“I was given a sabbatical from pastoring for six months," he writes. "During that time, my wife and I grieved and prayed. I also began to play the piano again for hours at a time, alone with God. During this time of sadness and uncertainty, the Holy Spirit gave me a song which I entitled 'The Anchor Holds'. As I would sing it, I began to experience God's comfort, encouragement and hope. Eventually, fresh vision came and I entered a new phase of the calling on my life." Rev. Chewning's old friend, Ray Boltz, heard about the song and asked to evaluate it for his "Allegiance" project. It was released in November 1994.
Sadly, tragedy and disappointment is an integral part of life itself. Those who are not anchored often do find themselves adrift and unable to receive the comfort and healing that's necessary to move on, to move forward. But the Lord is our refuge; He is our stronghold; He gives us strength; He walks with us in the garden and in the desert. What more can we ask? He is the anchor that holds us.
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Close To My Heart 3-D Foam Tape
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