The Anchor

il_340x270.465914275_q1b1The interesting thing about an anchor is that it steadies and secures something that is unmoored – something that is adrift. It can take an object that is aimlessly floating through a vast expanse of water and control the distance that it is able to stray. An anchor is strong, sturdy, and unwavering. An anchor will hold fast to an object no matter what storms are thrown its way. You can’t see the anchor, but the anchor is there.

I am thankful for the strong and secure hand of Jesus present in our lives.

I am thankful that Jesus is unwavering.

I am thankful that Jesus holds us steady when life’s storms try to tear us apart.

I am thankful that God controls our future.

I am thankful that God holds us close.

I am thankful that we do not have to float aimlessly any longer.

I am thankful that God is my anchor. My ever-present hope.

“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

Keep Shining

Today there is someone out there that is carrying a burden of unforgiveness so heavy that they can barely put one foot in Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 9.10.15 PMfront of the other. It is growing day by day into a malignant force within you that will soon strangle all of the happiness within your soul. It will make you stop shining. Don’t let it. Don’t stop shining! In the book of Philippians Paul and Silas were stripped of their clothes and beaten with rods all whilst the townspeople taunted them relentlessly. When an earthquake hit in the middle of the night these two disciples could have made an easy break for it. They could have escaped. But they stayed. They stayed and forgave the man that stripped them. The man that beat them and publicly humiliated them. The man that relentlessly taunted them. They stayed because God’s work was more important. They were that Kingdom focused. Their act of forgiveness painted a beautiful portrait of God’s love to a man in need of hearing the gospel, which in turn led him and his entire family to Christ. Whatever has hold of your thoughts and emotions today – let it go. Don’t let it win. Forgiveness will release the pain that has festered inside of you for so long. Forgiveness will allow Christ to work within you in ways that you could have never imagined. It may be your opportunity to share an amazing testimony that leads someone to Christ. God wants you to shine for him. He wants you to shine BIG.