Anchored Press friends!! Oh, how I’ve missed you all! For those who didn’t catch my last post (two months ago!), we moved to Oregon the beginning of June! We've enjoyed a beautiful summer and I've had time to realize that this journey God has our family on actually began a full year ago. He started planting seeds—one by one—until He got our entire family’s attention. And now here we are expectantly waiting to see how God is going to use each of us in this beautiful place!
As I’ve been processing this past year, I’m reminded of how patient God is as He waits on us to move. Not just a move to another state; it could be moving in anything, really. He doesn’t pressure. He doesn’t push. He simply plants and waits. And now that I’ve started to garden, even a rookie gardener like me knows if you want something to grow you should plant it in good soil. I also know you have to remove some of that good soil, in order to plant something new. And when I reflect on the past five years of this Anchored Press journey, I see that’s exactly what God is doing. Oh, how he prepared my soil—with the nourishment I found in His Word He gave me words—words I pray have drawn you closer to your Savior. As I would sit down each year writing and planning for the next, the words would always flow from Him, along with the creativity and vision for the business.
But as I prepared for 2020, it was different.
The words just weren’t coming as easily. It felt dry. I couldn’t even explain it. Other than the fact that it felt like God was taking out some of that good soil to make room for something new. Then came the move which took most of my attention away from Anchored Press, at which point I heard God so clearly ask me to lay Anchored Press down for the month of June. Then it was the month of July. Then I felt like He was stringing me along, when really, He was stringing it all together.
I’ve spent the past five years pouring into Anchored Press and now He’s made it clear it’s time He pours into me. He’s asked me to put a pause on the Anchored Press Devotional Planner and has lead me to pursue my Masters at Seminary! I couldn’t be more excited! It’s truly been a dream of mine, but the timing never felt right. But now, it feels so right and feels so God.
So for those of you who don’t think they can live without their Anchored Press Planner, what are you going to do? Well, first off, thank you!!! Thank you for entrusting me over the years to fill your souls with His Word and some of the words He gave me to give to you! For many of you, this would be your 5th Anchored Press Planner. This puts the biggest smile on my face but also makes me teary thinking I’m letting y’all down. Since the Daily Planner for 2020 is nearly completed, I am looking into the possibility of offering it as a Digital Download. Sadly, I barely scratched the surface on the Weekly, so that’s not a digital option for 2020. But I will keep you posted on this!
BUT, this is NOT the end of the story for Anchored Press! I actually look at it as the beginning, the beginning of something God wants for all of you! I will be coming out with more products, just not time sensitive products (oh man, staying on top of dated material is no joke!!). My mission stays the same—products that draw you into God’s Word, into a deeper communion with Him. My goal will be to have a small line ready by Christmas, while also trusting God's timing for all of it.
Lastly, I am beyond excited to share our life in our new town, as well as my seminary journey with all of you! Knowing that I don’t have to keep my social media squares perfectly polished to reflect my pretty brand makes me SO excited to keep growing this community authentically, organically and all for His glory!
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
ISAIAH 55:10-11 NIV