Tell us about your friend, family member, or neighbor who has given up everything, and is living a life fully surrendered to God. Share their story on Facebook, Instagram, or your blog using the hashtag #anythingproject, or submit your story here!
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Strengthened by Grace

My Anything by Kelly White Honestly, I’m not sure when my “anything” began and as I write, it is very much in process. As is God’s way, He was working in me and my family long before I acknowledged Him. I think things through in pictures, and for me, His working has been like a peeling back of layers; not so much the unraveling of myself as a revealing of Himself. Kind of like sitting in the optometrist’s chair peering through the myriad lenses until you can see the letters clearly. Sure, you may have been able to make out a fuzzy “E,” distinguish it… Read more »

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Through Anything, I have found my Everything

Flopping ourselves onto my bed, my sister and I gushed with dreams and plans. Just moments before, we had held hands and tiptoed into the bathroom to read the results together…my home pregnancy test was positive! Kristina and I were both pregnant and our due dates were just 2 weeks apart! We laughed and talked and planned out our pregnancies together that morning. Months later our ultrasounds displayed more exciting news…boys! We were both having boys! We had everything! Two little boy cousins who would grow up together, get into mischief and steal their momma & auntie’s hearts. At 39 weeks, my sister’s emergency C-section… Read more »

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The Undeserved Favor of Anything

I almost didn’t write this down. After all, my anything isn’t flashy or impressive. It’s not even really outwardly visible. But when God tells you to love boldly by sharing your story, you obey. So here goes…my anything prayer was actually a few months ago, before I even knew who Jennie Allen was. But it began years ago. I was raised in a Christian home and was always a “good girl.” I went to college, did some ministry, and then attended seminary where I met my husband. But through my whole life, I never really felt usable. I would dream of being up front, of… Read more »

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The Opportunity Within

My anything story peaked as I heard the words rolling off my husbands tongue. “They are thinking about planting a church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and want us to pastor it.” Immediately my heart was pounding, my breath was caught in my throat, and my mind began racing. Plant a church in Rio Rancho. Uproot our four sweet babes. Leave my friends, my husband’s widow mother, our LifeGroup, the church campus we hold so dear, our homeschool community, our home. Leave it all…to plant a church…in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Over the next few days I prayed and I processed. I thought through all… Read more »

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My Anything Story

You asked the question, “What is your anything?” Let me answer as I tell you where I was the day I heard about a study called Anything. My Anything happened on a warm, sunny, summer day. A pile of dirty dishes stared back at me from the kitchen sink. A melody played on the radio nearby. I turned it off. I was tired of songs, yet tired of silence too. Tired of thinking…and praying, honestly, for my prayers were not being answered the way I expected. Instead of spiraling in my emotions, I called a friend. My closest one. The one I can not talk… Read more »

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[N]unbelievable Surrender

I’ve always thought I’d make a really great nun. No, seriously. I’ve got three dream jobs: a permanent cast member on SNL, a criminal profiler for the Behavior Analysis Unit of the FBI (thank you, Criminal Minds) and a nun. But believe it or not, much to my dismay I’ve got a good feeling that the nun is the least plausible of the three. As a 23-year-old fresh off the meticulously manicured lawn of my private, southern college, I’m learning that the veiled life of isolation is one I have to give up if I want to truly make my Creator proud. I’ve been living… Read more »

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[N]unbelievable Surrender

I’ve always thought I’d make a really great nun. No, seriously. I’ve got three dream jobs: a permanent cast member on SNL, a criminal profiler for the Behavior Analysis Unit of the FBI (thank you, Criminal Minds) and a nun. But believe it or not, much to my dismay I’ve got a good feeling that the nun is the least plausible of the three. As a 23-year-old fresh off the meticulously manicured lawn of my private, southern college, I’m learning that the veiled life of isolation is one I have to give up if I want to truly make my Creator proud. I’ve been living… Read more »

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I Can’t…But God Can

I am not a fire-eater. I am not usually the one with a vision to begin something “great.” My sphere of influence is relatively small as a SAHM and wife. But in 2014, I kept having this feeling deep inside that the Lord had something for me, my husband, and my family and that the trajectory of our lives was going to change. It felt like a new season was upon us, and we were heading in a new direction. Like God was going to be using us, and specifically, me, in new ways. Then, in the fall of 2014, I learned I was pregnant… Read more »

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Anything? Again?

December 28th, 2008- I married my husband, J. Two weeks later, we moved to NH to complete our internships at a church, with the plan to move to RI to plant a church after graduating college that spring. We were flying by the seat of our pants, trusting Him fully. It was hard, but thrilling, too! We knew full well that RI was the “anything” He was calling us to, even though it was far from family, friends, and anything we knew. It was a clean slate. An opportunity for Him to use and grow us– and that happened, more than we even imagined. Two… Read more »

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God’s Composition

The timing of reading “Anything” and a request presented to me, could have only been God. Would I have surrendered without the coinciding of the reading and the circumstance? Not certain. But I do know God used Jennie’s book to abandon my wants for His desire. As a reluctant speaker, when the invitation presented itself to be the guest at a ladies weekend conference, I was thankful it appeared I would have an excuse to say ‘no’. My son had written a symphonic piece that was going to debut in concert by a full orchestra and this momma didn’t want to miss the opportunity of… Read more »

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if: guilt and shame

I have battled this guilty feeling for most of my adult life. After ending a high school sweetheart relationship my first year of college and falling in love with my now husband, I found myself on the never ending roller coaster of emotions, with shame and guilt being the greatest. I felt shame because I allowed myself to fall in love while still being with someone else. I felt guilty for ruining my ex-boyfriend’s life at the time. I felt ashamed of myself for confessing true feelings for my ex and then just allowing them to crumble as if they never meant anything, though they… Read more »

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In the waiting

I’m so unsure of so many things right now. I have prayed the anything prayer for awhile but it’s an ongoing prayer for me. I was a stay at home mom because I thought it was the honorable thing to do. Though I look back and believe I was depressed and dying on the vine I still would do it again. However, my story and journey has so much to do with finding myself through personal growth both in formal education and reading/counseling. I’m not what some would think of as an intellect (I was a cheerleader my whole adolescent life) however I have been… Read more »

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How It All Started

I was driving down the tollway, talking to the Lord and letting Him know how thankful I am for our two children, and asking Him not to bless us with any surprise babies. I felt His response, “Do you trust me?” “Well, of course I do, Lord! You know best!” and again, “Do you TRUST me?” “Uh, yes…of course I do!” and once more, “Do you trust Me?” “I really do…what are you getting at?” and what I got next made me wonder – “Hang on then, because it’s going to be a wild ride!” Uh, ok. Wonder what that means! Fast forward a bit… Read more »

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In the Middle of Surrender

My Anything story is a work in process. For the past nine and half years I have been dealing with a myriad of health issues. I graduated from high school even though I missed about a third of all my classes. I went to university and dropped out in my second year because I was no longer able to continue. That was a huge blow. I always thought I would be the person to have at least a masters level of education because I loved learning. So to drop out, and over the course of the next few years realize I would probably never go… Read more »

There’s no book here.

Jodi green has an amazing life that will never have a book, according to her. I think maybe she’s wrong. Her life is a story. She has been on her own since HS. Started college, and put it on hold to get married and have four children. She and her husband Jack, worked for a children’s organization and their children were home schooled. I met her thru my parents when they settled in Orlando and Jack worked in the public school system, while getting a doctorate. Jodi did some the typical church mom things, clubs, Bible studies, etc. See no great story there. That stuff… Read more »

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There’s no book here.

Jodi green has an amazing life that will never have a book, according to her. I think maybe she’s wrong. Her life is a story. She has been on her own since HS. Started college, and put it on hold to get married and have four children. She and her husband Jack, worked for a children’s organization and their children were home schooled. I met her thru my parents when they settled in Orlando and Jack worked in the public school system, while getting a doctorate. Jodi did some the typical church mom things, clubs, Bible studies, etc. See no great story there. That stuff… Read more »

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Church In The Minivan

CHURCH IN THE MINIVAN My husband and I sat under a Pastor that taught us how to surrender to God. Full surrender was saying yes Lord, any time-anywhere-anything-at any cost, yes Lord. We began to crave God more than anything and were willing to pray this surrendered pray from the bottom of our heart. A little time went by and we surrendered to my husband’s call to pastor and my call to be a supportive wife and prayer warrior. No couple goes into ministry alone! I was ready to move to Africa, but to my surprise he felt a specific call to pastor in the… Read more »

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Bridget’s Cradles

Sometimes our worst fears become reality. Sometimes we face impossible situations. Sometimes it feels like the walls are closing in on us. In times like these it’s easy to become a victim, to feel sorry for your self, to be angry with God, and to lose hope; but that is not true of my friend Ashley Opliger. In a time when it would have been easy to give up she turned to God. As her world crumbled she prayed that God would pick up the pieces. She knew there was a plan. God was about to do something big and although she couldn’t possibly have… Read more »

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A Heart for Kurdistan – A Continuing Journey

My anything story started 10 years ago, January 2005 in Nashville, TN, at the Passion Conference when I stood up and my friend Wendy prayed over me as I “accepted a call to the nations.” At the time, I thought it was “just” for the trip to Kenya in the summer of 2005; boy was I wrong!! Looking back I realize how powerful praying scripture really is; when a naive 20-something who has never lived outside of Iowa prays Isaiah 6:8 from the heart – “Here I am Lord, send me” it actually happens! Fast-forward to 2007, Passion ’07 in Atlanta, is when Kurdistan first… Read more »

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My anything story

Dear Jennie- When we met this past October at Preston Trail Community Church you were there to speak at the Reckless Women’s conference. You were gracious enough to talk with me a little bit, and you told me to write down my story- so here it is. I submit to you my story, because I believe in the power of what God can do with a life that is fully submitted to Him. Four years ago, I was a lost and broken person. I was 150 lbs heavier than I am now, and I was bound by the chains of fear and insecurity. I did… Read more »