For the past 10 weeks I have been taking part in a local life group, a small group of people from church who meet on days other than Sunday, that focusses on being able to deal with life hurts, hangups, habits and hard times called Anchor. I initially flagged the idea with my wife during my ECT about attending Anchor, we started attending, and it has now become just as much a time for connection with God as it has been a great time to improve my Mental Health and resilience.
The primary focus of Anchor is to equip the attendees with the biblical tools necessary to deal with their bad habits, hang ups, hard times, or hurts. It is not like an alcoholics anonymous were you continually attend to get you through to the next week. I found, despite being on my Christian walk for nearly a decade, that there were still a lot of lessons to be learned. Some of them were rudimentary where as others were not so. One of the mnemonics that is passed around is ANCHORED;
Admit I am poor in spirit and need God
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3)
Nourish a meaningful loving relationship with God
“Blessed are they that morn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)
Choose a life of commitment to Church and His will
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)
Humble my heart to God’s evaluation of my life and past
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8)
Offer myself to Go and submit to His changes for my life
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6)
Reconcile and seek peace in my relationship
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7)
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9)
Establish a daily time with God as his Child
“For they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9)
Dedicate my life to the service of Christ
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10)
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake” (Matthew 5:11)
Through these 8 steps I have been able to control my anxiety better, control my anger and attitude towards things that don’t go my way. In a lot of ways, Anchor has shown me what is to be a Christian again, it has almost been as though I was coasting on autopilot but now I have control of the rudder and with God’s direction can navigate to a place of blessing and peace.
I could write for pages about the benefits that I have received since attending Anchor and leaning in to God once again. Instead I will leave this post here, open ended, and ready for you the reader to take the steps and take control over what’s going on in your life. I encourage you to connect in with your local Church, find a small group, lean in and receive the blessing He has for you. If anyone wishes to ask any questions, I encourage you to either message me directly or comment on the post here. Maintain the Rage is a safe place for all to explore, learn, and grow.
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