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Long… Married my college sweetheart. Started graduate school. Found out I was pregnant two years into graduate school. Found out the baby had a severe abnormality. Denied care by UCLA Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and another hospital in Florida. A hospital and doctor in Oklahoma were willing to take a risk and had me sign 1.2 million wavers to “try” something during my pregnancy. Twice a week I was admitted to the hospital where they would use a special ultrasound machine to guide a needle into my uterus to take fluid out of the baby and inject it back into the uterus so… Read more »

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Made For So Much More

My life did not turn out the way I planned that it would/the way I hoped that it would. Like most young girls, I had dreams of college and a career, two kids and a husband. I was blessed to be from a wonderful family where I was loved and respected. I was brought up in church and knew the love of God. I was, by nature, a people pleaser and always followed the rules, until I was 18 and found myself unmarried and pregnant during my freshman year of college. I was devastated to have disappointed my parents and to have gone against strong… Read more »

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Am I Enough?

It began over two years ago, maybe many more If I’m digging way deep down. Dreams and ideas, a call to ministry, and this desire to be used for God in big spotlight, not small in the shadow ways. I had gifts. I had talents. I had experience. Ministry experience. Lots of it. Inside the church and outside of the the church. I even had a calling and I knew what it was. So many don’t know. I did. I was in a place that could have and should have given me ample opportunities to see all those “dreams” become reality. I even had voices… Read more »

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Gods Grace

Anything Project I believed that God had all of me. He had my whole heart. I could not have been more wrong. It wasn’t until my husband discerned the call to go back into the military reserves as a Chaplin that I discovered that he was an idol in my heart and to what magnitude. He would say he heard from God and I would say I did not so there you go! The reality was that there was a 1% chance that he would be deployed and I was not willing to take that chance, but he was. I was distraught that he would… Read more »

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Defending the Oppressed

This is a story of my best friend who loves Jesus without abandon, willing to be obedient to God’s calling when He tells us in Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Dyanna’s story begins about 5 years ago when she read a book that turned her life upside down, “Kisses for Kate”. She realized that in America we are handed so much that we sometimes let “things” get in the way of fully relying on Jesus and his strength. She talked to her husband and told him… Read more »

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Blessedness of Possessing Nothing

My anything story begins here. At the intersection of Abraham and Isaac and the need for God to tear things from my heart so He could reign there unchallenged. As with most things they exist there so long and grow so quietly you don’t even realize they’re there or see how they’re getting in the way. I remember it so clearly. It was almost a year ago today coming home from work, lost and crying out to God for peace, answers, an outpouring of His love. Somehow numb and in pain all at once I sat there on my couch in my sunroom as I… Read more »

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A Journey to Gratitude

I didn’t realize until I was married that I had such a negative outlook on life. It had always been so much easier for me to see what was wrong in a situation than what was correct, or good or right. But this realization smacked me in the face almost a year into being married. You see my husband had decided to purchase a house to make our home, about a year and a half before we got engaged. He was taking the steps he thought were necessary to provide for me – his future wife. What he didn’t realize was the extent of work… Read more »

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A Beautiful Beginning

Almost three years ago this month, my husband and I made the decision to begin the adoption process. We had prayed about it and we had put it off long enough; God was asking us to adopt. Through the process of our adoption journey, we encountered many birth-moms and our lives collided with a lot of different stories. I wanted to share two of these stories with you; in hopes that you will see just how great and sovereign God is and was to us. It is our “anything story”. (The excerpts that you are about to read are parts of our adoption journey that… Read more »

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A Beautiful Beginning

Almost three years ago this month, my husband and I made the decision to begin the adoption process. We had prayed about it and we had put it off long enough; God was asking us to adopt. Through the process of our adoption journey, we encountered many birth-moms and our lives collided with a lot of different stories. I wanted to share two of these stories with you; in hopes that you will see just how great and sovereign God is and was to us. It is our “anything story”. (The excerpts that you are about to read are parts of our adoption journey that… Read more »

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Broken ankle, pneumonia and severe morning sickness among other things…

In November of last year we were thrilled to find out that we are expecting our fourth baby in 5 years. One week later I fell and broke my ankle, requiring 8 weeks of no weight bearing: meaning no walking. I was completely unable to take care of my three young children – food prep was impossible, dishes, cleaning, picking up the baby – all impossible. Forced sitting for eight weeks. I am not sure I accepted it and surrendered that time to God because I then spent 24 weeks with severe nausea and vomiting in my pregnancy. Our only bathroom was upstairs… My daily… Read more »

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Why am I afraid?

I am 74 years old and am divorced with MS. I lost my son 10 years ago and can barely walk and need help with my wheelchair to get to Bible Study, church and doctor’s appointments. So why am I hesitating to pray the “Anything” prayer. What else can happen to me? I liked what you said in the introductory lesson that “the bad things are going to happen anyway” and this is true. And, God is faithful to give you the strength to get through the bad time. But I’m still scared. Perhaps at the end of the study, or sometime during it, I… Read more »

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My Anything: Trust

My anything story… I said I could give God everything, put Him above all else, and love Him first and foremost… But in my heart, I knew He really came second. My husband and my children came first, and no matter how much I tried to understand or change my heart, I couldn’t fathom putting even God before them. Oh but the work He was doing in me! He took me on a journey, and I wouldn’t change ANY part of it now! The things/people that I held higher than I held God, were exactly what He used to get my attention. His plan was… Read more »

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A tiny seed of hope

Things were looking to be just about perfect. I had just received a promotion in my business that I had been working toward for several years. The pay raise would allow me to quit my part-time job, and allow me to stay home full time with my 2-year-old daughter. Plus we had just gotten licensed to adopt from foster care. It was really happening! We were going to adopt! And then . . . I took the test of a lifetime. And the two little lines that showed up brought me the deepest joy and love. (Not to mention a little uncertainty about what we… Read more »

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The Birth of Anything #bridgetscradles #anythingproject

I fell face down on the floor of what would have been her nursery. Gasping for air and crying out to the Lord in a desperate plea for answers: What are You doing? Why are You letting this happen to me? Why, God? What is Your purpose in this? What am I supposed to do now? How can this be Your plan for me? What do You want from me? All my hopes and dreams seemed to be shattered. My plans turned upside down. My whole life seemed to come down to this very moment. This breaking point. This moment of truth. This moment of… Read more »

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The Birth of Anything #bridgetscradles #anythingproject

I fell face down on the floor of what would have been her nursery. Gasping for air and crying out to the Lord in a desperate plea for answers: What are You doing? Why are You letting this happen to me? Why, God? What is Your purpose in this? What am I supposed to do now? How can this be Your plan for me? What do You want from me? All my hopes and dreams seemed to be shattered. My plans turned upside down. My whole life seemed to come down to this very moment. This breaking point. This moment of truth. This moment of… Read more »

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Chelsea’s Anything

We were sitting in Starbucks having a way too private conversation in public, but we didn’t care. “I’m not afraid to die” my dear friend Chelsea voiced. She had been battling Lymphoma for 1 1/2 years and at the young age of 24 she was facing her mortality. We prayed and talked as reality sank in. She shared that her prayer to God for years had been that she would do ANYTHING in order for her family to come to know Christ. Was this her “anything”? Fast forward several months. She was planning her Celebration of Life service. This was emotional territory but her heart… Read more »

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Meghan’s Story

My story I was raised in a household that had secrets. My father was an alcoholic and far from God. My mother was very involved in the church, a Christian, but loved my father so she stayed with him through all of the good and the bad. My mother never wanted anyone to know anything that happened in our home. There was a lot of difficulty, but there was also so much good. When sober, my dad was amazing. He loved us and made sure we knew his Alcoholism was NOT our fault. I knew my parents loved me and my brother and loved each… Read more »

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Better Days

The phone ringing in the wee hours of the morning startled me but did not surprise me. Emily’s tearful voice on the other end sounded so heavy and hopeless. She could not believe it had come to this. Luke, her nineteen month old son in need of a heart transplant, could be taken off the transplant list due to the clots in his lungs. The doctor’s had exhausted themselves trying to clear the blockage. I listened as she cried, hearing the fear and anguish in her voice. My husband took my hand (and he prayed) as I tried to find the right words to console… Read more »

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Better Days

The phone ringing in the wee hours of the morning startled me but did not surprise me. Emily’s tearful voice on the other end sounded so heavy and hopeless. She could not believe it had come to this. Luke, her nineteen month old son in need of a heart transplant, could be taken off the transplant list due to the clots in his lungs. The doctor’s had exhausted themselves trying to clear the blockage. I listened as she cried, hearing the fear and anguish in her voice. My husband took my hand (and he prayed) as I tried to find the right words to console… Read more »