In the shop of a blacksmith, there are tools on the anvil:
They lie on the anvil, being shaped by their master,
accepting their calling.
hungry to change,
They welcome the painful pounding of the
blacksmith’s hammer, longing to be
rebuilt, begging to be called.
Anchored. Even On The Anvil.
On God’s anvil. Perhaps you’ve been there. I know. I’ve been on it. The fire goes out. We drift downward into the fog of blur and the mist of confusion. Motivation wanes. Life becomes depressing. Passion slips out the door. Enthusiasm runs faster than a horse.
Anvil time is sometimes caused by death, breakup, going broke, going prayerless, to the point of almost leaving you lifeless. You still breathe, but you are almost dying inside. We appear put together outside, but we are in a state of coma inside. All the thoughtful words of help and hope have all been nicely said, but we are still hurting, wondering, searching.
On the anvil. Brought face-to-face with God knowing that we have nowhere else to go.
I hope you’re not in the anvil. Unless you need to be or unless God put you there. Anvil time reminds us of who we are and who God is. God sees our life from beginning to end. He may lead us through a storm at age twenty so we can endure a hurricane at age thirty. He may make us go through a hurricane at age thirty so we can overcome a super typhoon at age forty, or fifty, or sixty. You get what I mean?
Each edition of Anchored – the monthly newsletter includes any of these:
- a personal update I don’t post anywhere else on the internet- this comes as a surprise to someone like me who tends to be more private with what is going on with my personal life;
- books I have read or am reading that have impacted the way I view life – these are different from the book reviews I post on the blog;
- my current favorite things, or what I learned, or my latest discoveries;
- my travels and wanderings;
- an opportunity for us to do life together – me praying for you and you praying for me – isn’t this what an authentic community is for?
- first-word news about upcoming events, special gifts, or other shenanigans; and
- for a more personal touch, an invitation to have coffee or tea with me just because, i.e., if you live anywhere near me. I may be introverted but I value deep connection.
You’ll receive hope, inspiration, and encouragement for your soul! This monthly newsletter will become a gift to you allowing your soul and spirit to breathe.
Also, you can reply to me via the newsletter and your response lands directly in my personal inbox. How’s that?! It’s like a coffee date in your inbox – a time for us to be screen to screen and share our hearts, free from all forms of judgments and prejudices.