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WGN TV's "Violent August in Chicago" video

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I rarely watch the news, not because I want to be uninformed or that I am unconcerned, but simply because I just can not take all of the reports of the violence in Chicago.  It’s not that I don’t care or want to be unaware, but what exactly are we supposed to do with all... Read more »

#BlackLivesMatter argument rears its head in my church

#BlackLivesMatter argument rears its head in my church
#BlackLivesMatter, the hashtag that can either show your loyalty or make others think you’re a faithless sellout. Never would I have categorized myself as the latter, but this is exactly what happened to me when the #BlackLivesMatter issue showed up in my church’s Praise Team private Facebook group. One of our members, my sister with... Read more »

Praying grandmothers, with love and power like no other

Praying grandmothers, with love and power like no other
If you don’t know about the power of praying grandmothers, then you definitely need to keep reading, because praying grandmothers can change the world. They are women with strength unlike others because they can make you the best meal you ever had, discipline you in love whether words or deeds, or find a peppermint buried... Read more »
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Memories of domestic violence are hard to forget

Memories of domestic violence are hard to forget
It’s an ordinary day. The washing machine is whizzing. The kids are singing and playing as we go through the frantic morning routine of getting ready for school, while the news replays the latest tragedy until I just tune it out. Instead, I begin to focus on all the things I have to do in... Read more »

Christians and the same-sex marriage ruling

Christians and the same-sex marriage ruling
At the expense of being asked to step out of leadership at my church, or who knows what else, I’m going to voice my opinion on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.  I want to say that it “amazes me” how close-minded people are, but that would not be true because I don’t find... Read more »

From brokenness and bitterness to forgiveness—the best advice I ever received

From brokenness and bitterness to forgiveness—the best advice I ever received
My life almost thirty years ago now today almost seems unreal. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that the woman I am now was the young, naive girl I was then. When I think of my childhood of happy moments playing in my backyard laying in the grass watching the clouds pass by, I... Read more »
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From domestic violence to DePaul University graduate--it was the day that changed my life.

From domestic violence to DePaul University graduate--it was the day that changed my life.
Today is a foggy day in Chicago. And whenever that happens, I can’t help but remember the day I’ll never forget. We all have that one day when something so magnificent, so marvelous, so mind-blowing happens that you know you will never forget it. Well, mine wasn’t the first two. Mine was awful. It was... 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 »

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 »
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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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    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. The Salvation Army Kroc Center is my church home where I not only teach Adult Sunday school classes, but I also sing on my church's Praise Team alongside my daughters, under the direction of my husband who is our leader. 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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