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Are You Anchored?

28 Nov

Growing up as a Navy brat, I came to appreciate (clean!) military humor … like this funny “Prayers of Military Officers.”River_PleaseGod_LOLwithGod

One day, three O-6s were hiking together and unexpectedly came upon a wide, raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so.

The Air Force Colonel called out to God, praying, “Please God, give me the strength to cross this river.”  

POOF! God gave him big arms and strong legs, and he was able to swim across. It did, however, take him more than an hour and he almost drowned a couple of times.

Seeing this, the Army Colonel prayed to God saying, “Please God, give me the strength and tools I need to cross this river.”  

POOF! God gave him a rowboat and oars. He was able to row across but it still took almost an hour, it was very rough, and he almost capsized several times.

The Navy Captain saw how things worked out for the other two, so when he prayed to God, he said, “Please God, give me the strength, tools and intelligence to cross this river.”  

POOF! God turned him into a Marine Lance Corporal. He looked at the map, hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards, and walked across the bridge.


AnchorCookiesI just finished making a very special batch of Springerle cookies. I normally make them for Thanksgiving and Christmas, using a holly design, but this batch of the anise-flavored treat was in honor of my father-in-love’s 90th birthday. (These are the cookies prior to baking, hand painted with anchors.

Many years ago, Dad (Robert F. Wilson) served in the Navy on the USS Rudyerd Bay (an escort carrier), but now he serves as a docent on the USS Midway, now a museum in San Diego.

Part of our birthday celebration included honoring his naval career—hence the anchor theme.

But I have to tell you, there’s something that I celebrate even more than Dad’s career. I celebrate his character!

Many years ago, Dad anchored his life in Jesus Christ, and that choice affected not only his life and ministry through the years, but also his marriage, home, parenting and grandparenting. He trusted the Lord for salvation, and his family would all testify today that he reminds us a lot of Jesus in his character—especially his faithfulness, wisdom and love.

Hebrews 6:18 speaks of the hope we have in Christ and the God who cannot lie; and verse 19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast ….”

The Father, in steadfast faithfulness and love (Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 36:5; 119:901 Corinthians 1:9), sent His to be the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14).

When we place our faith in what the Savior has done for us—redeeming us from sin and giving us eternal life—we are firmly anchored in Him!

To be “anchored” in Christ is to be securely fastened to Him. Just as an anchor keeps a boat from drifting, our AnchorQuote_DWilson_LOLwithGodRedeemer, our Anchor, is unmovable. In His faithful love we are held sure and steadfast.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

To be anchored in the truth of scripture is absolutely vital to our Christian testimony and our ability to bring glory to God and serve Him.  When the Category 5 storms of life come—tough trials and temptations—we know we will not run aground. 

It truly is a blessing to be unshakably anchored in the Rock of our salvation.

In the words of an old hymn by Priscilla Owens, “Will Your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life?”

We have an anchor that keeps the soul,
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

Are you anchored in the power of a saving relationship with Jesus … or are you trusting in lesser things that will fail you in the storms of life? 

If you are not “anchored” in Christ, you can become a Christian right now.

– Dawn

Old Anchor and wild river graphics, adapted, from Pixabay


The Secret of the Ark

12 Sep

There’s so much funny stuff on the Internet about Noah’s Ark of safety. Here are some of my favorite lines:

  • Noah ran the first canning factory … he had a boat full of preserved pairs.NoahAndTheCheetahs
  • The elephant took the most baggage into the ark:  his trunk.
  • Noah couldn’t catch many fish because he only had two worms.
  • Noah had lights on the ark:  flood lights.
  • Noah kept all the bees in the ark hives.

And surely you’ve seen the advice, “What I learned from Noah.” Here are my favorite words of counsel:

  • Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
  • Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big.
  • Don’t listen to critics — do what has to be done.
  • For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
  • Speed isn’t always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.
  • If you can’t fight or flee — float!
  • Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.
  • Don’t forget that we’re all in the same boat.
  • Remember that the woodpeckers INSIDE are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.
  • No matter how bleak it looks, there’s always a rainbow on the other side.

And by all means … DON’T MISS THE BOAT!

I know the idea of a global flood doesn’t sit well with people. Some call it a myth or a bedtime story. And some have hard questions, like: “Where is the evidence of a global flood?”

And an even tougher question: “How can a loving God cause such horrible destruction?”

I’m not going to address that first question in this post. There are some resources I would point to here and here and here and here and here and here. (It is my opinion that Noah’s Ark was an actual vessel in history—God’s provision during a time of judgment.)

What I want to focus on here is the second question:

How do we reconcile a loving God with Noah’s Ark and the Flood?

We need to remember, God isn’t JUST a God of love. He’s a God of power, strength, wisdom, justice — so many things. The Bible declares He is a holy God (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

People forget the Lord is pure; He is wholly holy. And as such, He must judge all evil. 

In Noah’s day, the people forgot about God. They didn’t care about listening to Him or doing what was right. They didn’t care that He is holy and sovereign and expects His creatures to obey.

God told Noah He was sending a flood to judge the wickedness of mankind. The flood came because man’s wickedness was “great,” man’s thoughts were “evil continually,” and the earth was filled with violence and corruption (Genesis 5, 11). In only 10 generations from God’s creation of the earth and Adam, the world had become so vile, it had to be destroyed.

But the people scoffed. They laughed at Noah and the ark of safety he built. They rejected God’s promise of coming judgment, and it was their rejection of God’s provision for escaping judgment that sealed their fate.

Although described as just, perfect and a man who walked with God, Noah needed God’s grace too (Genesis 6:8-9). Although he was described as a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5), Noah and his family weren’t saved from judgment because of their own “goodness,” but rather because of their faith in God’s good provision.

Even in The Flood, God showed mercy. 

Look around at our world today and it’s clear wickedness abounds again (Matthew 24:37-39; Romans 3:10-12). Today, although people are sometimes “religious,” mankind as a whole ignores the God of the Bible and people do what is right in their own eyes—sometimes even redefining evil as good—but God sees the heart! (Proverbs 21:2)

God promised He would never destroy the world again with a flood, but that doesn’t mean judgment isn’t coming. The Bible says we must all stand before the Lord in judgment (Hebrews 9:27). We can either stand in our own “goodness”—which is insufficient to enable us to escape God’s holy judgment (Titus 3:5)—or we can stand in Christ. He is our only Savior, the perfect sacrifice for our sin (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 10:11-14). There is no other name by which a person can escape judgement for sin (Acts 4:12).

What is the secret to surviving the coming judgment of God? Christ alone! He is our “ark of safety.”

God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), but His holy nature is unchanging. In love, He provided a way of escape, and He invites us to “come into the ark,” just as He invited Noah and his family long ago.

Only those who enter the door of the ark—God’s wonderful but exclusive provision—are saved from destruction. Jesus is the only way; He is the door (John 10:9). He is the ark of safety (John 14:6) that leads to eternal salvation and life.


Are you in Christ—the ark of safety, the Ark of Salvation?

Cheetah graphic, Wikipedia

– Dawn

Where R U LOL-ing?

22 Jul
LOL with God - Atlanta

Pam & Dawn "LOL with God" high over Atlanta at sunset.

Where are you LOL-ing with God?

One day a man took the train from Paris to Frankfurt. When he got in, he said to the ticket man:

“Sir, I really need you to do me a favor. I have to get off  this train in Mannheim, but I’m very tired, and it is for sure that I will fall asleep. So, what I want you to do is wake me up in Mannheim, because I have to close some business there, and it is very important to me.

“Here, you have 100 francs for the favor. I warn you sometimes when people wake me up, I get really violent, but no matter what I do or say, you’ve got to get me out of this train in Mannheim. Is that clear?”

So the ticket man agreed and took the 100 francs. Later, as the man had said, he fell asleep; and when he woke up he realized that he was in Frankfurt. He was so mad at the ticket man that he ran over and started yelling at him.

“Are you stupid or something?” he said. “I paid you 100 francs so that you would wake me up in Mannheim, and you didn’t, so I want my money back!”

While the man was yelling at the ticket man, two other guys who were also in the train were looking at them and couldn’t help commenting.

Man 1: “Look at this guy! He is mad!”

Man 2: “Yeah! He’s almost as mad as the guy they made get out of the train in Mannheim.”[i]

Travel can be grueling, but vacationing can also be restful, especially if you are LOL-ing with God no matter where you find yourself. This summer, many of us have been reading LOL with God, and we have just about 30 or so days left and you may have a day or two of R and R on the schedule. Send us a picture of the LOL with God book in the location you are reading it.

I’m including a few photos below of places where I (Pam) have had quiet times this summer: 

LOL with God - Alaska

A Meadow in Alaska

I also asked my Facebook friends to share some of their favorite places to LOL with God, and many of them were not far and exotic places rather their favorite chair, their own backyard, or in bed as the sun rose. Seewe can LOL with God any place, because it is communing with a friend.

In my book, Woman of Confidence, I share the meaning of the word “dwell” from Psalm 37:3-4: Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

“Dwell” is to abide safely and securely in the land of promise.

LOL with God - New Mexico

At a Marriage Conference

The Bible is full of promises, and if you dwell there you will feel the safety and security you long for. To me, to dwell is the feeling I get after a 22-hour flight across the ocean back home to my own bed … ahhhhhhh… precious, safe, secure, comfy rest. It’s the kind of rest God gives when you dwell – and LOL with Him.

LOL with God - Singapore

Returning from Singapore

So, email us a picture of where you are LOLing with God—at home or on vacation. E-mail to: or post it your Facebook page and @Pam Farrel and @Dawn Marie Wilson and we’ll see it on our page!

I (Pam) will give to TWO WINNERS (for the “Best LOL away from home” and “Best LOL at home”) a copy of Woman of Confidence, so you can gain even more skills at abiding, resting, and dwelling with God. (NOTE: Photos must be posted by midnight September 1st.)

If you can’t wait and want to begin your passage of dwelling confidently, or you’d like your small group or a “fine-tuning friend”/accountability partner to journey through Woman of Confidence, order at (Use the code “friend2” for discount.)

Happy LOLing!

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