Posted by admin

Remember God.

on July 18, 2017 in Dreams Coming True, Nash-livin' with 4 comments by

I have a couple of memories of this career, this season of my life, this calling, this thing I do, that I know will never leave me.

And teaching at Cross Point Church on Sunday will absolutely be one of them.

This has been my home church since 2011- so to be able to share part of my story and what God has done for me, from that stage, in such a special season for our church, was truly more than I could have asked or imagined.

And someday soon (on a podcast of course) our new pastor Kevin Queen and I will tell you the whole story of how he got here and what this means for Nashville, our church, and my life personally. (Repeat: more than I could have asked or imagined.)

And yes. I wore my glitter heels. DUH I DID. I won’t lie, it was borderline brutal, but always worth it.

If you were unable to see me preach when they streamed it live on Sunday, here is the message! Feel free to share it with people in your life that need just a gentle reminder that God is who HE says He is.

. . . . .

Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.

. . . . .

. . . . .

(I’d also like to say that there were a couple of my people who really spoke into this message and made it right. It takes a village, and in my village are some incredibly smart people who love communicating well about God. I’m the luckiest. So thanks to those who walked with me to that stage, whether you were in the room or not.)

. . . . .

That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 42: Sadie Robertson

on June 15, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 3 comments by

This gal. She is just the dearest. She is everything you expect a 20 year old to be, but also SO MUCH MORE. I’ve been getting to know her for the last year over text, but this podcast was our first time sitting down in the same room. And what a treat. I hope you’ll enjoy it and be just as impressed as I am with Sadie! (And you’re just going to love her. What a joy explosion she is.

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links to the stuff we talked about on the podcast!

(Thanks for doing all this, Haile! You’re amazing.)

– Sadie Robertson

Duck Dynasty

Alex Seeley

Live Original

Live Original (book)

Rebekah Lyons

Lipscomb

Winter Jam

Passion City

Plankton

Woman Bleeding and Touching Jesus story

Priscilla Shirer

Church of the City

Chris McClarney

Dancing with the Stars

Franklin Juice

Frothy Monkey

That Sounds Fun Weekend

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

Isn’t She Fun!

on June 13, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Oh y’all.

The That Sounds Fun Weekend 2017 is about six weeks away and I am CRAZY EXCITED. Don’t you know that I cannot think of anything more fun than inviting my friends to come spend a weekend with me in Nashville! I am so pumped about it. Last year was AMAZING and this year is shaping up pretty legit too.

Our special guests are lined up (you can see them here… almost all of them at least… still one more announcement to come!), the swag bag is coming together beautifully, and all the VIP tickets are sold out. (But don’t panic, there are still a handful of regular tickets available!)

And this week we get to do one of my VERY FAVORITE THINGS- give away some tickets to some deserving and fun women!

Somebody come to mind? Is there a friend or a family member that you KNOW wants to come to the weekend but doesn’t have a ticket yet? Enter them into the contest!

The contest totally runs over on INSTAGRAM, so make sure you post there.

Here’s all you have to do!
1. Post a pic on Instagram of a woman in your life that deserves a free ticket to the weekend!
2. Tell us what makes her SO FUN and why she should get a ticket!
3. Make sure you tag me @anniefdowns
4. Include the hashtag #tsfweekend2017 (we already have some amazing entries!)

You have until midnight Friday (6/16) and we’ll read all the stories over the weekend and then pick FIVE fun women to join us July 28-30!!

EEEK! So grab a pic of your friend you KNOW wants to be here for #tsfweekend2017, post it on insta, and tell us all about her!

…..
A few details:
• the ticket is free, travel and lodging aren’t included
• make sure your Instagram is public or we won’t be able to see!
• you have one week to convince us YOUR pal should be our gal.
• follow all the rules!
• this contest is on Instagram only, so you gotta post here!
…..
Good luck and can’t wait to see which of y’all will be joining us in July!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼
#tsfweekend2017

That Sounds Fun Episode 39: SheReadsTruth + Romans

on May 25, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by


Y’all know I love bringing those SheReadsTruth gals onto the show whenever a new big study is releasing! I’ll be honest with you, I was skeptical about spending 6 weeks in Romans, but these people convinced me. So I’m in. Listen to our conversation and then I bet you’ll want to join me.

And this episode is extra double fun because:

a) they brought Russ Ramsey with them too!

b) they are offering a SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE just for you guys!!

For starters, today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), all shipping on the site is freeeeee. So that’s a bueno bonus.

But. Just for us…..

Use the code ANNIE10 and get 10% off anything you order from the SheReadsTruth shop! They have family packs for the new Romans study, and lots of past studies that you could stock up for the fall or get as gifts, like the adorable SHE shirt.

So that’s cool. And I think you’re going to love what Russ and Amanda and Raechel have to say about the book of Romans, the author Paul, and Italian cheese. 🙂

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!


Here are the links to the things we talked about in the episode!

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Souvenir

– She Reads Truth

Amanda Bible Williams

Raechel Myers

Russ Ramsey

He Reads Truth

Kids Read Truth

Beth Moore

Entrusted

Parmesan Cheese Wheels

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church

Nate Shurden

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church

New Kids on the Block

Boyz II Men

Paula Abdul

She Reads Truth Store

That Sounds Fun Weekend

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

Parnassus Books

Chris Stapleton

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

 

That Sounds Fun Episode 38: Andrea Lucado

on May 18, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Dre and I have been great friends for what feels like a million years… probably closer to 7 or 8. As you will hear in this conversation, she and I jump right in and talk about all the things- funny and serious and important and absolutely not important. 🙂

If you have a single woman in your life, this may be a good episode to share with her. Because at one point, Dre and I definitely forgot we were recording and just went for it. So. Enjoy that. 🙂

Her new book English Lessons is absolutely one of my favorite reads of 2017. I’m gifting it to A LOT of friends this year and I bet you will too once you read it!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here’s a list of all the stuff we talked about in this episode!

Steven Curtis Chapman

Danielle Walker

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Souvenir

The Ryman Auditorium

– Andrea Lucado

Max Lucado

English Lessons

Fixer Upper

Air B&B Link!  (I knew you could find it, Haile!!)

Letting the land lie fallow

Oxford University

Oxford Brookes University

University of Edinburgh

Lady Antebellum

Jon Acuff

Looking for Lovely

Rebekah Lyons

That Sounds Fun Weekend

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

That Sounds Fun Episode 37: Steven Curtis Chapman

on May 11, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Y’all. This one. Such a special day. I’ve been a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman for YEARS- truly years. So to get to sit down with him for the podcast was incredibly special. His new book, Between Heaven and the Real World, is an amazing read about an equally amazing career, with many honest spots of vulnerability and pain.

Hope you enjoy this episode (sorry I cried) and grab a copy of his book for yourself!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

– Steven Curtis Chapman

Between Heaven and the Real World

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Opryland USA

Grand Ole Opry

Tennessee Titans

Nashville Predators

Sparrow Records

Word Records

Colony House

Kings of Leon

The Mountain

– Choosing to SEE

Looking for Lovely

The Ryman

Sam’s Place

Tom Ryman

Union Gospel Tabernacle

Nashville Now Show

Faith Hill

Rascal Flatts

Love and Theft

Hillary Scott

Matthew West

Holly Williams

Craig Morgan

Ray Stevens

Ronnie Milsap

NEEDTOBREATHE

When You are a Soldier

Scott Sauls

Heaven in the Real World

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

Mother’s Day For All The Women In Your Village.

on May 9, 2017 in Single Stuff with 4 comments by

Celebrate All The Women In Your Village
It’s the week of Mother’s Day, which is a surprisingly complicated holiday for it’s simple title.

You can correct me, but I honestly don’t know another day that can elicit such a variety of emotions in women- ecstatic joy for some, deep heartbreak for others, disappointment, happiness, a literal cornucopia of feelings. And I get it.

Usually Mother’s Day is specifically meant to celebrate biological/adoptive moms and grandmothers. And they deserve it! But aren’t there more “mothers” than that?

Who is a mother? Who mothers?

I watch my friend Katy be an amazing aunt to her brother’s kids. Katy mothers their little lives, alongside their amazing mom.

I watch as my friend Logan and her family invite single women in to live with them for seasons of time. Logan mothers those young women and those young women mother Logan’s kids.

One of my best friend’s daughter said to me, “you’re the best friend a five year old girl could ask for.” I’m not her mama, but I’m a mothering voice… and, apparently, the best friend a five year old girl could ask for. 🙂

. . . . .

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mother’s Day and my single friends, and myself, who do not get to celebrate it. Here’s what I know from my own life and the life of my friends, both married and singles- so many families DEEPLY love and appreciate the single women who invest in the lives of their children, and SO many singles get joy and life from spending time with families.

. . . . .

It takes a village, right?

I know that was true back in the days when we were all actually living in villages, but I think it’s still true today. I see it in my own story, the way I can pop over to Luke and Heather’s house and play with the girls while Heather finishes up dinner, or how God uses Annie’s kids to remind me of how good my life is. About once a week I FaceTime with my friends in Texas and the little girls and I chat and play games while the parents get some minutes to talk like adults.

Life in a village isn’t just about helping the families.

Villages are built to help those with family 

AND be family for those without.

I just wonder if this year, if Mother’s Day 2017, could be the year that you celebrate ALL the mothering voices in your village?… including the single women who aren’t mamas but have a mother’s heart, that haven’t birthed a kid, but birth joy and fun and rest in your home and in the lives of your children.

Who is she?

  • Your babysitter?
  • Your best friend?
  • Your sister?
  • Your next door neighbor?
  • Your kid’s swim coach?
  • Your kid’s teacher?
  • The volunteer at church?

And what does it look like to celebrate her?

For my birthday last year, my favorite four year old dude drew me a picture. It’s me and a huge soccer ball (he knows me well), and my mama friend asked her son to answer a handful of questions about me. You know, one of those cute fill-in-the-blank things that every pre-school class does.

It’s super common, probably every mom has one, but I didn’t.

And it hangs in my office, proudly displayed. I love it so so much.

. . . . .

It doesn’t take much to put hope in the heart of a woman who wants to be a mom someday.

I don’t speak for every single woman and I am not the spokesperson for singleness. But please trust me when I say that for a family to notice you, love you, celebrate you as a vital part of their village? It matters far deeper than you can even know. My village does this really well for me- it has been insanely life-giving to be called “family” by kids AND parents that aren’t my biological family and to be included and celebrated in that way. I’m so so thankful.

Families have an amazing opportunity this week to offer HOPE and LOVE to single women who may feel a lack or heartache around this holiday.

So on Mother’s Day, will you please look around your village? Don’t just look up and down your family line (but definitely celebrate your mama too!). Look to the left, to the right, look all around your village for single women who are partnering with you and mothering your children alongside you.

Thank God for her, the one who stands by you and loves your littles and has the heart of a mama.

And in some small but special way, celebrate her.

. . . . .

[reposting this from last year because it still feels very very true to me. amen. happy mother’s day week, friends.]

That Sounds Fun Episode 35: Book Writing

on April 27, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

We got so many emails from friends who want to write a book or think about writing a book and just don’t know how to start. Guess what? I DIDN’T EITHER. But now I do…. well, sorta. I know enough to try to help some of you writer friends not make the mistakes I did at the start.

While this is only one author’s opinion, I sure hope it is helpful to you!

To hear this conversation between myself and our favorite Eliza, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links to the things we talked about in the episode!

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Slack

Barnabas Piper

B&H Publishing Group

Wild and Free

Seth Godin

Zondervan

Rewrite

She Speaks

Yale

Harvard

Shauna Niequist

Cold Tangerines

Tribes (by Seth Godin)

Pokemon Coloring Page

Atlanta Braves

Dansby Swanson

Gary Thomas

Ellie Goulding- Army

Matt Wertz

Andrew Peterson

Coke Icees

That Sounds Fun Weekend Tickets

Dave Barnes

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

That Sounds Fun Episode 34: Tsh Oxenreider

on April 20, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

I really love Tsh. She has been a good friend to me for many years and a total mentor when it comes to being an author and internet-y person. She writes some of my favorite stuff, including her book Notes From A Blue Bike and the newest one (that just released this week!) called At Home In The World. When she told me they were taking their family around the world for a year, I didn’t think she was crazy. I thought, “sounds like something they will do really well.” And sure enough, they did.

Tsh and I talk about all sorts of life things (including enneagram DUH) and her family and her life and the year they will never forget. Hope you love this one!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links to the things we talked about in the episode!

– Tsh Oxenreider

The Art of Simple

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

At Home in the World

Enneagram

–  The Simple Show

This American Life

Ira Glass

Popcast

Digital Nomads

Location Independent

Organized Simplicity

Blue Bike

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Jon Acuff

Scott Sauls

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

That Sounds Fun Episode 33: Barnabas Piper

on April 13, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Barnabas Piper. Y’all are gonna love this guy. Smart. Funny. Loves Jesus. Doesn’t mind bossing me around. 🙂 Our kind of people.

Barnabas writes a lot- three books so far plus countless articles and many tweets that you will certainly enjoy- and his new book, The Curious Christian, is one of the best I’ve read this year. I totally loved having him on the podcast (you can see proof of our friendship and interview here on instagram) and I think you’ll enjoy our conversation and get hooked on his books and podcasts as well!

To hear our conversations, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

– Barnabas Piper

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Russ Ramsey

– The Curious Christian

Israel Collective

– Elliot Chodoff

The Wailing Wall

Shabbat of a Lifetime

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Garden Tomb

Sevier Park

Burger Up

Edley’s BBQ

Frothy Monkey

Portland Brew

B&H Publishing

Lifeway

The Happy Rant

The 5 Leadership Questions Podcast

John Mark Comer

Podcast page!

Rate/review this podcast!

Subscribe to this podcast!

Page 1 of 17712345»102030...Last »
Get a sneak peek of Annie’s latest book! Click the link to download two free chapters of Let’s All Be Brave.