Posts tagged "faith"

5 habits I plan to never break

5 habits I plan to never break
This year will be twenty years since I graduated from DePaul University with a degree in English and Communications. I had no idea exactly what I planned to do with my degree, but I knew I wanted to be wildly successful. By my own estimation of comparing my piddly income versus my student loan debt,... Read more »

Heartbreaking video of father explaining Paris attack to young son strengthens my faith

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In a world where the news is bombarded with terrorist attacks and inexplicable acts of violence toward innocent children who suffer nonsensical murders, as a mother, and as a Christian, you can’t help but be at a loss for words when trying to make sense of this for your children and have your faith rattled.... Read more »

Help! My college bound kid is stressed out...and so am I!

Help! My college bound kid is stressed out...and so am I!
This is my third daughter’s senior year, and she’s stressed out trying to get into college, and so am I.  I wish we were like all the other cool, “together” families that have already gotten their acceptance letters and offers, but we are not.  I do a great job keeping myself encouraged and hopeful for... 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 »

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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Stuck in a Rut? Three Simple Steps to Uplift Your Spirits

Stuck in a Rut? Three Simple Steps to Uplift Your Spirits
Every season, without fail, there’s a workout to help get your body in shape to match the weather. There’s the how-to-get-bikini-abs-for-summer workout, or the how-to-get-those-thighs-in-shape-for-leather-weather, and so on and so forth.  Partially practical. Interestingly intriguing. And may be mildly motivating for some, and wildly so for others–and that’s great. In a world where we have more... Read more »

Weary in well doing: A spiritual workout for the worn out

Weary in well doing: A spiritual workout for the worn out
We’ve all been there. The place we get where that mustard seed of faith seems to have dwindled away into pixie dust. You think, “Maybe I just don’t have the faith to believe anything.” This typically happens at times in life when God’s silence can just be deafening and the more you want an answer,... Read more »

F.I.T. in the Lord with faith-inspired training

F.I.T. in the Lord with faith-inspired training
I’ve learned the secret to being healthy and that is: when you F.I.T. in the Lord with faith-inspired training,  you become healthy from the inside out. There is an old expression that simply states, “Live as if you will die tomorrow, but plan as if you will live forever!” How do you do this? By investing... 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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