Anchor in the Storm

Anchor – Leah Valenzuela and Bethel Music

In every season, in every change
You are near
In every sorrow, You are my strength
You are near

A peace in the storm
Your voice I will follow
In weakness I rise
Remembering You hold my world

I’m holding on to hope
I’m holding on to grace
I’m fully letting go
I’m surrendered to Your ways
The anchor for my soul
Father You will never change
I love You, I love You

My great Redeemer,
My constant Friend
You are near
My faithful Father, You took me in
You are near

I will remember Your promise forever
My Strength, my Defender
I can count on You
You are my Savior, My Hope and my Shelter
Your love is forever
I can count on You

I couldn’t have heard this song at a more appropriate time—I was needing to make a decision that would change my life. It’s one of those decisions that you literally place yourself in God’s hands and see His power in how He brings you through it. It is a jump out on faith decision and I have jumped. I made this decision based on all that God has been teaching me and that I have experienced in being obedient to His will, these last six months. He has truly built my faith and my trust in Him as He has transformed my character so much. The peace I have experienced in trusting Him and doing those uncomfortable, #noIdon’twanttodthis, kind of things; has been indescribable.

As I was praying and talking it through with a few trusted friends, God was reminding me of who I am now living for. I’m not living for myself or anyone else; I’m living for Him. He reminded me how it felt to live by my standards and other peoples standards. I remembered that when I live by anyone’s standards but God’s, I take steps backwards (or stay right where I’m at), and then I’m not growing in the way God is wanting and needing me to. I become stuck and unproductive, anxious, depressed, idle, and you get where I’m going, right? Though when I take the uncomfortable way, the way that looks like a lot of work and maybe even emotionally painful(and making this decision was), I experience so much peace. That peace which transcends all understanding and guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

I am choosing peace and to rejoice in the Lord through this and when I am through it, I and those around me, will see God’s power. With this mindset, I know that I will get my confidence from God and will be more productive in getting on the other side of this situation.

So, when I heard this song and prayed through the words, it reminded me of the God I am living for and serving. They were the exact words I needed because He is bigger and stronger than this situation and I will be okay. He is my strength, hope, anchor, my peace in the storm, my faithful Father, my defender, and my creator. He knows what I need before I even need it and He is so faithful to his promises and He loves and protects me more than I will ever know.

These are a few scriptures God has placed before me to read right after I made the decision to do things His way and not my way. They encouraged my heart and soul so much:

For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.  Habakkuk 1:5 (NLT)

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!…  Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame.  Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.  You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.  Isaiah 54:4-5 (NIV)

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