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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The Big C

In April of 2012, I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer at the age of 47. I have 4 beautiful children. The youngest was 10 when I was diagnosed. I had surgery abd radiation, and I was put on a hormone blocker for 5-10 years. I have had a couple of scares since my diagnosis, and fear has taken a stronghold in my life. I am so afraid my cancer will come back, and I will not be able to see my baby girl grow up. My “Anything” would be to let go of my fear and trust God with the days I have… Read more »

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If I had a platform

All my life, all I wanted was to be a wife and mom, so for 26 years that’s what I’ve done – taken care of my family. However, in today’s world (even the Christian one), it never seems to be enough. So, back in December, after finishing RESTLESS, I had an encounter with the Lord in the car, on the way home from the store one day and here is what he showed me (written on my blog)…..http://www.a-million-skies.com/2014/12/if-i-had-platform.html

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Journey

This journey I have been on with God has been so amazing. My life has changed with 2 words I surrender. I am a grateful recovering addict who owes it all to Christ. I had turned to pills prescribed by a doctor for suffering from female problems I had 11 surgeries in 3 years. The last 2 completing a full Hysterectomy . So at 32 no children I could longer have a child of my own & that crushed me. I didn’t feel like a lady anymore. I met this wonderful man and we got married he had no idea I was hooked on pills…. Read more »

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Bipolar Brooke and Freedom from Facebook

Boy can I tell ya that there are many things in this world that vie for our attention and that is where my journey begins. I am a wife, a mother of 2, an Ultrasound Technician, and a Zumba Instructor. Need I say more…… But FB and social media? WOW something I never imagined I’d get sucked into, but the Lord used a medical and mental battle to help free me from this worldly obsession and that is the journey I want to share with you today. I am Bipolar, and I’ve struggled with this mental illness for a good 5 years now (probably longer… Read more »

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Riding Shotgun

For the past two years I have prayed for God to teach me and lead me to spread His Word. I have learned that I don’t have to know the Bible inside out or prepare a speech to prove God’s existence; I just need me. My journey to find what I needed to be a disciple of God began February 10th. Like any other day, my fiancé, Wesley, and I were on our way to have dinner when we were T-boned at an intersection. We were air lifted to CMC-Main where Wesley was placed in emergency surgery. Wesley had sustained broken ribs, ruptured diaphragm, chipped… Read more »

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Anything*

Have you ever been in the same place as me? Where you’ve offered all you have to God…. but there’s one shadowy place protected deep in your heart…. and you secretly hope that God will leave that place alone…. you can’t see how him probing that particular area would enhance your life…. or (what you perceive to be) your calling. So you say to Him, “Yes, Lord… anything!” And mostly you mean it… and yet…. mentally, you’ve tacked an asterisk onto the word. We don’t know our God very well when we think this will be acceptable to Him. In my experience, when we offer… Read more »

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Anything for Adoption

When I read about the opportunity to submit an “Anything” story, I was overwhelmed with options about who to write about. You see, we’re an adoptive family whose lives have been turned upside down by walking through the challenges of raising children from really tough backgrounds. The church has come around us in thousands of ways, and I could tell you about dozens of people who have been the hands and feet of Christ to us. As it is, I have to write about two people who have truly given “Anything” to love as Jesus calls us to love: my mom, Mary, and my sister,… Read more »

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The surrender of a 32 year old helps an 85 year old find peace

Lindsay Manchester: #Anything Project; In response to Jennie Allens book “Anything Project” and her contest call for story submissions of surrender, this video was created to tell the story of how a desperate old man surrendered his life in the knick of time as a result of Lindsay’s own personal surrender. This story is 10 years in the making and is finally ready to be told! You can find the video file on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/130532205

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250 kids and 850 college students!!

My best friend Sally Nichols is a true disciple of Christ, taking Jesus to anyone and everyone she can in the city of Nashville. Sally is 22 years old and she just graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in special education and elementary education. During her freshman year she volunteered with a new organization on campus called TAP (short for The Afterschool Program) a mentor ship program that paired Vanderbilt students with at risk kids at a church in North Nashville. When Sally began volunteering TAP was only 1 year old and run entirely by volunteers. During her time at Vanderbilt Sally realized… Read more »

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Saying Yes to Anything

“We say Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes Lord, Yes, Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes Lord, Amen.” I was 17. I was 17 and totally and completely in love with my Lord Jesus Christ. It had only been 2 short years earlier that had I really began to understand what a love relationship with the Lord even meant. But in that moment I was jumping up and down, waving my hands, and singing with all my might…”YES LORD! YES LORD! YES, YES LORD!” It was a weekend long youth retreat at my church, and we had just gotten… Read more »

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Anything but Pancreatic Cancer, AGAIN!

Anything but Pancreatic Cancer, AGAIN! As I sit here this morning praying for those in my life who seem to be going though life trials beyond what anyone could imagine. I think of 1 Peter 5:10 – And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. What is a little while? My Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer over 10 years ago. He was given 3 months to live. Well, he is still alive today! Praise God! So much has happened… Read more »

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The Bethlehem Table

I used to think that God only called people to serve Him through major life changing events. I’ve been awed by missionaries, pastors, teachers, and authors…people who I thought were specially equipped to serve Him and make a difference. Over the years, God has begun to show me that He wants to use me right where I am. Over a series of years, He has laid on my heart the area of hospitality. I’ve felt clearly led to use our home to minister to others. Even though I felt this call, I far too often made excuses for why I wasn’t equipped to minister in… Read more »

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The Bethlehem Table

I used to think that God only called people to serve Him through major life changing events. I’ve been awed by missionaries, pastors, teachers, and authors…people who I thought were specially equipped to serve Him and make a difference. Over the years, God has begun to show me that He wants to use me right where I am. Over a series of years, He has laid on my heart the area of hospitality. I’ve felt clearly led to use our home to minister to others. Even though I felt this call, I far too often made excuses for why I wasn’t equipped to minister in… Read more »

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Restoring Hope in the midst of Heartache

I have spent most of my adult life in a constant wrestling match to say “Yes” to God’s “Anything”. It is a struggle. Every single day. But I have learned that saying “Yes” is a choice and a commitment. It is an attitude of surrender regardless of the outcome. And it is there, in that full radical obedience where true peace and joy are found. Here is my story… I was in my early 20s. I felt called by God to be a missionary to Africa…to live and work in a refugee camp. The people in the area had been displaced from their villages during… Read more »

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My Anything

My Anything My husband and I were saved when we were 21 years old. We had been married for 2 years and at the time thought that we were a godly couple but we weren’t. We were religious. We thank God for calling us to Himself and eventually into full time Christian ministry. We have had several times of humbling ourselves and saying “Anything” to God over our 42 years of marriage. But I will tell the story of the one that truly brought me to my knees. My husband is the pastor of a church in upstate New York which keeps us busy. We… Read more »

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Faith. Hope. Walk.

The Darkest Hour is Just Before the Dawn Unless we allow ourselves to feel the depths of our darkness, we’ll miss the beauty that awaits us on the other side. The joy and hope, the mercy and redemption are that much sweeter when you realize just how far you have come. I was there and darkness was mine to conquer. It consumed me. It was physical, emotional and spiritual. Little did I know at the time that this was my journey to salvation. It was a battle I didn’t feel equipped to fight but Jesus was with me through it all. Even so, at that… Read more »

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The Prayer that Rocked My World

After my #anything prayer I resigned from my job, began homeschooling our children, hosting events on our family farm, started a blog and wrote a book proposal, went on a mission trip that led to us pray the prayer of Jabez. That prayer led me to begin ministering in our local jail and prompted my family to purchase the local feed & garden store where we minister to locals on a daily basis. In three years, everything in my world has changed except my address. We are living as surrendered as we know how and are blown away daily at the faithfulness of our great… Read more »

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Living with L.E.S.S.

In November 2012 I was listening to one of my favorite preachers teach online and he began to share about his wife giving away her wedding ring in order to help people in need of clean water. This idea gripped my heart so I started googling for more information. I came across a ministry that used rings to drill clean water wells around the world. I had never, in a million years, thought about giving up something so precious to me but once this idea was inside of me it wouldn’t let go. You see, God had been speaking to me through the Bible and… Read more »

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Show Love

Little did I know that my decision to spend time at the hospital with my friend while her daughter was ill would be a decision that would cost me so very much. My daughters best friend Kari, was back in hospital after a serious ‘bug’ started to grow in her new lungs – she’d had a double lung transplant only 10 weeks prior after fighting Cystic Fibrosis all her life (25yrs). In those next eight weeks after her re-admittance, I used my blog to inspire thousands of people in Australia and around the world to pray for her. We had prayer chains going and we… Read more »

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Hope

IICor 2:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of Compassion and the the God of all who comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God It wasn’t supposed to happen in my family. We were All-American. Good people. We had advantages. We were not “those people”. And then we had a lamb that went astray. Fast. Swift. Boom. That was almost ten years ago and that same sweet child is now a man. That beloved man is still so very lost. And it… Read more »