Author: Anisa Sumlar

When all is stripped away

I feel like I missed the “How To…” book, the blog post, the podcast – the one that outlines planning for a natural disaster in the midst of a health and economic one. The one that proposes Plan D when Plans A, B and C have fallen short. No electricity. No water. No wi-fi. No local coffee shop where you can go to recharge.

What are you up to, God? Not the instigator, but the one true constant in the midst of the virtual and physical storms surrounding me.

The day after, sitting in my car with a barely functioning charger trying to replenish my phone’s battery I found my mind moving to the mental list of things I’d need to be better prepared next time. Better car charger. Weather radio. Flashlights. I felt the anxiety begin to creep up. Screech.

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God has not given a spirit of fear

Too much unknown. Too little information available on the true scope of coronavirus infection within the U.S. Too much unnecessary risk. …

“Psychologists view control as a fundamental human need…this epidemic violates a sense of control in fundamental ways,” a Time article explained to me.

Ahhh, control. My arch nemesis. Although I’d challenge their assertion that control is something I need there’s no question that it’s something I want. My go to crutch. It ties into my deeper desires for safety, security, peace, wholeness – a sense that all is right in my world.

Everything around me felt like shifting sand and I couldn’t find my solid rock.

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Not-So-Small Surrender

I have faced the fear of the exact situation that Anisa describes below. As someone who longs to come through – sometimes at any cost – the fear of being “taken out” by sickness or circumstance is strong. Recently a close friend engaged my heart around that fear, helping me to surrender to God’s sovereign plans and to once again rest in who I am rather than what I do. I am grateful for Anisa’s example and her invitation to go deeper still in my surrender to Jesus   – Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator Have you ever had...

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Who Was Driving?

Reading Anisa’s words I am deeply struck as I connect with her heart that fiercely loves her family and fiercely loves her God. What a challenge it must have been to process that call and then seek to be fully present for the task God had given her that weekend! As I am often faced with circumstances where love for family and love for God can seem to be in disagreement, Anisa reminds me to look at God’s larger story and ask what He might be up to beyond what I can see. – Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator...

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No Holding Back

Next summer I will celebrate 25 years of being married to a man I’m absolutely head-over-heels in love with. I’ve told him I’d like to exchange vows again – just the two of us – because really, when you commit yourself the first time you have no idea what you’re signing up for.

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