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Hebrews 6
"13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."

Acts 27
"29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. 30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved."

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I grew up in a dysfunctional home, only back then I didn't know what that meant. I thought everyone lived like I did. (Thank God I found out different!) When I was fifteen one of my best friends was killed in a plane crash. At age eighteen, my fiancÚ inducted me into a church that believed everything is wrong. Women were not supposed to cut their hair, wear makeup, pants or jewelry (except for a watch or wedding band). It was a sin to have a TV, go to a movie, go bowling, skating or go to the fair and even drinking coffee and coke was frowned upon by my pastor. I was totally confused and almost had a nervous breakdown. I eventually worked it out with much prayer and study. (Friends, God put everything good and clean thing here for us to enjoy in moderation and without offence!) I lost my only brother to Hodgkin's disease when I was twenty-one. At age twenty-three I was in a car wreck, had 37 stitches in my face, broke my arm and had hip surgery. I've lost all my grandparents and six aunts and uncles. Fifteen years ago my dad died unexpectedly from a heart attack. Ten years ago I lost another good friend to leukemia. And just last year I watched my mother struggle with her last breath after a severe stroke. On top of all this, I've had eight surgeries and been hospitalized eleven times.

How have I survived all this chaos in my life? I'm anchored! I honestly do not know how people who are not anchored in Christ face sickness let alone death. If you are not anchored, you have no hope. If there is nothing after death, why live through all the bad times. I've had many, many good times. I wouldn't trade my children and grandchildren for a perfect life! (If there were such a thing.) Everyone has hardships, some more than others. Everyone faces hard trials. I firmly believe our trials make us stronger. But for those anchored in Christ, it is much easier to get through the storms. In the above scripture taken from Acts 27, Paul was a prisoner aboard a ship in the middle of a storm. He warns the guards that the only way they can be saved is if they remain in the ship. The only way we can be saved is if we remain anchored in Christ. The only way we can make it through the storms of life and all the dark nights that seem like they will never end is to hold on to the anchor! Daylight is always just a prayer away. Read what the apostle Paul says about his perils:

2 Corinthians 11
22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

My list of storms and perils seem to pale in comparison with Paul's. Paul said if he must glory, he would glory in his infirmities. I must add to that. If I would glory at all, I would glory in the fact that God has brought me through my darkest nights, He has anchored me through the worst storms and he has given me His strength when I was weak. Without His presence in my life, I really don't know where I would be today - but I don't think it would be here, sitting at my computer, writing devotions!

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THE ANCHOR HOLDS

I have journeyed through the long, dark night.
Out on the open sea.
By faith alone, sight unknown,
and yet His eyes were watching me.

I've had visions, I've had dreams,
I've even held them in my hand.
But I never knew they would slip right through
like they were only grains of sand.

The anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas.
The anchor holds, in spite of the storm.

I have been young, but I am older now.
And there has been beauty these eyes have seen.
But it was in the night, through the storms of my life.
Oh that's where God proved His love to me.

The anchor holds, though the ship's been battered.
The anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas.
The anchor holds, in spite of the storm.

Words and music by Lawrence Chewning and Ray Boltz

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[GOD BLESS]

TAKE A LOOK BACK ON YOUR LIFE.
WHERE MIGHT YOU BE TODAY WITHOUT AN ANCHOR?

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