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When Anything Is Everything

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 This is the ultimate calling of a follower of Jesus, isn’t it? This is far easier said than done, isn’t it? But it is not an impossible calling. The fulfillment of this call requires an “Anything” kind of prayer. You may not know what that is or what that looks like. Let me tell you…It is a prayer of absolute surrender. It is a prayer that will set some things in motion. It is a prayer that will change everything!… Read more »

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Looking outward vs inward

It’s so easy to get so caught up in our day to day lives, families, activities, and our areas of struggle that we forget there is a world of people around us, right in our places and spaces, who need someone to reach out to them. Part of my journey of surrender is to focus more outwardly on the lives of others than inwardly at myself, my needs, my cares, my plans, my life. I don’t think we intentionally set out to have an inward focus, but we live in a very self-centered world, and I think the enemy is great at getting us to… Read more »

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When Anything is Messy

I had another anything moment last night that I feel compelled to share…Last night, before Bible study, I prayed “anything” for group, the study and the night. When I got to the church to get things ready, the room was not set up – there were no tables and the chairs were in the wrong place. And, I had no time – not to mention physical strength – to get everything put into place. The plan I had for how the night was going to run had to change – and quick! Although the 30 minutes before everyone began arriving were stressful, I felt the… Read more »

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5 Years in the Making

My ANYTHING began three years prior to reading Jennie Allen’s book, Anything. I was 27 at the time, with a 2 year old miracle baby. After three miscarriages the diagnosis had been that we would never have children. God spoke to a friend and told her that I was not to believe what the doctor said, that I would indeed have a baby. Believing that God spoke to her and after one more miscarriage our 5th pregnancy, Mikayla Hope, was born into this world. God did a miracle! We had been living a comfortable Christian life up until that point; going to church on Sunday,… Read more »

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From silence to sound, there was God. Waiting.

Our Anything By DeAnn Feltz Becoming a mother was beautiful. But about 2 years into it, I was certain that God had made a mistake. I grew up in church. Never missed a Sunday unless hospitalized, because, honestly, how would that look? My husband Jim was raised Catholic, same thing, alter boy who never missed. He was half awake, but still upright in the pew. And yet, we both drifted away from God like a kite. A little bit a string let out slowly gains a lot of distance until it can’t even see the hand that it is tethered to. Or maybe there wasn’t… Read more »

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My Healing Place

My Healing Place (an excerpt) “God is more powerful than anybody’s past, no matter how wretched. He can make us forget – not by erasing the memory but by taking the sting and paralyzing effect out of it” Jim Cymbala “… But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and… Read more »

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No Fear/Surrender

My anything story starts with me going to the If: Local Gathering in February for the first time. It was an amazing experience for this lifelong Catholic girl. A friend had said, God put it on her heart to ask me to go. Looking back there were so many obstacles in my way to get there but, I did. The beginning of my surrender came on Saturday afternoon when we were asked to write on our rocks. I looked around as all of the women at my table busily wrote on their rocks. What was I going to write? I had absolutely no idea. I… Read more »

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Our Journey of Trust

My journey of “God I will do anything” sounded a little differently, as my prayer was “God, I TRUST you.” In 2012, my husband and I felt the call to move 2,700 miles from our comfortable home in Dallas, Texas to an island in the Caribbean called Trinidad and Tobago. You see, our life had gotten so busy. With a big house, 2 high stress jobs, and 3 kids, our time was filled with busy-ness. Things that should have been simple like who is taking the kids to school today was complicated. We felt a call from God to simplify our lives. So we decided… Read more »

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Slowly but surely

I’m really just starting my surrender. I got saved at age 18. Ive been a Christian for almost 12 years, but it took years for me to really get it and start growing spiritually. I was stubborn and stuck in my old ways. It took tragedies in my children to finally fully surrender to God. My first child was born healthy with no problems. Our second had a birth defect that messed up his stomach called pyloric stenosis. He had to have surgery, and was in and out of the hospital as a baby. The heartache of that whole ordeal was too much for me,… Read more »

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My Anything Neighbor

About six months ago I met Ashley Opliger, when I moved across the street from her. Our friendship grew quickly and soon she asked me to help her with a small project called Bridget’s Cradles. Her home based ministry which started in a nursery that was never used was inspired by Ashley’s daughter, Bridget, who had passed away at 24 weeks, still in the womb. When I first started helping it was strange to think that we would be helping parents who have lost their children before they have even had a chance to meet them. I have been lucky enough to have never endured… Read more »

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The road to my “anything”

Several years ago my dear friend, Lindsay, recommended a book. She’s good like that. She knew I was wrestling with questions like…What is my purpose here? What does believing in Jesus mean for my life? How do I know what Jesus wants for my life? She insisted that I read “Anything” by Jennie Allen. And I did. And I knew things were going to change. So I read A LOT of books, studied my bible, and starting following people that were living the “all in” life that I was seeking. I started looking into orphan care and poverty alleviation and missions. Little by little Jesus… Read more »

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Is This Really Happening??

Fourteen years ago, my husband sat me down and calmly said he was leaving me and the family….for another woman. I felt like I had just been hit by a massive 2×4 in the stomach. My head was swirling, I was nauseas, weak and hot. ‘Is this really happening?’ I thought. I knew my marriage was not strong, in fact it was barely breathing in those days, but I NEVER expected this from my husband. We went to church every Sunday, volunteered in the Childrens’ Ministry, taught Sunday School; we had 2 teenage daughters (“what am I going to tell the girls?”). I didn’t cry,… Read more »

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Unfinished

I started praying my Anything prayer before I knew what it was. Earlier this year, I started using the Lord’s Prayer as an outline for my morning prayer: “Your will be done, in my life, as it is in Heaven.” At the time, I had a job I loved at a church I loved with people I loved, and God was dealing with some issues in my heart. I was surrendering those things to Him, asking Him to clean out my pride, arrogance, entitlement, idolatry, and anything else that was in the way of what He wanted for me. My attitude changed, my relationship with… Read more »

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By His Grace

Hello, my name is Amanda and I am 26 years old. This is my “Anything” Story. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a marketing degree in 2010, and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After searching for about 5 months, I went to work at a small advertising firm because “that’s what you do.” After about a month of crying everyday in my office, I left. Tail tucked between my legs, I moved back in with my parents in East Texas, completely lost. I so desperately wanted to make a mark on this earth, but felt like I… Read more »

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Just the Beginning

My life has had many, “God this is yours, take anything.” I always end up taking it back, or I find something new to hold on to. So I just started the book and watched the intro video. Prayed on my way home desperately God, take it all, take our marriage, anywhere, take #anything. That night we got a positive pregnancy test after months of trying. Though we are doubting thanks to the internet with false positives and chemical pregnancy being the reason that 70% of conception ends in miscarriage. But we sat crying, praying and reading that night that “God, if this isn’t real,… Read more »

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My/His Anything Story

My/His Anything Story One of the most life changing events in my life was in 2011 when I was hospitalized in February with swine flu, ARDS, and double-bind pneumonia in both of my lungs. As a result, I was on a ventilator for two and a half weeks in a drug induced coma. The doctors told my family to come and say their good-byes. When my lungs had finally healed enough, they brought me out of the drug-induced coma and I could barely move my arms and legs. On top of that my right leg was in constant excruciating pain. Since I was unable to… Read more »

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No longer in the dark

Following a tragic diagnosis in 2009, my faith was rocked. How do you continue living the same when you’ve just found out your going blind… Very slowly. I couldn’t understand, “why, why is this happening God?” “If you are good, then why are you allowing this to happen?” I was angry, lost, and felt alone. I entered the dark place of depression, and I was fighting it with all I had. But I eventually lost that battle and just couldn’t cry anymore. I didn’t want to be this (new) girl anymore, I didn’t want to go blind, I wanted to drive again, I wanted to… Read more »

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No longer in the dark

Following a tragic diagnosis in 2009, my faith was rocked. How do you continue living the same when you’ve just found out your going blind… Very slowly. I couldn’t understand, “why, why is this happening God?” “If you are good, then why are you allowing this to happen?” I was angry, lost, and felt alone. I entered the dark place of depression, and I was fighting it with all I had. But I eventually lost that battle and just couldn’t cry anymore. I didn’t want to be this (new) girl anymore, I didn’t want to go blind, I wanted to drive again, I wanted to… Read more »