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Jesus is the Anchor for My Soul
The Stress of the Storm
"In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm." -Corrie ten Boom
Last week I faced a few storms of my own. The first storm was that all three of my kids got sick last week with (I'm assuming) the flu. They were out of school for 7 days. It was the worst round of flu my kids have ever faced. The second storm was problems on and off with the blog and things relating to it. The third storm was my kids acting up way more than they usually do. It was to the point where I almost grounded my son for two months. I wanted to pull my hair out. I joked with my friend about getting gray hairs from that stressful week and wouldn't you know... my husband found a gray hair last night. **Covers eyes in shame** I keep trying to convince myself that it was just a platinum blonde hair.
These trials in this one week seem really small but when you are facing the storm it feels much bigger than it is. Everyone experiences tests and trials. Some trials are worse than others.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Hebrews 6:19. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." God keeps us anchored. We are firm and secure in him. Though we go through tests and trials, we can trust that we are firm and secure. We can trust that God will bring us through and we will be much stronger on the other side. God didn't promise an easy life, he promised to help us through it. He is my anchor in the waves, when the waves come crashing down, and in the wind.
"Life has a way of testing our anchors and tempting us to drift. Nevertheless, if our anchors are correctly placed in the rock of our Redeemer, they will hold no matter the force of the wind, the strength of the tide, or the height of the waves." -Dieter F Uchtdorf
The Anchor Holds
Even though my kids were sick, my blog faced problems, and the kids were acting up God helped me through that trying week.
I could have lost my cool or I could have given up. But, instead, I prayed for forgiveness for feeling like I couldn't make it another day with the kids sick, I read my Bible every day for strength and gave it all to God to help me make it through.
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. (Hebrews 6:19)
In every storm, we need to remember that we can lean on God. We may feel alone and like we are carrying burdens by ourselves but he loves us and will be there for us through every test and trial.
The anchor holds in spite of the storm. When you feel like you're drowning in life always remember that your lifeguard walked on water. Jesus' love has always been my anchor. Without Jesus as my anchor, I'll go adrift. Jesus is the one who guides me and he never holds me down. I know that I will always have Jesus there with me no matter what.
Mightier than the waves of the sea is his love for you. -Psalm 93:4
He will never let you drown, he will never let you down. He loves his children with a steadfast, unconditional love.
When you go through trials and tests, turn to God and give it to him. Lay it at his feet and he will take the burden and guide you through the storm.
When we go through storms in life we need to remember that "It is well with my soul".
A book that I would love to get and read is Anchors for the Soul: Daily Wisdom for Inspiration and Guidance by Joyce Rupp. (Affiliate link) It has daily prayers and devotions among other things.
Do you feel that Jesus is your anchor?
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