ANCHORED December 09, 2015 13:12

anchor

[ang-ker]

Noun-any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object, typically having broad, hooklike arms that bury themselves in the bottom to provide a firm hold.

Verb-to keep hold or be firmly fixed.

 I am a water girl. I am drawn to anything that reminds me of sandy beaches, warm ocean breezes, dreamy sunsets and boats that venture out into the wide-open water. I especially love the image of an anchor. It not only reminds me of all things water but to me it symbolizes so much more.

 Anchors are used to protect a vessel at night from drifting off course. It stabilizes a boat in a storm. When attached at the bow of a vessel, an anchor prevents it from turning broadside and being overwhelmed by the waves. The shape of an anchor is engineered specifically to hold a boat in place. They have broad, hook like arms that bury themselves in the sea floor and provide a firm hold.

Yesterday was yet another devastating shooting. My heart was filled with sadness over this newest tragedy. I asked myself, “Am I afraid?” I really cannot describe fully what happened next. In that distressed moment a steady and quiet peace came over me. Security and calmness wrapped around me like a warm blanket and I had this strong sense that I was going to be ok, that I don’t need to fear. That I have a hope that anchors my soul!

 This experience was so profound that I sat down to write, to clarify my thoughts, to process all the tragedy of the days events, to make space in my soul for hope. The world we live in is deeply broken. You and I feel it in every aspect of life. Despite the challenges and pain, the Anchor of Hope, Christ Jesus, gives me courage to be brave because my hope is in Him. Christ has an enormous love for each of us and offers life and love that expands beyond our fragile and broken world. The peace I experienced earlier in the day was evidence of it.

Friends, I’m compelled to share this hope. When I think about an anchor, with it’s broad arms engineered to secure a hold, I think of the love of Christ and how He has this loving hold on me. Then, I think of you and me. We also can wrap love around others, refueling their lives with hope. Every day I tell my kids to let their light shine because they can make a difference. The Anchor of Hope tells me that I can make a difference too. Together you and I can create something good in our families, friends, school, work and communities. I call it a #LoveRevolution.

 I’m very excited to introduce our new line we’ve appropriately named, “Anchored”. It’s created with the image and symbolism of an anchor. This new design is sure to inspire a deeper and stronger call to intentionally live a life of love. It also serves to remind us that there is an Anchor for our souls that will hold us firm and secure in life’s troubled waters.

 Love People Clothing was born out of this deep desire to inspire each one of us to hold to the Anchor of Hope and make a difference.

 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” ~ Hebrews 6:19