Monday, April 19, 2010

My Anchor Holds

A friend told me that her boat, anchored to the pier, was tossed to and fro in the strong winds.  Although the winds blew strong and hard against it, the boat never lost its anchor.  I identify with that boat as winds blow strong and hard in my life, the lives of family, friends, work colleagues, and more.  In the midst of the storms, I made the decision to live my life trading anxiety for Peace, self-reliance for Help, fear for Love, and turmoil for Comfort.  Once that  decision was made, I let down my anchor.  On days like today, I have to remember that I am anchored.  Gracious words, loving words, comforting presence came from various sources to remind I am grateful for:

#212  generous offer to borrow my friend's camera so that I could remember beautiful scenes in the mountains at the school nurse conference

#213  rich time of sharing with youth

#214  freedom to cry while informing fellow journey-ers about my current storm

#215  understanding more than ever that joy can exist within even when trouble stirs without

#216  decision to go after rest

#217  dinner with Mama

#218  greetings from cousin in town for a visit

#219  curiosity in the eyes of a precious six month old baby girl sitting on my lap

#220  conversations with young adult children

#221  hope that grows!

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:19, NLT)

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your list with us today, Donna. The Lord uses you so many times in my life to help me keep a proper perspective when I'm going through a trial of my own.

    Hope you have a wonderful remainder of the week...resting in Him.

  2. When I read Psalm 22 I am amazed at how Jesus' anchor held in the midst of the most intense suffering ever known to man. Suffering strengthens our faith and our increased faith causes the anchor to dig in deeper for the next battle we will face.~ Tears are a gift I think. I'm not afraid of tears because they are part of the healing and comforting process, and they are most definitley seen by God! Blessings Donna!

  3. Dianna and Stephani: thank you for consistent visits with pearls of wisdom and buckets of encouragement. May the Lord establish the work of your hands this week. I appreciate you!

  4. Hello Donna These thoughts I carry with me as life presents challenges and blessings ech day.
    God digs deep in us. With each digging, the soil of our soul is turned over, aerated where Spirit fills with sweet healing breath, ready to spring forth life.
    "But to you who fear my name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings" Malachi 4:2

  5. "You will be secure because there is hope" (Job 11:18) - thanks for the reminder in this post!

  6. Sue, such deep truths beautifully written. I hear...

    Rachel, thanks for visiting and sharing more truth!