Hope Is the Anchor of the Soul

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“…that… we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” —Hebrews 6:18,19

Hope, n.
Confidence in a future event;
the highest degree of well-founded expectation of good;
as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises.
—Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

In a tempestuous world tossed about by the waves of confusion and despair, chaos and uncertainty, and void of all true hope, we cling humbly yet confidently to Christ our Anchor and the promise that the souls of those whom He came to save are eternally secure (John 6:39); that His Word goes forth, not returning void, but accomplishing that which it set out to perform (Isaiah 55:11); and that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to be complete it (Philippians 1:6).

It is the Divine gift of hope which gives the Christian the constancy and the steadfastness of confidence that many will long for but never obtain apart from Christ. It is this gift of hope that imparts the expectation of eternal victory (Romans 8:37) and grants the strength to persevere when “a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand” (Psalm 91:7). Though he may survey the wreckage all about him caused by sin, yet he remembers that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the unrelenting onslaught of the Church (Matt 16:18) and he thus smiles at the future (Prov 31:25, nasb).

History Teaches Us to Hope

“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done… that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; —excerpts from Psalm 78:2-7

Nothing infuses hope into the lives of Believers more than recounting God’s past faithfulness to His people. Whether it be those peculiar providences in the life of the individual or the more broad “march of providence” which we witness unfolding upon us corporately over the ages, for a forgetful people, the cure for what ails us is well captured in the verses from Psalm 78 above. It’s also captured well—and almost poetically—in the comments below from one of American history’s most beloved figures:

“My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them nor indisposed me to serve them; nor in spite of failures which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge, or of the present aspect of affairs, do I despair of the future. The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.
—Letter from Robert E. Lee to Lt. Col. Charles Marshall, September 1870

May God, in His grace, be pleased to make our hope constant and make us, in that hope, constant in Him.

Hope with biggest brother, Calvin

Hope with big brother, Christian

Hope with big sister, Shiloh

Hope with “big” sister, Genesis

Abundantly blessed!!

More on Hope

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
—Romans 15:4

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” —Romans 12:12

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. —Romans 15:3

2017-04-06T01:00:30+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Family|

The Turleys Meet Ted Cruz

As a Christian father on the lookout for ways to inspire my sons to godliness and principled living, I was grateful for the opportunity to attend the Ted Cruz rally in Trussville, Alabama with my family. I had no idea, however, that we would end up meeting him face to face and my boys would have the chance to talk with him and shake his hand. Calvin in particular was on cloud nine, and I have a feeling he’ll look back on that experience as one which holds special significance to him in a way that prompts him towards excellence.

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Calvin thrilled to see Ted Cruz at the Trussville rally

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Calvin and Christian meet their own Texas Senator, Ted Cruz

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“What beautiful blue eyes you have, Genesis,” commented Senator Cruz

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It’s not everyday you get to play with presidential candidates’ children!

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Back home and inspired—unprompted, Calvin breaks out the Ted Cruz biography

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 December 24th, 2015|Family, Politics|

Will You Vote and Help Us Win?

Gerber is holding a photo contest and we need your help to win! Votes are being accepted through November 24 and you can vote once daily! Will you help?

To vote, visit the Gerber site here and search by name and state (i.e. Genesis, TX), or by entry ID (IDs below).

Genesis – Entry ID 97302

Genesis – Entry ID 97302

Christian – Entry ID 97290

Christian – Entry ID 97290

Shiloh – Entry ID 97258

Shiloh – Entry ID 97258

2017-04-05T16:14:15+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Family|

Christian Clyde is Four

Our rough and tumble cowboy is four! Birthday festivities included a tour of the Sauer-Beckmann farm near Fredericksburg. It was a real treat to our oldest three who fancy themselves to be Alex, Peter and Ruth from our family favorites Edwardian Farm, Wartime Farm, et al.

Welcome to the Sauer-Beckmann Working Farm

Welcome to the Sauer-Beckmann Working Farm

The original home built in 1869 by the Sauer family, immigrants from Germany

The original home built in 1869 by the Sauer family, immigrants from Germany

The mode of transportation of the day

The mode of transportation of the day

Farm staff operated in period garb (circa 1915) which made the visit more fun!

Farm staff operated in period garb (circa 1915) which made the visit more fun!

Period tack

Period tack

An unexpected treat—a one-day-old lamb on the farm!

An unexpected treat—a one-day-old lamb on the farm!

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 September 26th, 2015|Family|

So Richly Blessed

“Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

“Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Family|

Happy Independence Day!

Our Little Patriots—Paul Revere (Christian) & George Washington (Calvin)

Our Little Patriots—Paul Revere (Christian) & George Washington (Calvin)

Watching Comfort’s Independence Day Parade

Watching Comfort’s Independence Day Parade

Captivated by the Floats, the Horses and the Music

Captivated by the Floats, the Horses and the Music

George, Martha and Paul

George, Martha and Paul

Patriotism Never Looked So Cute

Patriotism Never Looked So Cute

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 July 4th, 2015|Family|