Get Wisdom, Get Insight, Shine Brightly

 “Make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.” Proverbs 2:2 I sat back in silence and looked up from my screen.  My mind was a mess of turmoil; thinking, counter-arguing, crying, and pleading for the sake of what’s good and right.  Tears of anguish filled my eyes and I closed them…

Hurt That Brings Healing

Author: Laura Sumpter I pushed the off button and tossed the phone onto my bed. As I did tears began pouring down my face. “Not again,” my head screamed. “Not again! Dear God, I can’t…” my thoughts stopped short as quiet tears turned to sobs.  I thought through the words I had just heard. For…

Lies, Slander, and Trying to Be Like Christ

Tears fell from my eyes as I tried to grasp the reality that my name and my family members’ names were being spoken of in a hurtful way, our reputations and character muddied with gross untruths.  How could someone I know and love say that about me? How could my family be trampled on in…

Breathing in Blessing

There is little that comes more naturally in life or is taken for granted more than breathing. It is something that I don’t thank God for enough or even contemplate the nuances of. I took a walk earlier and as I was walking and asking the Lord what he had to say through me about…

When Busy Becomes an Identity

Many people, Americans in particular, tend to thrive on busyness and take a strange pride in it—while at the same time complaining about it. I am 100% guilty of this. When asked how I’m doing, I’ve definitely responded with, “Good! Busy, but good.” Then soon after, I talk about all the things I’ve intentionally involved…

Outside Time

If I could live outside of timeLike God does To know what was, what is,And most importantly,What is to come Perhaps I wouldWorry lessLaugh morePersevere effortlesslyHope absolutelyPray without ceasing And yet here I standBound by timeWatching minute by minuteNot knowing what’s nextUnsure of tomorrow or next year Jesus existed in timelessnessHe is the Alpha and…

The Perseverance of Hope

I ordered freshwater pearls off the internet to adorn my neck on my wedding day. Their rough, imperfect sheen was just the look I wanted. Classic, but not as perfect as the identical spheres I imagine gracing the necks of British Royalty at a tennis match or June Cleaver as she welcomes her children home…

My One Word for 2019: NOW

When the founder of Anchored Voices, Chara Donahue, encouraged a few of us friends to think and pray about #oneword365, I didn’t realize the story that God would start to unfold slowly over the years. In 2016, when Chara asked us for our words, I prayed and the word that kept coming up repeatedly was…

The Time of Reflection: Between Christmas and the New Year

As excited as we get during the Christmas season, as thankful as we feel for the perfect gift of God’s son, there’s some dead space, some apprehension between the warmth and glow of the manger and what we believe God may have in store for us in the future. As we move from “Merry Christmas”…

Finding Purpose in the Pain of Christmas

Author: Karly Grant Christmas. For some, that word brings feelings of excitement, glee, celebration, and magic. For others, that word invokes grief, dread, lost hope, or sadness. Or maybe you find yourself at a crossroad of all these emotions like I do? No matter where you find yourself this holiday season, I want you to…