As women, we are all unique, and yet we share common ground as we navigate the calm and the storms that life brings. Whether single, married, young or old, we desire this podcast to be a companion on your journey, a reminder of the Anchor available in every season of life. Through stories, teaching, interviews and panel discussions we hope to be a source of strength, encouragement, and community.
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Welcome to Anchors and Waves with me, Stacy Ludwig. We will meet twice a month, and talk about the ups and downs of life and how God is with us through it all. When we get together sometimes it will just be us, but most of the time I will have a guest. We will share our hearts as we discuss different topics, our individual journeys, and of course God’s goodness. My hope is that you might be encouraged, or challenged, or entertained, and most of all I hope you feel like you have a friend and you are a part of the community here at Anchors and Waves.
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Hey, I’m Stacy Ludwig! I just love meeting new people and learning about their unique stories and discovering our similarities. I am a wife to a marvelous man, a mother of three lovely children, a sister, a friend, an employee at an incredible organization, and a follower of Christ Jesus. Above all, I am a person, just like you, that has had some really good times and some really bad times. I want to take what I have learned through those times to help others, and I want to know what others have learned. So we can uplift each other and glorify God, as we move forward with the rest of our journey, together.
Today on Anchor + Waves, we join Stacy as she discusses four main points regarding God’s pursuit of us. Ponder how God’s pursuit for you started a long time ago and how God isn’t stopping. Stacy invites us to think about all that God has provided for us in His pursuit, and as we think about the fact that He is pursuing depth of relationship for our benefit; how will we respond to His pursuit today. We also have our fun segment, “I’m Diggin’ It” returning where Stacy and Kelly McSparran talk about finding more sustainable ways of doing things in their homes.
We have an incredible episode for you today here at Anchor + Waves. In this episode, we are joined by Kelly Brow, one of the hosts of the Mission Hills Bible Study Podcast. Listen in as Kelly and Stacy unpack the importance of studying God’s word. We’re also so excited to introduce another new segment today called, “I’m Diggin’ It” all about the things in life we’re enjoying right now. It could be a book, tv show, band, or anything in between! You won’t want to miss this.
We’re so excited to bring you the first full-length episode with Stacy Ludwig! In this episode of Anchor + Waves Stacy connects with Katherine-Claire Nynas. Katherine-Claire is a Texas-born/Colorado bred business owner, champion of women, and representative of Christ. Our wonderful new host dives in with some big topics including trusting in God’s timing and letting go of the mom guilt! Listen as they discuss how your faith and the associated challenges can evolve through each season of life.
Welcome back to our Anchor + Waves podcast. Today marks the start of our newly remodeled channel! Come listen in as we give you vision for what we’re hoping Anchor + Waves will look like moving forward. We have a new structure, a new release schedule, a new host (she’s pretty cool), some incredible guests, a few fun segments, and so much more! Listen in as we lay the groundwork for something that we think is going to be incredible.
THE QUARANTINE CHRONICLES
We have a big plan for where we want this channel to go in 2020, but with COVID-19, things are looking a little different and we couldn't just stay away from you all (pun intended). We're going to be launching two of these a week until life looks a little normal again. Some weeks will be Sharon, some will be Stacy, some will be them together, but each episode they will be quickly attacking a topic that is relevant to our times and situations right now! We have lots of guests, topics, and other fun things lined up for you while we social distance so, please, tune in!
We’re so excited to bring you today’s Quarantine Chronicles Episode here on Anchor + Waves. We hope that these short, raw, Zoom-inspired episodes have been bringing you joy during these weird times, here in 2020. Today, Sharon Sands connects with Lori Wildenberg, author of 5 books including “Messy Journey” and “The Messy Life of Parenting”! Listen in as they discuss their families, adjusting to new lifestyles, and the power that Jesus has in our lives!
We’re really excited to bring you another episode in our Quarantine Chronicles here on Anchor + Waves. These short, raw episodes we’re shooting with Zoom have proven to be some of our favorites so far. Today, we have our host Stacy Ludwig on the line with her sister, one of her four sisters, Amy Huffmaster. Tune in as they discuss parenting through this pandemic along with what homeschooling is like (we know a lot of you can relate). Don’t miss out on this great episode!
Thanks for tuning in for another raw, Zoom inspired episode of our Quarantine Chronicles. We hope you have been enjoying this thrown together season so far and we’re really excited to bring you today’s episode. Today, we have Sharon Sands with some really special guests; Kelly Brown and Kristy Allen. Kelly and Kristy are both on staff at Mission Hills Church with Sharon, and they are the hosts of the “Mission Hills Bible Study Podcat.” Listen in today as they discuss their hearts and passions for Jesus.
Welcome back to another one of our Zoom inspired, raw episodes of our Quarantine Chronicles. We hope that these fun, short episodes have inspired some joy and positivity in your lives throughout this strange season. Today, our host Stacy Ludwig connects with her good friend Erin Nelson. You won’t want to miss this one! Also, make sure you check out our show notes for a great liturgy that goes with this episode.
We’re bringing you a double episode week of the Quarantine Chronicles, here! Thank you for listening along to these raw, short, fun episodes as we tackle topics that are near and dear to our hearts in these uncertain times. Hopefully, we are bringing you some joy and positivity with these. Today, we have our host Sharon Sands and an awesome guest, Dawn Gould. Listen in today as Sharon and Dawn talk about neighborliness, life long friendships, and hope. We love you, Anchor + Waves Family!
Welcome back to another, fun episode in our Quarantine Chronicles here during this odd Spring of 2020. This series is focused on bringing you fun, short, interesting conversations centered around relevant topics from a myriad of interesting people! Today, we have our host Stacy Ludwig talking to her friend Jenna Hallock about home life, family, and how Jesus centers us during uncertain times (such as these). You won’t want to miss this one!
We’re so excited to bring you this short episode in our new series, the Quarantine Chronicles, here in this bizarre start to 2020. Sharon Sands is on the podcast today talking about things her family has experienced so far during the quarantine. There have been a lot of good and sweet times, along with trying ones as well. When you spend this much time together, as a family, it really brings relationships to new levels and brings out some incredible things in people. Listen in today for a peek behind the curtain in the Sands home.
We hope you’re enjoying these Quarantine Chronicle episodes here in 2020. These short, quick listens were designed with you in mind; little vignettes that deal with life in this unusual spring. Today, we have our very won Stacy Ludwig on Zoom with Alice Ludwig, who is located in New York. Listen in today as they talk through what life is like in one of the epicenter cities of COVID-19 during these strange quarantine times.
Welcome back to our second episode of The Quarantine Chronicles! We are really excited to bring you another fun zoom recording here in this weird time in 2020. Listen in today as Sharon and Dawna discuss developing a relationship in a hammock, dealing with the uncertainty of our current state of things, as well as holding fast to your faith! You won’t want to miss out on these short listens.
We have a big plan for where we want this channel to go in 2020, but with COVID-19, things are looking a little different and we couldn’t just stay away from you all (pun intended). Some weeks will be Sharon, some will be Stacy, some will be them together, but each episode they will be quickly attacking a topic that is relevant to our times and situations right now! We have lots of guests, topics, and other fun things lined up for you while we social distance so, please, tune in!
Join us this season as we sit down with some amazing mothers. We know that motherhood can have its ups and its down, its overwhelming joys and defeating travesties, and we are here with you through all of it. Listen in to these incredible women as they take us through their unique journey's of triumphs and failures all the while focusing on our Father in Heaven.
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves for our last episode in our Motherhood Series! If you haven’t caught up on the series, there are some amazing stories from every step along the way in the journey of Motherhood and we would highly recommend you go back and listen. Today, we have our very own Jacque Carlson on to talk about her journey with being a mom, as well as MomNation. MomNation is dedicated to encouraging, equipping, and empowering you in motherhood through the many stages of life. Come listen in today to hear Jacque and Sharon’s take on finding friendship and inspiration along the way, to be the best mom you can be.
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves for another episode in our Motherhood Series! We have had some incredible stories in this series so far, and we can’t wait to bring you this one. Today’s episode is for the every-day mom. This is for the moms that aren’t necessarily in a tragic place, or in a place of grief. We want to honor those moms that are grinding every day to provide a better life for their kids and teach them how to become like Jesus and join Him on mission. Join us today as Sharon and Jennifer talk about how motherhood impacts your hearts as women, what it reveals to you as women, and how it can play into marriage. Don’t miss this amazing conversation!
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves for our sixth installment in our Motherhood Series. Throughout this series, we’ve highlighted the family dynamics and archetypes of moms from a number of different scenarios and journies. Today, we have Jaime Meda back on the podcast. Listen in as Jaime and Sharon break down Jaime’s journey into motherhood, how our Father wove something beautiful into her life, and He’s continuing to weave beauty into her and her family every, single day.
Join us for another episode in our Motherhood Series, where Mission Hills member Joni Leahy shares openly about the unique challenges of parenting adult children. We’ll explore how our role changes throughout the different stages, from becoming an empty nester to mothering adult children and grandchildren.
We’re glad to have you back for our fourth installment in our Motherhood series, all about emphasizing the stories from Motherhood. We believe behind every mom is a story, and we can’t wait for you to hear Kristi Mitchell’s. Today’s story is something that not even the best Hollywood scriptwriters could have put together. The highs were so high and you can really feel yourself in the depths of this story. And, above all, God worked in the midst of everything to weave the pieces together. Worlds of tragedy and hope collide as Sharon and Kristi discuss everything from what it’s like to mourn to what joys it brings your heart to celebrate. You don’t want to miss this one.
Welcome back to our third episode in our Motherhood Series. We know that every mom has a story and we want to celebrate each and every one of them! Today, we have Mission Hills member Lori Plucker on the show. Lori bravely shares her unexpected journey of love and motherhood. Her story reminds us why it’s essential to listen to the Holy Spirit, stay true to ourselves, and faithfully believe that with every winter season, the spring will eventually come. Tune in because you won’t want to miss this one.
Motherhood Part.2 | Lisa Case, Kellie Stanton, and Jan Stanton and a Uniquely Woven Story of Adoption
We’re glad to have you back for the second episode in our Motherhood Series. Motherhood is a series that takes a look inside the nitty-gritty occurrences of motherhood. These episodes are taking a raw look at all kinds of family dynamics as well as highlight a bunch of different stages of being a mom. We know that every mom has a story and we want to celebrate each and every one of them! Today we have an incredible episode with Lisa Case, Kellie Stanton, and Jan Stanton. We’re going to highlight a story of adoption and an incredible story that has been woven together by God over 22 years, you won’t want to miss this one.
We are so excited to introduce to you our next series here on Anchor + Waves . . . Motherhood. We believe that behind every mom is a story, and we want to highlight those. Every step along the path, no matter how unglamorous they are. Throughout this series, we will be taking a look inside the nitty-gritty occurrences of motherhood. These episodes will take a raw look at all kinds of family dynamics as well as highlight a bunch of different stages of being a mom. We hope that you’re as excited as we are for this incredible 7 part series we have coming up!
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves and a very special Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s, in any walk of life, out there. Today we have a very special episode for you. We are kicking off a new series today, that’s still being developed, celebrating Moms. Motherhood is going to be a series that takes a look inside the nitty-gritty occurrences of motherhood. These episodes will take a raw look at all kinds of family dynamics as well as highlight a bunch of different stages of being a mom. Today we have Mandy Henry, who takes us inside her blended family. You don’t want to miss this series.
In this season we focus on female, Christian Athletes and how we have walked the path of finding our identity in being a daughter of Jesus Christ while the world has told us to find it in our skills as an athlete.
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Welcome back to Anchor + Waves for our final episode in our Identity Series. We’ve had basketball players, volleyball players, outdoors-women, coaches and everything in between. Today, we have a true athlete in every sense of the word joining us, Heather Hippensteel. Heather is a former collegiate diver turned Cross Fit Games champion. Listen in today as Colin and Heather talk about what it looks like to be raised in a Christian household and to firmly grasp your relationship with our Father. And if you’re looking for another fun episode, her dad (Dave Hippensteel) is on our Men’s Podcast, Uncharted, this week.
Welcome back for the eighth installment here for our Identity Series on Anchor + Waves. Today we have another, fellow, Colorado State University graduate in Alysia Kamrath. Alysia is a Colorado native through and through and a true, competitive, athlete in every sense of the word. Listen in Today as Colin and Alysia talk about the splendor of their King’s creation in their backyard along with what it looks like to push into Worship (outside of singing on Sunday mornings). You don’t want to miss this one!
Glad to have you back for another episode in our Identity series as we continue on, here on Anchor + Waves. This is a really exciting episode, as two extroverts rile each other up about Jesus. Colin sits down with Breann Fuller, a fellow Colorado State University Ram, a former collegiate swimmer, and current ministry junkie. Breann is full of joy and passion for the lord which you can almost feel throughout this interview. Colin and Breann talk about everything from what it’s like to get recruited, to dealing with injuries, to walking away from the Lord (because we ALWAYS think we can do it on our own . . .) and coming back to him with more fire than ever! If you’re sitting down when you start this episode, you won’t be by the end. Enjoy!
In today’s episode in our Identity Series of Anchor + Waves, we hear from Sarah Thoms, a passionate wilderness adventure-taking soul! She and her husband, Brad Thoms (take a listen on our Uncharted podcast), work with Lifelines, a college ministry that brings young adults to Christ through the outdoors.
Originally from Estes Park, Colorado, Sarah grew up in a home full of sports and the outdoors. As she learned to keep up with her brother’s competitiveness, performance quickly became her identity. Learn how she overcomes performance by finding her true identity in Christ, and the impact her story has in relating to students as she works to be on mission with Jesus.
We’re really excited for today’s episode in our Identity Series on Anchor + Waves as we have two staff members involved! Wren, whom you’ve been listening to, interviews our very own Katie DeClet. Whether you know Katie from her days in the youth department, the care and counseling center, or on the sports field heading up our co-ed sports and rec activities, she has an incredible passion about her. Listen in today as she and Wren talk about basketball, the development of faith (and what it really means to own that) along with carrying on through something as we add purpose to journeys in our lives. You don’t want to miss this one!
On today’s instalment of the Identity series here on Anchor + Waves, Wren sits down with Jess Safer from the Mission Hills Church Dove Valley Campus. Wren and Jess connected over their passion for Volleyball and connecting athletics to reaching people who might not feel comfortable setting foot inside a church. They see competitive relationship building as a comfortable way to connect with those that maybe don’t necessarily want to sit down and develop a relationship face to face. Jess talks about her influences growing up in her faith and what it looked like developing as a Christian athlete, and a few pitfalls along the way. Listen in as Wren and Jess take us through finding out who you are through Christ, and owning that identity.
We’re glad to have you back for the next episode of our Identity series here on Anchor + Waves. Today, Wren interviews one of her best friends she’s known since childhood, a true gym-rat, Amy Parkins. Amy grew up in a conservative Christian household in Texas, where athletics were encouraged and your personal relationship with Christ equally as important. Wren and Amy let you listen in to some awesome childhood stories, what it’s like being a mom, and growing into your faith. Listen in today to their conversation as we’re able to peer into this exchange between friends. It’s like we’re back in middle school and we’re the third connection on the phone as they discuss which NBA jerseys were in fashion, the important decision to switch from hats to visors, and instilling Christian values to your children.
Welcome to the first episode and interview from our Identity series. We will be releasing a new episode every Monday for the coming weeks here and we hope you love listening as much as we did capturing the stories here. Today, we have Wren Pauley interviewing Emerald Holden on to start things off. Emerald is a small town girl who grew up in Wyoming and passionately pursued running and the Lord throughout college and her adult life. Listen in today as she describes finding her actual roots while pursuing her passions and being a mom and a wife while maintaining her eyes on the end goal and filling up her passion bucket with what really matters.
We are so excited to bring to you a new series on Anchor + Waves called, “Identity”. This is going outside of what we’ve done so far, and we’re can’t wait to show it to you. This series is all about how people have experienced sports, recreational activities, or the outdoors in a significant way and how it’s played a role in their faith and identity. So over the next 9 episodes, we will be bringing you stories from athletes, outdoors-women, coaches, and everyone in between to inspire and encourage you to really lay a strong foundation in your faith that you can stand strong on. Listen in today as we get to know Wren Pauley and Colin McFarland, the two directors that will be taking you through this series.
LIFE ON MISSION
This is an ongoing series that we will periodically come back to
Church isn't just a building that you go to. We are the Church! in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus commands us to go out into all the nations and make disciples of them. Here at Mission Hills Church, we believe in helping people become like Jesus so that they can join Him on mission ESPECIALLY in the far reaches of the world. This season, we bring you stories of those that have gone into the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus! Join us and listen in to the incredible stories that these women have brought back with them.
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." | MARK 16:15
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves! We are sorry that we’ve been on hiatus but we’ve been busy setting up Bible Studies and small groups for over 1000+ women here at Mission Hills Church this fall– praise Jesus! Not of that would be possible without us becoming more like Him, and joining Him on mission. Speaking of mission, today we return to our Life on Mission series with our very own Danni Hauer. Listen in today as Danni shares with us how her trips, across the globe, have brought her closer to Jesus. Stick around until the end as well as we preview our 2019 Global Experience here at Mission Hills! You won’t want to miss this one.
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves! We really hope you enjoyed our Identity Series, and before we really kick-off our Motherhood Series, we’re going to take a little break and revisit our Life on Mission Series. Today we sit down with Danielle Mayén and learn about what it was like to live in Central America. Danielle revisits some of the trials and tribulations she faced, along with some of the momentous joys and peaks of her travels. Throughout her story, we can truly hear what it means to be on mission for Jesus, even when we’re not actively involved in ministry. His characteristics should be seen in every area of our lives and that’s exactly Danielle’s story. Listen in today, you won’t want to miss this one.
We are really excited to carry on with our Life on Mission Series. In this episode, we will be listening in on the team that was able to go over and serve with our partner in India in 2018. India is an incredible explosion of unfamiliar sights and sounds that really captivate the senses. Colin McFarland, our producer, who also lead this team, talks to Jaime Meda and Olivia Schneider about their time serving in an unfamiliar area, half a world away. Listen in today as they discuss breaking down barriers, stepping out of your comfort zone, and developing relationships that are deep and wide with people that don’t speak the same language. God is moving in India in big ways and we’re blessed that you are a part of that.
Welcome back for our second episode in our, “Life on Mission” series. Throughout this series, which will run indefinitely over the duration of this podcast channel, we will not only interview those going out on short-term trips. We will also be speaking with women who have lived abroad! We really love these stories because they are focused on spiritual growth, from those that are called to mission (as we all are)! Today, we hear from Kelly McSparran, our Communications Director here at Mission Hills, on her time in Peru. Kelly and her husband Ryan lived in Peru for a bit at the beginning of their marriage and learned lessons about being public with your faith, growing closer to God to solidify your marriage, and travel do’s and don’ts in an incredible part of the world.
We are so excited to launch our new series, “Life on Mission”. Craig Smith, our lead pastor, has charged the staff and congregation alike to live life on Mission with Jesus. It’s what we’re called to do! So, throughout the life of Anchor + Waves, we will be bringing you missional stories from our short term trips, our local partners, and our global partners alike! We will be focusing on what it truly means to serve, as He’s called us to do. In our kick-off episode here, we will be speaking with Jacque Carlson, Emerald Holden, and Karissa Kellerstrass about their recent trip to Colombia.
This is an ongoing series that we will periodically come back to
What does it really mean to consider your legacy? What should we consider when we think about that word? In this season we discuss what it looks like to finish our race strong, we have interviews with those that are looking back on life and reflecting on the legacy that they're leaving. Also, we have a discussion with a few young women who are just now blazing trails and leaving their marks on ministry, families, and friends.
Welcome back to Anchor + Waves as we go into Part 2 of our series on Legacy, following Part.1- our interview with Lawanna Busby St. Clair. Today we’re speaking with Breez Marker and Kristen Sands, two of our young adult leaders for our High School Bible study, “BRAVE”. Listen in as we discuss finding your voice amongst peers, walking with Jesus when it’s tough, and how to lean into your family in Christ.
We are so excited to bring you our two-part series on Legacy! It is truly a passion of ours that we reproduce the passion for Christ in each generation. Today we speak with Lawanna Busby St. Clair on what it means to make sure that what you’re handing off for the next generation is healthy, good, and Christ-centered. We want to pass along a vibrant, alive faith. Find your “soul-friends”.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR BIBLE
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We know that picking up your Bible can be intimidating if you don't know where to start. In this season, Sharon Sands and Janet Carter go through each section of the Bible and provide the history of the passages along with real-world applications that you can start using in your life today. Join us this season for a relaxed, deep run-through of this important text.
Today, on our last episode for 2018, we are turning back to our series, “Understanding Your Bible”. In this episode, Sharon and Janet break down Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes while we’re able to hear from some of the leaders of the Psalms Bible Studies we have going on at Mission Hills. The ladies discuss love stories, prophecy, and imagery that a Creative God uses throughout these incredible books. You don’t want to miss it!
Welcome back to our second episode in our series, “Understanding Your Bible”. In this episode, we’re really going to be reflecting on the history of the nation of Isreal, and really honing in on some key characters in this wonderful book’s development. As we weave through each book, and each historical character, just continue to remember – GOD IS THE HERO.
We are so excited to launch one of our first series, “Understanding Your Bible”. We know that this big book can be daunting, it can contain weird language and imagery, and we’re here to help. Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or you’re just now opening it for the very first time, there will be something for everyone. This first episode will cover the stories, themes, and characters from the first few books of the Bible as we press into the Books of History.
INTERVIEWS + MORE
This season is an assortment of interviews, discussions, and vision casting discussions that we are very excited to share with you.
Welcome back to our first episode of 2019! Today, we have the privilege of hearing from Lindsy Tucker. Lindsy is a worship leader at Truth Calvary Church in Denver who is passionate about communicating what it means to truly be a “worshipper”. Sharon and Lindsy discuss what it means to be a mom in uncharted territory, what it means to have those around you invest in you, and to run whole-heartedly after our Creator, every single day. Lindsy has an amazing story that she will take us through part of today in this episode, that we can’t wait for you to enjoy.
We are so excited to sit down with Shauna Chanda today on Anchor + Waves. Shauna is a good friend of Danny Oertli’s, here on staff, and she truly has an amazing story to share with us today. Please tune in as Shauna walks us through a few tragedies in her life, how she was able to rediscover her voice through those circumstances, and now desires that you are drawn a little nearer to the heart of God and are more aware than ever, of His passionate love for you!
Today on Anchor + Waves we welcome in Robbie Lobst. Robbie has experienced a tremendous amount of grief and death in her life but has always held fast to the one thing that remains; Christ. Listen today as we look at healthy healing, growing closer in your relationships, as well as relying on Jesus when everything around you seems to crumble.
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of interviewing two of our partners from Poland who work with Josiah Venture. In this episode, Iwona Eifling and Maja Kowalczuk share their personal journey’s and struggles as well as the amazing work God is doing, through them, today in Poland.
In this episode of Anchor + Waves, we’re getting to know Janet Carter, the Women’s Director here at the Mission Hills Littleton Campus. Janet is one of our reoccurring hosts (with Sharon Sands) and has an amazing passion and story to share with you today about getting to know the word of God and trusting in your experiences.
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