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Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood: Day 3 Pray Chicago community in focus

Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood: Day 3 Pray Chicago community in focus
On Wednesday, September 7th, I attended an event called Pray Chicago where people of all ages, colors, and denominations joined together with one focus, and that is to pray for the city of Chicago. It was a powerful, heart stirring event.  Afterwards, participants had the opportunity to sign up to pray for all 77 neighborhoods... Read more »

Heal your heart, practice forgiveness

Heal your heart, practice forgiveness
Recently a dear friend betrayed me by creating all kinds of chaos, drama, and distrust within my family.  As a mom of six daughters, that’s not too difficult to do with our feelings as fragile and frayed as our skirts and dresses. A peaceful, pleasant, family occasion turned ugly with people using “fighting words” which,... Read more »

Part 2 of the Exercising Your Faith Series

Part 2 of the Exercising Your Faith Series
Exercising your faith: a completely different concept on the way to improve your health. You can find any number of workouts for your body, but very few that tell you how to weather the storms in life. What do you do when that job you’ve been desperately waiting on just doesn’t come through? What do... Read more »
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Faith and fitness, the perfect blend

Faith and fitness, the perfect blend
You can train the body, and you can do exercises for your mind. But, what I’ve found is that faith and fitness is the perfect blend. I didn’t always emphasize the spiritual aspect of diet, nutrition, and exercise. I mean, I loved God, but my focus on my “spirit man” was like a mint the... Read more »

Exercise your faith: 3 ways to build spiritual muscles--Part 1

Exercise your faith: 3 ways to build spiritual muscles--Part 1
We exercise to improve our heart health and we lift weights to build and tone our muscles. But what about our spiritual walk? What do we do to stay hopeful, encouraged, and faithful when it seems as if God isn’t listening or answering our prayers? We may feel despair, dejected, and plain old depressed. But... Read more »

Did you know there is a $68 million church on the South Side of Chicago?

Did you know there is a $68 million church on the South Side of Chicago?
You may not know or believe it, but there is actually a $68 million state-of-the-art facility and church in the West Pullman area on the South Side of Chicago! You may be like me and never even knew such a place existed, but it’s true, and it’s real, and it’s beautiful, and now I’m even... Read more »
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Are you responsible for crime in Chicago?

Are you responsible for crime in Chicago?
Everybody knows about Chicago’s astronomical crime rates, but have you ever stopped to consider if you are responsible for crime in Chicago? Gang crimes and miscreant youth wreak havoc on our city making our Magnificent Mile less than majestic. This gains national media attention and Rahm immediately puts plans in action to keep violent kids... Read more »

17-year-old Cook County inmate hangs himself, my student

17-year-old Cook County inmate hangs himself, my student
The 17-year-old Cook County inmate who committed suicide by hanging himself was my student. Nothing hurts worse than to find out bad news about someone you knew or someone you loved. And yet, in spite of all the headaches, grief, and high blood pressure medication I suffered at the hands of Tyshawn Carter, for me,... Read more »

Miracles: Do you believe?

Miracles: Do you believe?
You’ve heard the songs, the stories, and the tales. It’s the classic testimony in “Amazing Grace” sung by everyone from The Queen of Soul legend Aretha Franklin to Queen of Country, Dolly Parton. We all know how it goes: “Amazing grace. How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost.... Read more »
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5 Reasons Preachers of LA Shame the Church

5 Reasons Preachers of LA Shame the Church
Two episodes out and it’s disgraceful, literally, how Oxygen’s Preachers of LA shame the church. There are many ways they do this, but here are five I’ve seen. What are your thoughts? 1. On the first episode, how on earth could Bishop McClendon sit up there and act the way he did toward his brother Deitrick Haddon?... Read more »
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    Elana Anthony

    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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