Christine Duncan

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This Anchor, This Life Preserver

I’m looking back over the last year, in anticipation for the coming one, I guess. I’m preparing the blog for its 1st anniversary and it seems slightly surreal to me.

A whole year? Can it be possible that by next Monday, there begins another new chapter of blogging about life and chronic depression and faith?

With an emphasis on faith.

An emphasis grown over time as a need in myself, as well as in others became more and more apparent. That faith would emerge as the one thing everything else written, and felt, and thought, would hinge on.

You know, that wasn’t always the intent at first. It’s so funny to think it now. This including my faith-journey bundled into my Dysthymia journey was first intentioned as a way to relate to others in the church who still had a hard time accepting depression as a disorder and not a result of a lack of faith. Mainly I thought I’d use each post to promote a healthier view of depression and to educate.

But it became clear very quickly that God wanted faith, indeed that He desired He himself, to be the pivotal point on which all other words and paragraphs, and days and weeks, would converge, each and every time. No matter how practical, or how informative, or how emotional, or revealing, or spiritual a post would be, He would be what anchored it all.

The Rock.

The Anchor.

The Life Preserver.

Everything.

He Is the Anchor!

I could never deny He is what anchors everything throughout the years, and each journey I’ve been on {especially this one} but from my first real foray into the blogosphere, as I asked Him for wisdom and direction concerning this virtual living room I would prepare each day, He began to make it abundantly clear that as He had done in my personal life, He would shape and mould this space, and do far more with it than I had ever expected.

It’s been the most nerve-wracking and the most beautiful unfolding.

As it always will be when the uncompleted imperfect us partner with the Everlasting Perfection that is God.

And the more I think about it, the more I can say without any doubt that this blog is very much His. My words belonging to Him, my agenda belonging to Him, my journey completely belonging to the Almighty Father.

As my friend Jeannie would tell you, this is all a part of being beckoned by the King.

Beckoned By the King by Jeannie Pallet

 

Sometimes to remember this takes my breath away.

And I pray I continue to remember it, and steer clear of trying to wrestle the journey away from His grasp. It’s always much safer to reside in the palm of His hand, isn’t it?

Sometimes it hasn’t been pretty or a walk in the park, but He’s teaching me one day at a time to make this a place of offering.

Where I offer Him control of what goes on the page, and where He offers up so much goodness and faithfulness in response to the offering.

And then the offering becomes something more.

It becomes the declaration of Him.

I think one of the best declarations of God’s power for our comings and goings is found in Psalm 19:7-11

I’m determined to memorize this one, its promises are solid and in your face and standing tall and saying it aloud is an inviting of Him into every facet of your journey and the belief that He’s got this.

“And Lord, You can have all this. Learning to hold nothing back today, I can boldly say;

The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is cleansing,
enduring forever;
The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, more desired than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.”

Lord, as a new chapter opens, I want to be hungry for Your precepts, Your wisdom, Your Presence, Your statutes, and whatever You judge as necessary for this journey. No looking to the left and to the right.

Oh Heart, cling hard to the Life Preserver.

Something so sweet it keeps me on the only path You’ve planned for this entire quest into a more expansive, less self-filled, faith.

And hey, friends?

Will you think about coming with me?


1st Blogiversary Giveaway!

Hey!

Just Christine here. So did you happen to notice that very hip, very beautiful necklace with the Anchor pendant and Azure Blue Bead in the post earlier?

It was created by my beautifully talented and creative friend, Aimee Eisaman, and the minute I saw it I knew I would want one of my readers to be able to own this lovely reminder that our Anchor of Hope is never far away.

SO I’M ADDING IT TO OUR GIVEAWAY!

Yes. Yes I am.

Add to that the book “Beckoned by the King” that I was honored to feature yesterday on the blog by my generous friend and writer Jeannie Pallet and that means I have one gift left to reveal.

Whoo hoo!

But I’m leaving that till tomorrow. Because I know it’s driving you all crazy. But gosh, the last gift is wonderful too, so I hope you tune in tomorrow and be prepared for the contest TO GO LIVE!

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Today’s post is happily hooking up to some great linkups! Come on over and check out all the inspiring things happening on the #RaRaLinkup with Kelly Balarie, and later today with Jennifer Dukes Lee and #TellHisStory!

2 Comments

  1. “Faith would emerge as the one thing written, felt and thought” – The Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul – Oh yes! What a beautiful healing journey the Father has you on! Declaring HIM as you come to know in deeper places the Names of the Father and one day you will realize you long for HIM far greater than you long for a Dr. Pepper! The desire for HIM and the satisfaction He will bring you is far greater than gold! Faith has emerged, Christine, and His word is seeping into every area of your soul overcoming the darkness of the D. Praising Him with you for the great things He has done!

  2. Loved your post today! I never imagined this posts have included the celebration of your 1st blog anniversary. I’m so happy for you, and what God is guiding you to do. There is no better thing that to seek HIS direction in everything we do. I pray that this new season and chapter in your blog brings Glory to Him first, and blessings to a lot of people when they read every word you write. Love that necklace and the book looks interesting! Congratulations! I would keep an eye following your posts when ever I can. I would love to join you in this. Blessings

    W/Love,
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

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