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Soul Anchor

By Cynthia Cavanaugh
How do you thrive and flourish in a storm? By holding onto truth and embracing the hope that keeps us anchored. Join me as we gather with friends and gain insight from stories that will help to grow our faith so we can become resilient and strong.
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77. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 66 Come and See What God Has Done!
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this last episode in our Summer Porch Series in Psalm, it's time to celebrate and invite others to see what God has done in our life!  If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us! Visit: www.thesoulanchor.com Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16
12:28
September 06, 2022
76. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 57 Mercy in the Cave of Despair
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we find our friend David hiding in a cave to escape Saul. He teaches us that it is God's steadfast love and faithfulness that can sustain us in the middle of our mess.  If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com Be merciful to me, oh God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. Psalm 57:1
10:06
August 30, 2022
75. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 55 Friends, Betrayal, and a Faithful God
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. Have you ever felt betrayed by a close friend? In this episode, David shows us through his prayer his angst over the betrayal of his companions and how God is the only one who can redeem our pain and hurt.  Follow Cynthia for On the Road with the Godly Kings happening now! Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the adventure!  If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage. Psalm 55:18a
11:27
August 23, 2022
74. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 42
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we find a lament of a soul in discouragement. David reminds us that even in a time of despair we can look to God who is our hope and He pours HIs steadfast love over us!  UPCOMING EVENT: Don't want to miss....On the Road with The Godly Kings! Cynthia and her cousin Andrea, will be traveling to five southern states bringing the message of The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. August 11-29th. Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the fun, giveaways, rest stop prayers, sneak previews of events and more!  Receive a free PDF of a chapter preview when you join the road trip. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8
08:53
August 16, 2022
73. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 30 - Joy Comes in the Morning, I Promise!
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we discuss how Psalm 30 gives us hope that when we are in a dark season, God promises there will be joy.  UPCOMING EVENT: You can still join us...On the Road with The Godly Kings! Cynthia and her cousin Andrea, are traveling to five southern states bringing the message of The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. August 11-29th. Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the fun, giveaways, rest stop prayers, sneak previews of events and more!  Receive a free PDF of a chapter preview when you join the road trip. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5b
11:08
August 09, 2022
72. Summer Porch Series: Psalm 25 - A God You Can Trust
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we learn all the ways David tells us we can count on God and how much we can trust Him, even when we feel lonely and sad over our circumstances. God promises that our soul can "abide in well-being" as we lean into God and experience His offer of friendship.  UPCOMING EVENT: Don't want to miss....On the Road with The Godly Kings! Cynthia and her cousin Andrea, will be traveling to five southern states bringing the message of The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. August 11-29th. Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the fun, giveaways, rest stop prayers, sneak previews of events and more!  Receive a free PDF of a chapter preview when you join the road trip. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 25:9,10a
12:07
August 02, 2022
71. Summer Porch Series: Psalm 20 Whom do I trust when in a difficult situation?
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we will answer the question, whom do I trust when I am in a hard place? David makes a strong statement that God is one who can be trusted in a difficult season. He is worthy of our trust and is faithful for our every need!  UPCOMING EVENT: On the Road with The Godly Kings. Cynthia and her cousin Andrea, will be traveling to five southern states bringing the message of The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. August 11-29th. Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the fun, giveaways, rest stop prayers, sneak previews of events and more!  Receive a free PDF of a chapter preview when you join the road trip. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7
13:04
July 26, 2022
70. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 16
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we will learn five statements David makes in Psalm 16 giving him confidence and assurance to continue on his faith journey with Jehovah God.  Psalm 16 is a good reminder that God is faithful and longs for us to choose Him above all else.  UPCOMING EVENT: On the Road with The Godly Kings. Cynthia and her cousin Andrea, will be traveling to five southern states bringing the message of The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. August 11-29th. Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the fun, giveaways, rest stop prayers, sneak previews of events and more!  Receive a free PDF of a chapter preview when you join the road trip. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. Psalm 16:7
14:48
July 19, 2022
69. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 13, How Long, Oh Lord?
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. In this episode, we are tackling one of the most melancholy of all Psalms of David, Psalm 13. It is here that David opens up his heart and asks God four times, How long, oh Lord? Maybe you have been in a circumstance that feels like it has been going on way too long and God has forgotten you. Psalm 13 reminds us that even in the depths of discouragement, we can trust in the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. And like David, He is not afraid of our tough questions.   UPCOMING EVENT: On the Road with The Godly Kings. Cynthia and her cousin Andrea, will be traveling to five southern states bringing the message of The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. August 11-29th. Text ROADTRIP to 33777 to join in on the fun, giveaways, rest stop prayers, sneak previews of events and more!  Receive a free PDF of a chapter preview when you join the road trip.  If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. Psalm 13:5
17:15
July 12, 2022
68. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 5
Happy 4th of July week and welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea! This summer, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for you, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11
15:37
July 05, 2022
67. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 62
Welcome back to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea!  As we begin this new series, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation, He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1,2
10:05
June 28, 2022
66. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 142
Welcome to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms for our second week. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea!  As we begin this new series, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed. If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com
12:58
June 21, 2022
65. Summer Porch Series in Psalms: Psalm 37
Welcome to the Summer Porch Series in Psalms. One of my favorite places is the Southern part of the United States where porches are big and wide and sitting outside is a southern past time with a big glass of sweet tea!  As we begin this new series, I want you to think of us sitting on a porch in a cozy chair or swing and reading the Psalms together and talking to God through prayer. I am hoping we can slow down long enough breathe in the hallowed words he’s given to us—stopping long enough to savor them and gain courage and strength for the next moments whatever that might be. I invite you to join me each week as I read one of my favorites, sharing a little of why it is meaningful and then praying a portion of the Psalm over all of us. My prayer is when we get up from the porch we will feel renewed and refreshed.  If you aren’t yet a part of the community I encourage you to join us as I will be sending out a few emails to encourage you through the summer. To join visit www.thesoulanchor.com
17:57
June 14, 2022
64. Anxiety and Surrender: Michelle Lazurek
Cynthia's guest Michelle Lazurek shares candidly about her battle with anxiety and how surrendering helped her to overcome her struggle. She gives practical next steps on how to face the challenge and surrender to Jesus so you can reclaim your joy and thrive.  RESOURCES: Michelle Lazurek: www.michellelazurek.com Michelle's book: I Surrender All (Sort Of):Laying Down our Agendas so God Can do the Impossible
34:15
May 10, 2022
63. Anchor Thoughts: When Mother's Day is Hard
Mother's Day—it's not the same for every woman. It's full of memories for some and for others it is a day disappointment. Cynthia shares the story of her hard relationship with her Mom and how God helped her to discover the greatest gift her Mom gave her when she was dying of cancer.  RESOURCES: To read more stories like Cynthia's Mom story: She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope by Redemption Press.  The Godly Kings of Judah Study is still open to join! To sign up click here and you will receive an email with all the details. 
26:27
May 03, 2022
62. Carole Leatham: Finding Joy in My Messy Life
Mental illness is on the rise, and what do you do when you find yourself or someone you love struggling with mental illness? Cynthia's guest, Carole Leatham, shares her story of helplessly watching her pastor husband admitted to a psych facility and the challenges days and months after  caring for someone with mental illness. Her story will bring you hope and practical ways to keep your joy in the middle of the mess.  RESOURCES: Find Carole Leatham's book: Finding Joy in My Messy Life: How I'm Surviving My Husband's Struggles with Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts.  Connect with Carole: www.carolesjourney.com Knowing God Through the Old Testament Series—starts April 27th, The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. Click here to sign-up. 
32:04
April 26, 2022
61. Anchor Thoughts - After Easter?
Cynthia shares her favorite story about Jesus appearing to his disciples after resurrection Sunday. And how Jesus extends his invitation to us each morning to invite him into our day.  RESOURCES:  The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence Online Study. Click here to join. Grab your book for 40% off at moodypublishers.com
18:21
April 19, 2022
60. LaTan Murphy: Courageous Women of the Bible
Cynthia's guest today, LaTan Murphy shares her heart to help women live courageously as she shares her story of courage and healing.  Resources: To connect with LaTan website: www.latanmurphy.com and connect through email latan.murphy@latanmurphy.com  LaTan's book: Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear and Insecurity for a Life of Confidence and Freedom  Knowing God Through the Old Testament Series Bible Studies: The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence, begins on April 27th. To join follow this link: https://bit.ly/godlykingsofjudah and to order at a discount Moody Publishers has 40% off for the month of April, just in time for the study! Click here to get your copy! 
33:17
April 12, 2022
59. Anchor Thoughts: Celebrating—The Godly Kings of Judah Bible Study Release!
Faithfulness matters. Your faithfulness matters to God. Join Cynthia as she shares the back story to creating The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence Bible Study. Learn from the godly kings of Judah, how living faithfully for Jesus each day has the potential for lasting influence.  RESOURCES: 8-Day Faithful Living for Lasting Influence Challenge. It's not too late to sign-up! Get a glimpse of Cynthia's new book and receive in your inbox daily Faith Bites, a Faith Prayer, and Faith Challenge to learn how to live faithfully for lasting influence. Click here to sign-up.  Moody Publishers is offering The Godly Kings of Judah and their other exceptional women's Bible studies at 40% off for the month of April. To order a copy of The Godly Kings of Judah Bible study click here
27:49
April 05, 2022
58. Guarding Your Legacy
Whether we are 20, 40, or 80 years old, our faithfulness matters when it comes to choosing an intentional legacy. The decisions we make today impact our future and our ability to choose a godly legacy. Learn as Cynthia shares three ways to guard your legacy and seek to remain faithful.  Upcoming release of  Cynthia's new Bible study, The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence by Moody Publishers releases April 5th. Click here to order your copy from Moody at a discounted rate.  Join the Faithful Living for Lasting Influence 8 Day Challenge click here to sign-up! Starts April 4th. Each day in your inbox you will receive: *Faith Bites (short devotional from the book with scripture) *Faith Prayer (a promise you can apply immediately for the day) *Faith Challenge (a small action step for the day) Plus, we will have some fun (stories and guests in a daily FB live) in a private Facebook Group and giveaways everyday!  Will you join me on this 8 Day Challenge? Sign-up here
27:12
March 29, 2022
57. Tyson Cavanaugh: Never too Young or Old to Serve
Tyson Cavanaugh is a young author who has a big dream to help other kids around the world. He started writing his book when he was seven years old and published it when he was ten. Cynthia talks with this young author and the journey of his love for writing and how it inspired him to help children through Compassion International.  Resources: To help Tyson with his dream of supporting kids around the globe check out his book: A Pirates Tale: Treasurer Seekers of the Seven Seas. All proceeds go to Compassion International.  Knowing God through the Old Testament Series next study starts April 27th: Pre-order your book at a discount rate from Moody Publishers— The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. 
21:11
March 08, 2022
56. Anchor Thoughts: A Prayer for Ukraine
In this episode Cynthia shares some anchor thoughts in reflection on what is happening across the globe with our brothers and sisters. And how it hits close to home for many people with ties to the Ukrainian people. Join Cynthia in uniting our hearts in prayer for the people and leaders of Ukraine. Resources:  Thriving in Life's Grit download by connecting here. Preorder Cynthia's newest book The Godly Kings of Judah at a discount. (Release early April 2022)
25:44
March 01, 2022
55. Anchor Thoughts: Making Space for Rest
In this episode we will talk about what it means to find rest in the middle of our busy and messy lives. Cynthia will give us four practical steps using the word 'come' from Matthew 11:28-29 to encourage rest for our weary souls.   RESOURCES:   Our next Bible study in the series, Knowing God through the Old Testament will be starting in mid April. This is Cynthia's brand new book from Moody Publishers, pre-order with a discount is available for The Godly Kings of Judah: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence. 
22:37
February 15, 2022
54. Rhonda Stoppe: No Regrets
Rhonda Stoppe reminds us how to live and be a no regrets woman in our home, churches, and community. She shares with us in the middle of our mess, we can have victory and her story will encourage you to live with faith above your circumstances. (Note: This is an interview from 2020 that wasn't able to be aired until now)  Resources: To contact Rhonda go to www.noregretswoman.com  Real Life Romance book by Rhonda Stoppe Knowing God through the Old Testament Series 2022—It's not too late to join the first study, Ezra: Unleashing the Power of Praise. Click here to join. 
38:21
February 08, 2022
53. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul with Grace and Wonder
The first month is under wraps and we are well into 2022. How was your January? Busy? Wearisome? Relaxing? Join Cynthia as she shares some encouragement and January reflections of what she is learning about restoring her soul in the midst of a hectic schedule.  Resources: Scriptures from today's podcast: Matthew 11:28-30 Psalm 62:5-6,8 Knowing God through the Old Testament Series 2022—It's not too late to join the first study, Ezra: Unleashing the Power of Praise. Follow this link to join: https://bit.ly/3nOzJq9
18:15
February 01, 2022
Ep.52 Amy Joob: Unstuck-Step Into the New
Are you feeling stuck? Does your prayer life need a little inspiration? Join me with my guest, Amy Joob, as she helps us discover how to step into the new and live a flourishing life. Her brave story will challenge and encourage you to believe in miracles and have hope to dream again. Resources: For the resource on the Mini Prayer Course visit: www.amyjoob.com Book: Unstuck: Step into the New  Knowing God Through the Old Testament Series—to signup for the first study on Ezra: Unleashing the Power of Praise click here.
31:26
January 25, 2022
51. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores my Soul with Reflection
In today's podcast episode, Cynthia shares a fresh perspective she recently came across that has helped her to rethink approaching a brand new year—taking away the pressure and giving space to breathe.  Resources: The Next Right Thing Podcast with Emily P. Freeman (Episode 206) Discovering God through the Old Testament Series 2022 - #1 Study: Ezra: Unleashing the Power of Praise begins January 26th.                      For details visit cynthiacavanaugh.com and look for the banner Discovering God through the Old Testament Series Cynthia's new planner: Full Focus Planner  One Word Worksheet for 2022
23:39
January 18, 2022
50. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul with Creativity
We are all made to be creative with gifts to impact and influence others because we have a creative God!  In this episode join me with my special guests, Athena Dean-Holtz and Carol Tetzlaff, from Redemption Press as we talk about the importance of using our creativity and how it can restore our soul. We will also be sharing about an exciting opportunity—if you are an aspiring writer or speaker, listen in and learn how to take next steps to develop your gifts as a Christian Communicator.  Proclaim Conference information: www.shewritesandspeaks.com Key quote: 2 Timothy 1:6,7 Discovering God Through the Old Testament Series beginning January 26th. To join: https://cynthia-cavanaugh.mykajabi.com/ot-ezra
30:53
January 11, 2022
49. Carol Tetzlaff: He Restores My Soul with Worship
My good friend and guest, Carol Tetzlaff is joining the Soul Anchor today to chat about what it means to live out worship in our everyday life. She says that, "God created us to be worshippers. Our worship is not defined in a corporate setting of our local church gathering but is found in the common places of our lives. It is the praise of our soul that weaves its way through the very fabric of our days from the kitchen sink to the boardroom."  
31:03
January 04, 2022
48. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul with One Word
It's our last episode of the year! Cynthia shares three important reasons from the story of Joshua, of why choosing "one word" instead of making New Year's resolutions can help you flourish. Learn how to reset, refocus, and enter 2022 with God confidence and courage. 
35:38
December 28, 2021
47. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul with Joy at Christmas
Are you just trying to make it through Christmas? Is sadness blanketing your joy? Cynthia shares how to manage the emotion of sadness and still capture the wonder and joy of Christmas. 
28:32
December 21, 2021
46. Erica Wiggenhorn: Letting God Be Enough
Guest, Erica Wiggenhorn, shares with us that in a world where "never enough" is the norm, how do we handle those feelings of inadequacy? Do you strive more or expect less? And how does God fit into the equation? Walking us through the story of Moses, she addresses the feelings of self-doubt, fear, and disappointing circumstances.  Through her own story, she shows us that as God worked miracles through Moses' weakness, he can do miracles in our lives as we quit striving and surrender to the only One who can set us free! 
45:04
December 14, 2021
45. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul with Joy
How do we find joy and rise above this season's busyness? Cynthia shares some key steps we can take to recapture the joy and wonder of Christmas and it isn't dependent on our expectations, families, or circumstances.  
22:07
December 07, 2021
44. Kathy Howard - He Restores my Soul: Heirloom
Guest and author, Kathy Howard, shares from her new book Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith and how those who came before you helped shape the person you are today. She give practical insights and tips to help you leave a legacy of faith for your family. 
35:27
November 30, 2021
43. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul with Gratitude
Misplaced expectations, weariness, and feeling misunderstood can rob the rest we need for our souls. Cynthia shares in this episode four ways to rise above your troubles and turn your concerns into gratitude.  
17:29
November 23, 2021
42. Christine Trimpe - Seeking Joy
“The weary world rejoices!” These are the words God gave today's guest, Christine Trimpe over and over during a difficult season, inspiring her to go deeper with her study of joy. What she learned was life-changing: God’s joy is more than abundant and carries us through our darkest trials and tribulations—seek, and you will find. Even during times of uncertainty and major changes, the joy of the Lord sustains those who know Him and spend time in His Word.
32:49
November 16, 2021
41. Anchor Thoughts: He Restores My Soul
Introducing Season Three, "He Restores My Soul." Listen as Cynthia shares how to stay encouraged and be restored even in the midst of weariness. 
11:52
November 11, 2021
40. Anchor Thoughts: Is God Enough?
Have you ever felt like God needs your help in a storm? That He isn't enough? Cynthia explores with honesty and candor why we can trust and believe God is enough in our storm. 
20:04
April 20, 2021
39. Anchor Thoughts: The Struggle is Real—Stuck at the Red Sea
Feeling stuck? Bombarded with life at every turn?  In this episode Cynthia talks about "the struggle is real" circumstance dealing with some recent difficult decisions. She shares three ways from the Red Sea story in the book of Exodus how God is helping her to put one foot in front of the other to keep moving ahead following God one yes at a time. 
22:58
April 06, 2021
38. Angela Hudson: How to Keep Dancing in the Rain
When a storm has been raging in our life for more than a little while, it's easy to forget how to keep our hope afloat. Angela Hudson our guest, shares profoundly simple and yet practical truths on how we can put one foot in front of the other in the height of the storm—and how we can still dance in the rain! 
39:32
March 23, 2021
37. Kathy Howard: Rooted in Truth
Our guest, Kathy Howard, gives us a fresh perspective on what it means to be rooted in truth so we can stay anchored when the storms hit hard. She shares her story of discovering how her relationship with God changed when she went from knowing about God and being a good church girl to deeply knowing Him intimately as she interacted with His word.  
43:53
March 09, 2021
36. Cynthia Ruchti: Hemmed in Hope
Guest Cynthia Ruchti, shares how God kept her stable in a season when every time she turned around, another disaster appeared on her doorstep. From a fire in her home to a family member going to prison, she was able to hang onto hope in the storm even though it felt like it was more than she could handle. She made a choice to declare that God is her refuge and strength in times of trouble as he kept her "hemmed in hope."
54:26
February 23, 2021
35. Anchor Thoughts: Is Anything Too Hard For God—Let God fight for you!
When we are out into the wilderness, it's easy to get discouraged when we can't see the path forward, and it appears we are going in circles. We work hard to try and fight so we can escape sooner to avoid the obstacle. However, God sometimes puts us right up against the challenge as he did the Israelites when they camped by the Red Sea, not knowing just how impossible it would soon be to move forward—this was a battle only God could fight for them. Cynthia shares how we can learn the secret strategy of how to move ahead through the obstacle and embrace the future God has planned for our lives! 
23:50
February 16, 2021
34. Wendy Batchelder: Finding Family
As we continue our theme "Is Anything Too Hard for God?—our guest tells the story of finding her family with a hold-your-breath search for belonging. Wendy, who is adopted, grew up in a loving home. Though curious about her birth parents, she has little desire to find them. Until her mother hands her an old yellowed envelope. That little package propels Wendy to look for her maternal biological grandmother, but the trek into her past reaches only dead ends and fizzles in the face of her current life—husband, children, graduate school. And then the real journey begins, the one that leads to Wendy’s discovery that her true identity is rooted in the One who created her, rather than the “accident” of her birth or subsequent adoption. Secure in the family of God, she gives little thought to locating her birth parents. But her heavenly Father has other plans. 
35:54
February 09, 2021
33. Anchor Thoughts: Is Anything Too Hard for God?
Nothing is impossible for God, it may look bleak but help is on the way. Join Cynthia as she shares a story from Genesis 18 that gives us hope while we wait! 
17:50
February 02, 2021
32. Anchor Thoughts: 2021 Reset and Resolutions
Many of us are ready to say good riddance to 2020 and push the reset button. Learn three ways from the story of Joshua to reset and choose a "one word" to help you flourish in the New Year! 
37:33
December 29, 2020
31. Anchor Thoughts - Emotions of Christmas: Sadness
Sadness can drape over Christmas like a heavy blanket threatening to suffocate the hope and message of Christmas. Even in our sadness joy can be found as we open our heart to receive the gift and the promise of Immanuel, God with us. 
25:40
December 22, 2020
30. Anchor Thoughts - The Emotions of Christmas: Disgust
Christmas is just around the corner, and have you noticed any cynical attitudes lately? It seems the closer we approach Christmas; those ugly emotions can surface brought on by feeling overwhelm and stress. This can be a hidden symptom of simmering anger expressed in disgust. Join Cynthia as she helps us sees a different perspective through Mary's eyes and how we can overcome those unruly thoughts and turn them into joy.
18:13
December 15, 2020
29. Anchor Thoughts - The Emotions of Christmas: Anger
Ever notice the closer we get to Christmas people get a little grumpier? Learn how you can keep your cool when the chaos and stress threatens to capsize your joy! 
25:12
December 08, 2020
28. Anchor Thoughts - The Emotions of Christmas: Fear
How do we keep the chaos from crowding out the joy of Christmas? As we start the month of December many of us may find ourselves ragged around the edges with unruly emotions.  Join Cynthia as she shares a new podcast series, "The Emotions of Christmas." and how we can keep our sanity and not miss our focus as we anticipate the celebration of that little baby in the manger, our Prince of Peace and Savior, Jesus. 
24:55
December 01, 2020
27. Anchor Thoughts: When Gratitude and Giving Thanks Work Together
Did you know that you can be grateful without being thankful? It's true and who knew? Join Cynthia as she explores the ways we can have a mindset of gratitude and be thankful at the same time.  
19:04
November 24, 2020
26. Anchor Thoughts: How Did I Get This Busy?
When is the last time you took a breath from your schedule to rest—not only rest physically, but mentally and emotionally? Busyness can crowd out what we need most and overwhelm us to the point of fatigue.  Join Cynthia as she shares ways to create spaces of gratitude and to let go of the good to embrace the better—peace, rest, and joy.
25:37
November 17, 2020
25. Anchor Thoughts: Finding Joy in the Storm
Have you found yourself lately wondering where your joy has gone? With all the bad news out there it's easy to slide into forgetting our joy comes from cultivating a grateful heart. Join Cynthia as she shares her 21 day challenge to renew joy by daily focusing on gratitude. 
17:55
November 10, 2020
24. Anchor Thoughts: I'm Needy God—Can you Help?
When life hits hard and circumstances are overwhelming both from inside and out, it's easy to believe the lie that God is too big to care about our needs. The complete opposite is true—because God's love is unfathomable, it matters greatly to him what happens to us.  In Cynthia's Anchor Thoughts she unpacks what the Bible says about God when" he takes thought of me." (Psalm 40:17). 
17:03
November 03, 2020
23. Heidi McLaughlin: Finding Joy in the Midst of Loss and Suffering
Wouldn't it be great if we could buy a cup of joy and sip on it all day? In our daily pursuit of joy through people, adventures, and success, we often come up empty and gasping for air. After the crushing loss of both her first and her second beloved husbands, author Heidi McLaughlin desperately needed joy that was sustainable and fresh. She was startled to discover that she could have it, because pain and joy can co-exist. Listen in and learn how In spite of disappointments, pain, and losses, joy is available at all times because joy is an endless resource of heaven through our connection with God.
46:23
October 27, 2020
22. Anchor Thoughts: Strategies to Fight Your Battle
Are you in a battle that feels like it is lasting forever? Are you feeling weary and tired of not seeing the victory? Cynthia shares from the life of David his battle strategy and how God helped him to defeat the enemy.  Listen and learn how we can apply the same strategy and keep our hope in the storm. 
29:49
October 20, 2020
21. Andrea Tomassi: Truth vs. Feelings
When your feelings threaten to overwhelm the truth, what practical steps can we take to stay anchored in a storm? Join my guest (and cousin!) Andrea Tomassi as she helps guide us down the path of managing our feelings, so we don't fall victim to believing lies about God. Sharing her tender and personal story, she relates how God has rescued her many times from falling into despair by relying on His truth. 
57:16
October 13, 2020
20. Anchor Thoughts with Cynthia - It's Time to Start Using Your Gifts
Do you have gifts that hidden or locked up? Sharing three truths from the Bible of one of the Kings of Judah, you will be encouraged of how you can, with God's help, silence the voices of defeat and discouragement and start using your gifts!  Cynthia shares her story of how she allowed her storm's pain to silence her gift of music and how God surprised her recently. 
28:29
October 06, 2020
19. Dr. Michelle Bengtson: Overcoming Anxiety
Anxiety is fast becoming as ordinary as the common cold. Dr. Michelle Bengtson gives practical ways we can overcome the panic of anxiety when crisis hits. Sharing from her personal experience and from counseling countless others, she believes that you can ease the impact by preparing when anxiety threatens to take over your life. 
46:43
September 29, 2020
Keeping Your Hope Alive
Cynthia shares her Anchor Thoughts from Psalm 71—three ways to keep our hope intact when the storm is raging all around and you feel like throwing in the towel! Don't give up, and don't give in, God promises His rescue is on the way!
28:06
September 22, 2020
7. Linda Goldfarb: How Your Personality Can Help in a Storm
Understanding your personality better when stress creeps in can help you to cope and have peace in a storm. Guest Linda Goldfarb, author, speaker, and personality consultant, shares her journey of discovery and and how she was able to flourish in a storm.  Learn the four personality types and how they endure stress and how you can use your personality to work for you and not against you. 
49:24
September 15, 2020
16. When You Don't Know What to Do
Are you struggling with knowing what to do in the midst of your storm? Cynthia shares from her book, Anchored: Leading through the Storms, the story of King Jehoshaphat and how he "put on his brave"  leading the people when they were up against insurmountable odds from their enemies. When they didn't know what to do,  God gave them courage to face their fears and trust him. 
25:01
September 08, 2020
15. Kathy Collard Miller: Hope for an Angry Mom
Guest Kathy Collard Miller shares her journey of how God delivered her from being an angry abusive Mom and helped her overcome her troubled marriage.  Even though she had been a Christian for ten years at the time, she couldn’t grasp God’s strength to control herself. She hated her life and wondered if she’d ever experience God’s love and joy again—even to the point of considering suicide. Her marriage to Larry seemed destined to fail and she blamed her anger on him. But God is faithful. He replaced her anger with patience, rebuilt her love for her children, and restored the joy in her marriage. 
47:26
September 01, 2020
14. When Your Dream Gets Interrupted
Everything is in place. You have purpose, a plan, and your dream is gaining momentum, and then it happens. An obstacle gets in the way of being able to move forward with the dream you believed God whispered to you. It's easy at this point to get confused and believe the dream is over or you didn't hear God. Cynthia shares six ways you can stay hopeful as you wait for your dream to get back on track. 
24:19
August 25, 2020
Episode 13: Athena Dean-Holtz - Meeting Conflict Head-On
Guest and friend, Athena Dean Holtz, shares the dramatic story of her flailing publishing company. Meeting the business conflict head-on was extremely uncomfortable and yet she tells of how God helped her face the problems, overcome her mistakes, and turn the publishing business around. 
52:37
August 18, 2020
12. When You Need Mercy
Cynthia shares her recent encounter with God from Psalm 78, His inexhaustible mercy, and how we too can experience God's saving power in the midst of a storm.  Special Webinar Details: www.writeawaystory.com 
23:28
August 11, 2020
11. Erica Wiggenhorn: Anchored in Jesus Presence
Erica shares the tender adoption story of her son, his critical illness while waiting on God as a young mom and drawing strength from His presence. She encourages us to find when life hits hard and the storm rages, it's God's Word and practicing being still that keeps us anchored and not drifting away even when our emotions speak otherwise.  After the Anchor Coaching segment, Cynthia invites you to her free webinar, August 12th, Secrets to Five Steps Every Writer Needs to Know.  To register and save your seat go to:  www.writeawaystory.com 
52:37
August 04, 2020
10. When Church Hurts: Part Two
In this episode of Anchor Thoughts, Cynthia addresses the greatest danger of Church Hurt—isolating ourselves from God and others. She explores how to get back on track when we've been wounded by God's people through encouragement of the story of Hagar. 
38:25
July 28, 2020
9. Jodi Harris: When Church Hurts
People make up the church and sometimes we get hurt by church people and leadership. What does God ask us to do when we've been wounded? Do we stay? Do we go? Join me as Jodi shares her story about how she overcame a hurtful season of church hurt and how God brought healing to her soul. 
48:34
July 21, 2020
8. Taming Your Dragon Thoughts
When in a difficult situation and your mind is running wild, learn how to keep those thoughts at bay so you can rise above the stormy season. 
29:23
July 14, 2020
7. Edie Melson: Soul Care in a Storm
Guest Edie Melson, helps us look at what it means to tap into our creativity and how it can help us take care of our soul when we are weary. Soul Care: When You Are Weary is available at your local bookstore and online retailers. 
40:21
July 07, 2020
6. Three Lessons from Job to Flourish in a Storm
What we need to build into our life so when the storm comes, we can thrive. 
33:03
June 30, 2020
5. I See You Part Two - Kennita Williams
Guest Kennita Williams shares her story and experience with racism as a black woman. Learn how God is asking us to be a part of the change and what we can do to make a difference. 
54:36
June 23, 2020
4. I See You Part One
Cynthia shares what she's learned from recent conversations with her black friends and the impact of the racial division in our country. 
32:05
June 16, 2020
3. Carol and Gene Kent
Carol and Gene Kent - Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends its Worst
41:48
June 12, 2020
2. The Perfect Storm
Cynthia shares her most devastating storm and how God kept her anchored even in the darkest hour.
29:09
June 10, 2020
1. Welcome to the Soul Anchor
Introduction to the Soul Anchor Podcast, Cynthia shares her favorite story about storms. 
19:26
June 08, 2020