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MOST RECENT

Can’t wait to see YOU in #Nashville for the @shefoundjoy Ladies Night Out, on November 5th. We’re going to be at #lovelessbarn for an evening of food, fun, friendship and we can’t wait to meet you! Be encouraged to have courageous faith at this incredible event. Invite your gal pals and grab your tickets before they’re gone! 💜

REVISED EDITION!!
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This revision has additional content that includes Kit's work in Mexico in 2016 with teens at risk, inside prisons in Tijuana, and working under the protection of the Cartels that operate there.
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On January 18, 2011, twelve prisoners signed a solemn pledge and set out to see if they could live in peace with the men inside Georgia's most dangerous maximum security prison. It was a simple but powerful pledge: for forty days they would follow the example of iconic peacemakers and commit themselves to timeless, nonviolent principles.
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PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION chronicles the Power of Peace Project's story as it grew to include prisons, schools, and churches across the United States, even planting seeds of peace inside prisons in South Africa, Mexico, Honduras, and Ukraine.
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With those initial signatures, POPP was officially born, and its founder, Kit Cummings, began the journey of bringing peace to those most removed from it.
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PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE is the fascinating true story of this unlikely band of brothers, and the movement they inspired-- one that has become a Teen Peace Phenomenon. Author Kit Cummings's stunning new book asks a simple question: Are you ready for PEACE? *Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Silver Honoree *Winner, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Honorable Mention for Memoir/Autobiography
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PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION by Kit Cummings.
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You can check it out on AnchoringHope.com under Self-Help/Recovery Books. (Link in profile)
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If you’re tired of going through the motions and performing life’s routines without reaching your goals or fulfilling your heart’s desires, RELAUNCH! is your guide to getting started and experiencing that exceptional journey.
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Author Kim Hardy went from stuck and stress to pursuing and accomplishing her dreams by incorporating the five key strategies she shares in this book. In RELAUNCH!, you’ll find workable strategies you can use to ignite your own personal comeback.
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You will: . .
Establish powerful habits to get past stuck and stress right where you are. . .
Create bounce-back tactics to counter your setbacks. . .
Discover how to unleash your passion and live your dreams.
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You can check out RELAUNCH! - 5 Keys to Getting Past Stuck and Stress at Work and Life by Kim Hardy on AnchoringHope.com under Business Books. (Link in profile)
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You’re invited to an evening of fun, food, and friendship as you’re encouraged to have courageous faith! Join us for the @shefoundjoy Ladies Night Out tour. Invite your best gal pals, your small group, your book club, or bring a large group from your church. But hurry and get your tickets before they’re gone! 💜 I’ll be at the Elkhart and Nashville stops. Can’t wait to see you there!

To all the weary, worn out, wondering mamas. To all those mamas doing it all alone. To all the mamas with broken hearts.~ Sometimes we just have to breathe. Take a breath. Step outside. Look into our children’s eyes.~ Wander a little. Look down. See the treasures they see. Enjoy the small things.~ Some days are just heavy. And lonely.~ It doesn’t have to stay that way though. Today we can choose to see the beauty. The gifts. The blessings.~ Today we can choose to see the world through their eyes.~ #bestill #dwell #still #breathe #parenting #savormotherhood #lucanehemiah #writermom #writer #writersofinstagram #author #rainbowbaby #baby #babywearing #hopewriters #mama #griefmama #griefjourney #mothering

Day 9_ #10thingstotellyou - My magical reset button is .... #writing - and sometimes that means getting away from the house. Sometimes that means sneaking in 20 minutes during naptime. Just writing whatever is on my mind. No to share it but to process it. That’s it. 💕 #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #hopewriters

#10thingstotellyou // Day 9 //
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My magical reset button is a quiet morning - just me, my cat, and a seat by the window - with a mug of hot coffee that slowly turns cold as I mull my things over.
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I learned that most of the time, I breathe incorrectly.. shallow and tight.. holding my breath.. creating stress for my body.. but this a moment where I was mindful.. breathing low and deep.. and letting go.. 🌿more of these moments..🌾more..🙌🏼
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My magical reset button is usually the beach (see post from #10thingstotellyou day one), but yesterday it was here. I sat at this table, basking in the sunlight, sipping a cup of çay, watching people, and listening to a street jazz performance (there was an upright bass!). I sat here and I wrote and wrote and wrote, putting words to things I didn't even realize were asking to be written. I had filled the pages until my hands hurt when my tea cup was at the last sip and the musicians packed their things and began walking away. That's when I knew I was done and could go on with my day: reset and refreshed (and in search of a washroom).
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@lauracthomas has some copies to give away. Head over to her profile for more details and a peek at her article in #iolamag.
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Is there something on your heart you’ve been longing to do? To try? Start?
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What you want is certainty. Answers. Assurance. Then you’ll do the thing.
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Am I right? (confession: totally wanted to type amiright? 🙃)
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But what if all you need is faith? Not answers?
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With faith comes great risk.
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When we trust we get to enjoy the ride without needing to know. We get to see that sometimes the end result isn’t the goal, but rather that growing along the way is.
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Here’s to all the unknown adventures ahead.


If you remember but one thing today -⠀
If you haven’t a moment to be still, to breathe, may just this one thought be granted rapture of your day...⠀

God delights in you.⠀
GOD delights in YOU.⠀
God DELIGHTS in you.⠀

We do not read of delight in His beautifully snow-capped mountain tops, or His swaying fields of fresh lavender. Though good, His delight falls not on glorious displays of His created. ⠀
That is, except for us. We do read of His great delight in us {Prov. 8:31, Zeph 3:17}⠀

So even if for a moment, may you let that simple grand truth dance around inside your soul today, penetrating dry and weary bones with lively exhale. ⠀

Unlike this world, His is not a performance-based acceptance.
If you do nothing “right” today-⠀
If you do nothing at all-⠀
If you do all things wonderfully brilliant-⠀
If you do all the things or none of them-⠀
If you do them well or terribly or somewhere in between-⠀
If you are His, know that He - the great and mighty King and Creator Lord - takes great delight.... in you. ⠀

Today and always.⠀

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We arrived in Genoa, Italy this morning and then took a boat to Portofino. The whole coast is dotted with beautiful buildings and a gorgeous coastline. Portofino is a colorful fishing village along the Riviera. We hiked up to a church and then to a castle where the views were phenomenal.
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After returning back to Genoa, we wandered around and found it to be dirty and unappealing 😐 Thankful we had a lovely time first in Portofino. We look forward to seeing more of Italy 🇮🇹

Trying to get up early for some quiet time each morning. This week I was successful one day. One.~ Trying to practice the art of rest throughout the week. To prepare my heart for Sabbath. To worship through the busy. To keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. To remember my purpose. To serve my family well. To love them with my best, my all. To pour out all of me so I can be filled with all of Him.~ All of my week leads up to one day of Sabbath, but not one day of worship. We must not let that be confused in our heads.~ We find Sabbath rest not because we deserve it. Or because we’ll die without it. We Sabbath because the Lord commanded it. He knows a little more than we know about our needs. He created us afterall. He created us with a need. A need to be emptied of self and filled with Him. A need to rest. To be renewed. To glorify Him. ~

It’s just a Thursday. We work and fix meals and run kids. Our minds never stop, always thinking of the next stop. But how is your heart? Where is your soul? ~

Can we, together, figure out this resting in Him thing? Can we rest our minds and hearts and worries and fears and trust in Him? Can we rest in the chaos throughout the week in preparation for Sabbath rest on the one day the Lord asks for it? ~

Learning Sabbath rest isn’t finished. It isn’t finished until we reach heaven and we receive true rest.~ But for now, in your ordinary Thursday, worship Him. Rest in Him. Thank for these precious, ordinary moments. Practice being still in His presence. Through the mundane. The chaos. The draining moments and the joy filled ones. ~
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Have you ever felt like you were falling? Without a parachute?
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Connie Carey knows firsthand about falling. Her insight comes not only from skydiving, but also from her own journey of healing from the loss of her father to suicide. . .
Connie helps others see that when heartbreak hits, it is possible to do more than just fall. You can "fall up". You can make it to the other side of grief stronger in your broken places. . .
Hope, healing and a touch of humor for hard times, especially for those who have lost someone to suicide.
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"A powerful resource for anyone facing grief and loss. Connie's story will bring encouragement and healing through practical steps and solid Biblical truths. A must-read and must-share!" - Sandra Stanley, North Point Community Church
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You can check out Falling Up: Lessons Learned on the Way Down by Connie Carey on AnchoringHope.com under Self-Help Books. (Link in profile)
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This is my magical reset button. /Day9. #10thingstotellyou #mannamoment #liturgy👊🏻

Yall, this book. It gives words to the aches + joys.
It has been a constant breath of life for me lately. When there are things that hurt that can’t lift so quickly, it becomes a quest for me to find the holy.

Yesterday I posted how I can see the light, but not feel it fully right now. Many of you shared you can relate. So how do we find a reset? Sometimes for me it’s less of a reset & more of a connect. Connecting to our Creator & just laying it all out before Him. He can handle our mess + stress. He sees us. He longs to wrap His arms around us & give us rest. Amen?

I’m no good at keeping secrets, but I’ve been keeping a secret for a while now that I’ve been wanting to share. I kept putting it off for one big reason.
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Fear is staring me right in my face.
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I’m afraid that God picked the wrong girl. I’m afraid He won’t come through for us. I’m afraid I’ll make mistakes. I’m afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone again. I’m afraid that girls will count on me and I’ll disappoint them. The fears keep coming like the news ticker that scrolls at the bottom of my TV. Most days, I feel incapable of leading the way, which is probably not something a leader should admit to the world.
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But you know what keeps me going?
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I keep moving forward knowing that there are girls out there who have been shunned from their family, kicked out of their homes and have nowhere to turn other than the streets or the slums.
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I continue to fight through my fears as I think about the girl who is terrified because she is carrying a child and can’t comprehend how she will provide for her growing family when she can’t even provide a meal for herself.
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I keep shoving my doubts to the side when I think of the girl who is thinking of self-aborting her child because she doesn’t have a safe place to live and raise a family.
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I press on thinking about that girl who has been raped yet blame is heaped on her for the pregnancy.
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I stop giving fear so much real estate in my heart when I hear about how prevalent child marriage still is in this country.
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I keep going for these girls.
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I’m collecting every piece of courage I can find and moving forward because there’s so much at stake. I will stay the course.
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So today I’m officially announcing to you the birth of The Zoe House. For the last nine months, I’ve been working with a team here in Uganda to bring this vision to life.
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The Zoe House will be a place of refuge for pregnant young women in Uganda who deserve an opportunity to stop living in survival mode and find freedom to flourish.
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