Faith and Flip Flops
Written by Betsy Campbell on February 17, 2020
Faith And Flip Flops – Anchors Up
You can let the bad things define you, you can drown in them or you can choose to stand. During the crazy sideways parts, when you do not know up from down, it would be so much easier to let go of the wreckage and be carried out to sea. Thankfully, God did not wire me to hit the easy button, so I have not really given it a second thought. I have stood through each storm, (there have been a lot of them, BIG ones) waiting for them to be rebuked. Each time, growing in my Faith. Each time God has proved His Will will never take me where His Grace cannot save me.I have no regrets. Everything that has happened, everything that I have done, all of the things that have been done to me are very simply, part of God’s plan for me. I do not hate, for God calls us love our neighbors (I do strongly dislike some people, but I WILL NOT hate). I am a bigger Believer, a happier Mom, a better person and a more understanding friend for all I have been through in the past three years. God and my children are first PERIOD. There is room in my heart for so much more, but nothing will overshadow them and the person I have become. God and I worked too hard on the woman that stands before you now to go backwards.We all have speed bumps, bad times and times of regret. It is during those times that our truth comes to light and who we are under these times have the potential to define us. If we allow the bad event to sink its teeth into us and take control, it because an anchor pulling us down. So many times, I have allowed them to take hold and sink me. So many times, I have struggled to get myself free and kicked to the surface just before I drowned. Haven’t we all done that? Kicking and sputtering to the surface ourselves. Haven’t we watched helplessly as our loved ones drown and prayed too see them break the surface? Life should not be this HARD, but it is. You have to arm you self with the best defense you have – GOD!I decided to not let myself be tied down by the bad anymore. It was a conscious decision to think and pray my way through the bad times. My problem had been letting my emotions carry me through instead of God and the brain He gave me. So, what does that look like? It’s me stepping out of the situation after making sure I have the FACTS, even when my heart is screaming, “RUN!” Taking time for myself when I feel like I am about to be overtaken. Thinking back on how far I have come and knowing there ain’t no way I’m going under again. Continually editing my life to keep it as toxic and drama free as possible because those things always increase the bad things. Always keeping the line of communication open with God. I feel like if I have Him on speaker phone it’s less likely for that old Devil to get a call through. Surrounding myself with like-minded people who will stop me when I get that glazed look in my eyes and refocus me. Being active in GOOD things that make my heart feel happy and fulfilled. All of this takes forward and defensive thinking. It is not easy but compared to the alternative of letting the bad slip in and drown me, I will do the work and stay topside.
Do I slip and fall on my face? YES, YES and YES!!!! That old anchor tries to wrap its ropes around me and drag me down, especially when I become complacent or am wrapped up in other things. My quickest fix when I feel those ropes tugging me down is to plop by booty in the nearest seat at church. God unties that bad anchor that is holding me and reattaches me to Him – THE ANCHOR. Let me tell you – there is no bad anchor that God cannot cut you lose from if you are willing to hand your soul over to Him. He is the heaviest thing you should ever be attached to. Make sure you do not get confused and let a bad anchor take you down when the true anchor of your soul has already saved you!
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;