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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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