That’s my word for this year.
Recently, I was challenged that I’m exactly where God wants me and that He has put people in my life that are meant to be there. When I think of “anchor”, I think of a ship’s anchor. The thing about that is
the anchor locks the ship down temporarily. It stabilizes it for the time being so the sailors can do what
they need to. When it’s done in that part of the ocean, it pulls up anchor and sets sail again.
That’s a lot less scary than the idea of putting down roots and God asking me me to uproot in a couple
months or even years. As I’ve begun to think about the practicality of anchoring to hope, here are a few
things I’ve learned.
- Be open to the unexpected
Sometimes, the sweetest things come in the most unexpected packages. Things that I never expected
could be exactly my what I need in the moment. I’m learning to keep the door open to possibilities-both the
unexpected and expected.
- Self-care is not selfish, but it anchors you.
Slowing down could be the exact thing I might need to help you remain present. It’s hard to slow the mind
down but sometimes I just need to breathe in and out. Breathing in and out anchors the soul and reminds
me that I’m exactly where I need to be. I need to take care of myself in order to take care of others. I could
get frustrated because I seem to need more rest than the average 24 year old, or I could use this time to
grow mentally and spiritually.
- Here is where I need to be right now.
Two years ago, I wanted to be anywhere but here. Honestly, I wanted to be halfway across the world, but
I settled for Akron. Through a series of events, God brought me back to Mansfield against my will. I fought
against it for awhile, but recently, I realized that this actually is when I’m meant to be. This place-the littles
at school, my bible study and my small group girls-have a piece of my heart.
So here we are – almost a month into 2019 – and I’m figuring out how to be present and anchored in my
corner of the world. Here’s to anchoring myself to God and hoping/believing that God is moving.