The Stronghold of My Life

I was so excited when my Stampin’ Up! package arrived that I did something totally out of character for me. I stopped right in the middle of my son’s math lessons to peek at what was inside.

My husband has been very interested in sailing for the past few years. It’s his dream to travel the seas on a catamaran, if only for a year or so. Sometimes his dream includes just the two of us, empty nesters on adventure. Other times he imagines all five of us traveling the globe – giving our kids a cultural education of a lifetime.

As you can surmise, with such a dream in his heart, the Come Sail Away suite was high on my wishlist from the new catalog. It wasn’t until later this evening when I was sitting in my craft room unpacking my box of goodies and carefully taking the time to examine each item that I realized how special this suite really was.

This evening was one of those evenings. I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about. Things have gone wrong all day, everything was behind. It was nearing bedtime and everyone was melting down. Yup. It was brutal. But amidst the chaos, I saw a sentiment from the Sailing Home stamp set:

“Let hope be your anchor through the storms of life. “

My hope is in the Lord. Immediately the images of an anchor, lighthouse, and strong knot reminded me of Psalm 27

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

I don’t know what storms you’re facing today, I don’t know the trials in your path, but have hope. Hope in the One who calms the storm, hope in the Rock, your steadfast anchor, hope in the Light who always lights your path. He is with you in this storm.

I don’t know what God sees in the future. I don’t know what family and friends will face in the months and years ahead, but just as I have been encouraged this evening, I pray that the messages of hope in the cards I create from these supplies will help others remember the truth from one of my favorite hymns:

“The Lord’s our rock. In Him we hide. A shelter in the time of storm.”


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