The Magnolia Story and Me

What do shiplap, Magnolia, and “Fixer Upper” have in common? Just one famous reality TV couple—Chip and Joanna Gaines. At this point they are legendary—an amazing marriage, adorable children, and even their own decorative line, “Hearth and Hand,” at Target. Like many women, I also got swept up into the excitement. When I can borrow…

Bold Gentleness

Under the fluorescent light, I was organizing stacks of new pots, toilet bowl brushes, can openers, laundry baskets, blankets, and a motley of household goods. Pillows periodically tumbled when I shifted a box underneath. Today, I expected quite a few people to come and gather items for their new apartments. Refugee families new to central…

Bold in Prayer

‘Bold’ is never a word I would use to describe myself. As a child and teenager, I was prone to anxiety and shied away from anything that would create conflict and make my stomach turn to knots. I remember my mom telling me several times throughout my adolescent years that I needed to learn to…

To Pray Boldly

Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said,…

The Non-Fiction Books We Loved in 2018, and What We Will Read in 2019

We asked our contributors to tell us their favorite faith-inspired book read in 2018 and what they look forward to reading in 2019, so we could share the book love with you. We would love to hear your recommendations in the comments! The Books We Loved Kayla Anderson: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Britney…

Anchored Printable: Romans 8:28

All month long, our Anchored Voices contributors have been sharing their #oneword365. You too may have chosen a word of the year. A word you’ve chosen intentionally. God’s intention toward us is to work all things together for our good, for He is good. Enjoy this print created by our Creative Director, Sarah Dohman, and…

Calming the Chaos with 3 Focused Routines

As I look back on 2018, it was nothing like I anticipated it to be. There were many great times full of family, friends, laughter, memories, and successes. However, there were also darker times of confusion, heartache, frustration, and disappointment. Unfortunately, the latter things are what I am tempted to focus on when I think…

Treasured One

By Linda L. Kruschke Tossed about on waves of doubt Seeking an anchor in the storm Cleave to the One who values you Your tempest He will surely transform Riding high on a victory Don’t let it go to your head Remember the One who adores you Praise His provision instead Encumbered by the trials…

5 Areas to Grow in Intentionality

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I sat down with a mentor of mine asking for discipleship. I was newly married, newly pregnant, and not able to pinpoint what I wanted to be mentored about. Upon our first meeting, she started by asking me a simple question, “What kind of woman do you…

A Romans 8:28 Perspective

I don’t know about you, but I love a good “feel-good” verse. You know the kind, the one we receive or say to someone else when we don’t know what else to say? Maybe we even recite these verses to ourselves in an attempt to find some semblance of peace, when really it feels like…