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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY … Where a beautiful crowd spends five minutes all writing on the same topic and then sharing ‘em. 1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community. Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks! Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right. OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on: STAY

During the tempestuous winds, storm surges, and tidal waves of life, STAY in the ship. Jesus is in the ship.
Life can make us panic, fearful, angry, dispondent, but we can’t jump ship.
We have to STAY in the ship where Jesus is our covering and our surety against the storms.
He’s right there telling the winds and the sea to be still.
He’s right there telling the devil to not touch mine anointed.
He’s right there providing the anchor that we need to ground the ship, our existence.
He Himself is the anchor that will withhold us, sustain us, keep us grounded until the storm passes, until the winds cease, until the waves subside.
STAY in the ship, no matter what it looks like, remember Jesus is on the ship with you.
He is your anchor.
STAY in the ship.

Mark 4:37-41 ~ “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


FEATURE PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.viewzone.com/noahx.html — The huge anchors would have been suspended from the keel of the ship. This was a common practice among ancient mariners to stabilze a heavy ship and ensure that
the bow is always facing the on-coming waves. A “top heavy” ship, such as the Ark, could easily be capsized by a wave
approaching from the side.