August 23, 2019

Refuse to Sink during the Storms of Life

Yesterday was a rough day for me.  Sarah has mostly stayed in the happy, fun state that many of you witnessed.  I knew it wouldn’t last forever, I knew it was coming.  But just because I knew it was coming, didn’t mean it was any easier.

Yesterday she woke up, not in that mood.  It was really difficult to be caretaker, comforter and still be the ‘mom is in charge’ person.  Then she didn’t want any help from me.  

Needing to take care of Sarah has helped me to have a purpose and something to do, but when she decided she was going to do things on her own that I had been helping her with.  Not only was I sad she was upset, but I also was left with my thoughts and feelings and nothing to do.

Needless to say, I pretty much came unraveled for most of the day yesterday until my friend Angie showed up for a visit.

Today has been much better.

The day after we came home, I was in the room that Sarah and Aranza shared, trying to find a place for all of her stuffed animals to go.  I didn’t want to move things without Sarah helping make the decision, so I was trying to not disturb too many things.  As I looked over on the wall that was Aranza’s side, I saw a picture on the wall that Aranza won when we went to a Regional training in Tulsa. It was one of those string art pictures, where the string is spread across the nails, in the shape of an anchor.  Under the anchor, it says, “Refuse to Sink”.  I remember thinking, THAT will need to find a more prominent place in the house.  And began to think how Anchors were now going to mean something more to me.

You can watch my video on Youtube.

A little while later, there was a large padded envelope package that showed up.  It was from a homeschool family that we had never met or interacted with.  As I opened it, I was struck by how God blesses us with so many little things.  It was a wall hanging, with anchors and verses about God being our anchor.

Over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to think of how I should incorporate this into a video.  For some reason today, I thought, ‘But an anchor pulls you down, how is that refusing to sink?”  

When we were in the hospital, someone (I don’t know who) had an amazing idea to have a notebook for people to sign with prayers, scriptures and thoughts to us.  Tonight my good friend brought it by and I was reading through it.  What an amazing gift, to capture a little bit of people who came, even if we never saw them.  

On the second page, was the verse that my brain was looking for to link these anchors.  2 Samuel 22:17 says “He reached down from on High and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.”

Not only do we refuse to sink, but if we hold onto the anchor, He will reach down and draw you out of the deep waters.

There are so many water, ocean, wave, marine type symbols that continue to show up over and over again.  I’m sure I will continue to see them.

And most of all, we all need to be Wave Makers!  Don’t just make ripples, MAKE WAVES! And hold onto the Anchor of our soul, that will help us through any storm that life throws our way!

To realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the storm

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ Heb 6:19

 So hold onto the Anchor of our soul, that will help us through any storm that life throws our way!  So tomorrow, when you are living out your day,  be a Wave Maker!  Don’t just make ripples, MAKE WAVES!

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