Jesus Our Anchor still holds Jesus Our Anchor Still Holds

Today, Tomorrow, and Always
I have had a friend who for many years has so touched my life by her caring hands. When I came to visit I felt like a queen. Towels and soaps neatly folded. Music at my fingertips. Beauty everywhere with books of interest to me and scattered dolls and stuffed animals with tole painting here and there. I was like a small child with delights all about. It seemed like each article was placed just for me. Breakfast was always made and served on a tray. No matter what I was going through – death of parents – problems with health – problems on the home front – all where washed away with the visit. Yes – healing in the hand of the person who ministered to me – healing for my whole being.

This week, I thought of all the many things that person had done and how I had even been able to breath in the aromas of her house long after I had left and returned home. Somehow those visits sustained me. The life giving words spoken of Jesus’ way strengthened me year in and year out.

This morning as I was studying I thought this was the love of Jesus and we can not ever give up doing these deeds. Healing in the hands. I’m so glad to have been in the hands of one so anchored in Jesus.

I study I thought of the many people who are filled with trials, temptations, and hurts this day. Yes, hopes and dreams too. How are we to help those people? As Sara said to me, “Do you know what hurts a person? If not, you do not have love. How many people hurts do we truly know? Oh my? Is our problem of one hiding behind self glasses. What are some self glasses? Popularity to gain acceptance with no authentic self in view. Power to prey on people taking on animal instincts. Thrill seeker with insatiable appetite for yet another thrill. Cast away self glasses which do not fulfill, but blind the wearer and seek the Master Jesus. Anchor yourself with the character of Jesus and be fulfilled. Yes put on Jesus glasses that reach out in love to people. In doing this, we will see that age after age that our Anchor Jesus holds. He will never let us down. He has good things for us to do and say day after day and year after year. Our job for Jesus in the doing the work of Jesus brings fulfillment. Love abounds for those that receive and for those that do. How many times have you seen this in your lives? I certainly have experience Jesus’ love that inspired my clinging and dependence upon the Anchor – Jesus. The below song tells it all.

The Anchor Still Holds
By Ray Boltz
I’ve had visions
I’ve had dreams
I’ve even held them in my hand
But I never knew
They would slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand

The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm
I have journeyed

Through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea
By faith alone
Sight unknown
And yet His eyes
were watching me

The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas


Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

6 thoughts on “Jesus Our Anchor still holds Jesus Our Anchor Still Holds”

  1. “The Anchor Still Holds” holds a soft spot in my heart. I had a sister dying with cancer that lived in another state other than mine and I was stressed. Some days I would think I am not going to make it through the day and then I would listen to a tape of this song. I would be so encouraged that I would call her and play for both she and her caretaker. I have wondered many times who needed the ministry of this song more, my sister or myself. But, one thing I realized “The Anchor, Jesus, still holds. Jesus is there for us when we seek Him. Seek Him and He will surely be found.

  2. Romans 12: 9 – 13 says “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
    Listen to the footnotes for these verses: “(9-10) Most of us have learned how to be courteous to others- how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. We may even be skilled in pretending to show compassion when we hear of others’ needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to real and genuine love that goes far beyond being hypocritical and polite. Genuine love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ.” (10) ” We can honor others in one of two ways. One involves ulterior motives. We honor our bosses so they will reward us, our employees so they will work harder, the wealthy so they will contribute to our cause, the powerful so they will use their power for us and not against us. God’s way involves love. As Christians, we honor people because they have been created in God’s image, because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and because they have a unique contribution to make to Christ’s church. Does God’s way of honoring others sound too difficult for your competitive nature? Why not try to outdo one another in showing honor? Put others first!” (13) Christian hospitality differs from social entertaining. Entertaining focuses on the host: The home must be spotless; the food must be well prepared and abundant; the host must appear relaxed and good-natured. Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guests’ needs, such as a place to stay, nourishing food, a listening ear, or just acceptance. Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can even happen while the host and the guest are doing chores together. Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because you are too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain.”
    How blessed to have had a friend that so graciously practices “true” hospitality. We have just read that “God calls us to real and genuine love”, and that “genuine love requires concentration and effort”. From the blog, it is clear that she certainly did her homework when it came to “concentration and effort”. May God bless each and every person who loves others, by practicing “true” hospitality.

  3. Needles these are great comments and insights of exhortation that help us see further what the ‘self-glasses’ may be that Rena asked about. For example, looks like true hospitality takes off and puts aside the ‘glasses of popularity to gain acceptance’ and sees through eyes of a heart of humility.
    You encouraged us through Romans to ‘serve the Lord enthusiastically and rejoice in our confident hope.’ Hebrews 6:19 tells us that “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”. If we practice the things above our anchor will hold.

  4. We had a lovely lady, Jean, in our church that had this beautiful gift of hospitality and used it for many years to help so many in the family of God. She would always tell me ‘my home is your home’. And, that she meant. I held many prayer meetings, Bible Studies and her home housed many of our guest to minister in the Washington DC area and just enjoy the sites as well.

    Jean, with her husband, Col. Don, lived in an old stone house overlooking Virginia mountains on one side and Maryland mountains on the other. It was rich land and sought after property but she made it into simplicity of home. Spring flowers with trellis, summer gardens with fruit, large yard for our church picnics. And fall made color beam with shame, while winter white shone like a light. I wonder what Jean is doing in her new home today? Does our King have need of her services in another heavenly site.

    As Needles footnotes indicate, don’t wait for your wealth boat to come in. Use your gift wherever it find you.

  5. Matt. 25: 34-40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry, and you fed me, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37″then these righteous ones will reply,’Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you? 40 “AND THE KING WILL SAY, ‘I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, WHEN YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YOU WERE DOING IT TO ME!'”
    When I read the verses above, I think about “true love”. The truest, purest love that comes from Jesus.
    1 Cor. 13:13 “Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest is love.”
    1John 3:16 “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion- how can God’s love be in that person? 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stamd before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.”

    Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so…. The Bible (God’s Living Word) tells me Jesus loves me. Jesus not only told me, but took action and died for my sins. 1John3: 18″Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” The truth… The True Love…. The Love of Jesus…. The Love that will hold the anchor, though the ship is battered…. …..and the greatest is LOVE.

  6. Chickenfarmer reading your scriptures and comments made me think of a part of a quote I would hear quite often repeated to me as a child “action speak louder than words”. When I looked this up to see who may have said it I found that Mark Twain said it but there was a little more to it which really gave it some punch: “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. “

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