starts to Surrender

It doesn’t have to be big to make an impact! My “Anything” story started 4 days ago when I prayed the prayer, “God, I want to do anything for You. Please show me how. ” The next day in church my pastor called an unexpected 3-day church-wide fast, and I knew God had heard me! He spoke through one of our ministers that we must see trials as opportunities, and immediately the tests began. On the second day of the fast, that I now call my “Anything Fast”, I cried my way through what would have been lunch, locked away in an empty office, because… Read more »

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Musically Yours

“Pray with my piano students??? Really God???” I sat during the evening service, listening as our church commissioned a young couple to the mission field. The testimony of the young mom, clearly surrendering herself, family and dreams to the Lord in the midst of fear, yielding to obedience, and my heart began to raise the question I knew God had been asking of me for several weeks. I’m a piano teacher, and I have 15 fabulous piano students from all backgrounds …. but over the summer as the fall was approaching, I clearly felt God leading me to off prayer at piano lessons – yes,… Read more »

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When Saying “Anything” Ushers in Suffering

A little more than a year ago, God started tugging on our hearts and showing us that our circle of people really did not include anyone who wasn’t saved. He especially was working on my husband Clint, who’d worked gratefully for a Christian missionary organization for eight years. We had no reason to step away from that career, except that God began to tell us to. He asked my husband, Clint, to leave and begin at a job that was brand-new to him. The risks were many — income would not be guaranteed until he successfully reached a big goal, one that typically was reached… Read more »

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An Unlikely Candidate Part II : My Hard Obedience

It was fall of 2012 when I met Surrender. I held no interest or much regard for her until our moment together. I think some are wired to naturally obey, quickened to compliance, but that’s not me. A bucker of constraints and anything that feels restricted or controlled, that is me. Yeah, I’m not about it. But she found me broken and defeated as her reputation proves, and I had no fight left within me. I was at a low point and desperately needed help. I needed the in my weakness He is strong verse to really make some noise, because my weaknesses were peaking… Read more »

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Anything!

Anything! Those are some big words for a college student to say. Though I have prayed the prayer before and reaped amazing outcomes this time was much different. This time God showed me that even though I was thinking that I was willing to give up everything there was always that one aspect that I still clung too. It was not until God rocked my world that I realized what I was holding on to…TRUST! Trust that God will come through no matter what I think. Trust to give him my entire life. Trust to know His plan is always greater than I can imagine…. Read more »

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I am not a Worship Leader

Up until the morning of Vacation Bible School two weeks ago, I couldn’t bring myself to put my name on the slot for “Worship Leader” at the opening/closing sessions for VBS. In fact, I told God, “I can’t do that. I DON’T do that.” I guess I realized that morning that no one was going to step in and rescue me from the role. Reluctantly, I wrote in my name. Don’t get me wrong. I loved training the teens in the Street Crew! Dreaming, organizing, and even choreographing fit me. Putting on the headset mic and taking the stage with teenagers-that was the hard part…. Read more »

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Anything for Heaven

My name is Casey Siegrist and I met Ashley Opliger in November of 2014, after her daughter, Bridget, was buried next to my son, Jack. At the time, I knew we would be wonderful support for each other. We began to walk the journey of grieving and healing together and quickly became wonderful friends. In December, we got together and decorated Christmas trees at the graves for our babies’ first Christmas in Heaven. It was such a beautiful sight to see their Christmas trees twinkling from the solar powered lights we put on them. We knew Jack and Bridget were looking down on their mommies… Read more »

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Ashley’s Anything

No no no. Ashley was supposed to be snuggling her living, breathing, crying daughter. Not this. This was the hardest session I’ve photographed to date. I met this sweet family through a mutual friend and was honored to be their birth photographer. After some complications and early delivery their daughter, Bridget, was called to Heaven too early. Some (or most) would be continuously grieving, angry, and even questioning God. Not this momma. She hit bottom and cried out to God. “I’ll give you ANYTHING” When I walked in with my camera, I was a bit nervous to see her. I had never seen a stillborn… Read more »

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My Anything Story

“Before praying, I had been living so stuck… so numb… so screwed up and broken. I had a thousand minor problems, and everyone know it too. I wanted to be fixed & healed, and I read all the books and followed all the steps and quite honestly, I was more stuck and broken than before.” -Jennie For years this was my story. I began following Jesus in high school after ending a longterm abusive relationship. I had hit my rock bottom. I was battered, bruised, heartbroken and didn’t seen much point to living any more. My whole life plan crumbled when I left that mean… Read more »

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But I Want YOU Most

It’s SO raw…SO unpolished…but sent in OBEDIENCE this day. For Lord whispered yet again, “Write Your Story”…turns out that even means the chapters you don’t want to write… One month, one day and two hours ago, a short phone call brought three words I prayed I’d never hear…”It. Is. Cancer.” But something in me already knew. In that 48-hour wait between biopsy and phone call, the Lord had already been preparing me. First, a movie picked by the kids…where the mom had passed away with cancer. Then researching my essential oil guide for ‘hematoma’, my book fell open to ‘cancer, breast’ instead. Then just an… Read more »

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Anything, But Not Anywhere

When I chose Anything for my online summer Bible study, I already had an idea of what my “anything” was and, in spite of the fact that I didn’t want to face it, the timing was too appropriate to ignore it. Without hesitation, I registered, ordered the book, and dug in. In just the first few weeks, I have wrestled, cried, talked to God about my anger, reluctance and fears, cried some more, and my heart is still not fully open to what God is calling me to in this season of my life. When I’m thinking rightly, I am certain that God knows what… Read more »

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This Is Not My Story It Is HIS Story

I have always been a girl who likes control. I can still remember being a little girl and organizing and cleaning my room just so. Everything had a place and I liked it that way. So, when my parents announced that they were going to get a divorce that control piece was thrown for a loop as I could not control this. This was a painful and ugly situation that I was seeing happen to my family. I know now as a parent that my parents did the best they could in their situation, but unfortunately there was serious damage done. And for me that… Read more »

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My “ah ha” Anything Moment

Have you seen the Mutual of Omaha “ah -ha” moment commercials? They are hilarious. The marketing department really hit the ball out of the park with these ads; simple little things that make a huge impact on your life and yet no one has thought of them until all of a sudden someone has an “ah-ha” moment and an idea or thought is born. I think God absolutely loves our “ah-ha” moments, when we get a glimpse of His greater plan, when we consider His ways, when we realize that ANYTHING is possible with Him and that then He can be glorified though our actions…. Read more »

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Abide in Him

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4 Winter A season that is often cold, dark and long and often feels like a season that bears no fruit. This past winter was definitely a literal winter for me in more than one sense. I felt a distance from the Lord that I haven’t felt in years really. And I didn’t understand why. I had come off of an amazing experience of feeling God’s presence when I shared my testimony and then… Read more »

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The Lord is My Husband

“For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:5 Lord, this valley is hard. But, You have been helping me step out of me. Out of my control. Out of the pain and hurt and pressure that I am putting on myself. No one else but me. And being lonely and wanting that loneliness to be filled. But, I know that I don’t want it filled by anyone, but by You. You have given me everything. Everything. EVERYTHING. But, I forget… Read more »

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Where My True Worth Comes From

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 The Lord has been teaching me so much about understanding where my worth comes from lately. He has seen me struggling with putting my worth on things that are not of Him. But, of the world. Because we… Read more »

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Opening The Door to Surrender

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Surrender. It comes in so many forms and in so many ways. I thought it was a one time choice. A one time thing. But its not. It is a daily choice. An hourly choice. A minute by minute choice. This surrender is so much harder than I thought. My first full step into surrender was last May after reading a book that called me out to truly give the Lord my life. Not parts. Not… Read more »

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Open Up Let The Light In

“Open up let the light in” Music has always been a way that the Lord has spoken to me and this morning was no exception. A beautiful song called “Open up let the light in” by Steffany Gretzinger came on my phone and just hit me hard. The song is literally just those words over and over again. But, they are so powerful. Especially this morning as God has been showing me things with this theme of light. “Open up let the light in” I was listening to a podcast of a writer and speaker named Renee Swope and she shared of how she struggles,… Read more »

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Starting My New Path of Purpose

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 The Lord has been working on me now for months about this subject of purpose. Really for years. And I feel like He just gave me an Aha moment tonight. One of those moments that just make you stop in your tracks. And think. Think back on all of your life and how all of it starts to fit together. Something that you have never seen before even though now it seems so obvious…. Read more »

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God as My Provider

“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:23-24 Provider. A word that I never truly believed that the Lord would be for me. I thought that God works in certain areas of our lives and this was one that He just doesn’t work in. But I was putting God in… Read more »