Dear 2021,

In their hearts humans plan their course,     but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 NIV Dear Twenty Twenty-One, Your predecessor has left us lost and dazedCautious and timid with our goalsOnly by the Spirit is our faith unfazedWe’re hopeful our love will touch many souls Our expectations for you are quite lowGiven the year we’ve just…

Seeing the Invisible

Early in our marriage, my husband and I attended a church with a memorable tradition: on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s, there would be no sermon. Instead, anyone and everyone was encouraged to walk up to the open microphone and share a few words with the congregation. The basic question, on which we…

A Long Hello and a Short Goodbye

Author: Laura Sumpter Turning the page of the proverbial book of life is a lot like jumping.  The fear that comes with the unknown, coupled with the excitement of saying goodbye to the bad while lingering in the sweetness of saying  hello to the good can send butterflies through even the most adventurous of souls. …

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…

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”…

Risking It All

Two years ago, the founder of this blog, Chara, challenged a bunch of us gals to think and pray over a word for our year. She read about #oneword365 and wanted to set the tone for an entire year by settling upon just that, one word. The first year I participated, my word was “Yes.”…

Motivations Made New

Author: Kate Franken As a new year approaches, dreams and ideals inundate my thoughts. I can easily get wrapped up in the New Year’s resolution mindset, hoping to make lasting changes. I know what the naysayers say. I’ve, at times, been one myself. Experience has taught me that adherence to resolutions is typically short-lived, but…

In 2017…

Happy New Year Anchored Voices readers! We are hopeful this blog finds you well and rejuvenated as we march onward into 2017. For me, a new year brings about anticipatory feelings of hope and elation. I reflect upon the works God completed in me throughout the past year, and I prepare my heart for what…