Tuesday, February 4, 2014

F O U R || Anchored in Love Divine

I have wanted to write this post for two years. TWO YEARS. So on Day Four of the #blogeverydayinFEB challenge, I'm finally sharing the story behind my blog's name. Anchored in Love Divine celebrated it's second anniversary on New Year's Day and it has been a home to much of my heart through some of the most difficult and most beautiful seasons of my life. I moved to Seattle, and you read it all here. I waded through senior year of college, and the story spread across six pages. I made friends and memories with many through this blog and I know it is an important part of my calling and ministry. 2014 is going to be a big year for my little corner of the internet.

Is anyone else obsessed with everything in the Lindsay Letters shop? Can I have one of everything, including this canvas?

When I first started blogging (if you can call those early Xanga days blogging) I changed my site name every two months. I'd hear some new phrase, want a new look and layout, and voila! An entirely new site. My first two years on blogger were split between various sites, and again it was on a bit of a whim that I started over here. I love fresh starts and the clean slate that the New Year brings, so on January 1, 2012 Anchored in Love Divine was born. The name itself I found in a song by Jenny & Tyler. If you don't know them, you should.

I've found a sweet haven of sunshine at last 
And Jesus abiding above
His dear arms around me are lovingly cast 
And sweetly He tells His love

The tempest is o'er
I'm saved ever more
What gladness what rapture is mine
The danger has past
I'm anchored at last.
I'm anchored in love Divine

Anchored in Love Divine springs from a place in my heart that desperately needs something to hold onto. Someone to cling to in times of trouble. An anchor sinks deep, settles, and holds a ship in place and in port. An anchor is one of the deepest desires of my heart. I want to be rooted somewhere, stationed in a city, settled in a community where I know I can invest long term. But God does not promise that. He promises to remain with me and to go before me, and He promises to hold me steady. 

Last year during a worship session at church, I finally understood what it meant to anchor myself to Jesus. I saw little ol' me standing at the front of a ship, stars twinkling above, waves crashing and thrashing the boat sideways. I took the anchor and swung it above my head like a lasso, releasing it into the clouds. If I'm anchored to Him, there's nothing to hold me back when He leads. If I'm anchored to a place or a purpose or to my plan, I am saying that I know best and would rather stick to what I know and to what makes sense than what He might have in store for me. If I am anchored to the person of Jesus, at His gentle leading I can glide behind him to the next port. 

When it comes to this blog, I want it to be anchored to Him, too. Not to a trend or to a certain number of followers, or even a rigorous posting schedule. I want to honestly share what He is teaching me, genuinely connect with the friends He introduces me to, and put Him before my "need" to be known. The anchor is in His hands not mine, and I want it to stay that way.

He saw me endangered and lovingly came
To quiet my storm beaten soul
Sweet words He has spoken and bless His dear name
The billows no longer roll

His love shall control me in life and in death
Completely I'll trust to the end
I'll praise Him forever and with my last breath
I'll sing of my soul's best friend

5 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, I love this post! And I've missed that Jenny & Tyler song! I am listening to it now. So much truth in those beautiful words! What a beautiful thing to be anchored in the love that carries us through the joys and tears of life.

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  2. I need to go find that song! Beautiful post Bailey!

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  3. Friend, this challenge is going SO well. I'm so proud of you!!!! XO YAY! I'm so thankful for your sweet blog and your heart behind it!!!!

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  4. simply beautiful blog, with a beautiful name and beautiful girl!! i'm secretly super jealous that your blog name is so creative and just rings of Jesus and his amazing love. :) love, love, love!!

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  5. As a fairly new reader, it has been so great to get to know you as a writer. What an inspiring post! I must admit, I have never heard that song and will definitely give it a listen now.

    Simply beautiful.

    Christie Anne
    http://uglybutstillinteresting.blogspot.com/

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