Hello and welcome to Front Porch, Inspired.
I’m Anne, and I am glad you’re here. This is where I string together words about “embracing the everyday divine” – or the intentional surrender of everyday living for sacred purposes. And, I write about getting your heart messed up, broken up, and changed up for good – as in forever and for God’s glory.
Here are the main topics included on this blog:
missional living & ministry
In 2009, God took us from a crazy idea to a community ministry and my husband, Jay, and I founded a Christian non-profit called The Bridge of Storm Lake. This is why you’ll read here about missional living, leadership in ministry, building relationships, social justice, working cross-culturally, advocacy – and the challenge of attempting it in small town Iowa. Our home is a neighborhood center, often filled “holy chaos” (which just means for real, utter chaos that we’re praying God redeems for His glory.)
adoption, foster care, & bio babies
Our family has been built though international adoption, foster care, and plain ol’ pregnancy. To be clear, you’ll
never read a post here on “5 ways to parent better” because I don’t have it figured out. I do write on our adventures of crossing cultures (3 cultures in our family, to be specific), promoting healing from hard places, and engaging in connected parenting methods. My husband, Jay, is my favorite and forever best friend, my steady partner. Top it off, he does the laundry and nicely reminds me to eat and feed the kids (because they eat three times a day, you know) when I’m especially deep in a project.
language & writing, God’s Word, & the Word
I teach (TESOL & Writing) at a community college and have an MA in the Teaching of Languages. I can get nerdy about sociolinguistics and language acquisition research, but my lifelong fascination is the divine gift of language evidenced in humans as well as God’s language and lingo in the Bible. The pure wonder of this will forever captivate me: humans speak, in the beginning God spoke the world into being, and eventually the Word “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1). Thus, writing is my worship, my response, and my art; words are to me what clay to a potter, and I’m happiest when elbows-deep in them, crafting stories that point to the marvel of the Word.
I contribute regularly to sites like Internet Cafe Devotions and iBelieve.com. My blog is featured on iBelieve.com, Crosswalk.com, and Truli.net. Other pieces that I’ve written have been published on Day Spring, (in)courage, SheLoves, The High Calling, and Laundry Moms. To see a complete list, visit my Writing page.
Right now, I’m working on a longer project in addition to this blog which I hope to share about sometime. Eventually. Like when I get enough courage built up.
You can expect 1-2 new blog posts a week around here about the topics above. In addition, occasionally I do a Book Journey on a particularly thought-provoking book. Each week, I post a summary of a couple chapters as well as discussion questions each week. These run about a month. For more info on Book Journeys, please visit this page.
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