PSALMS FROM THE SEA

15 Jun

   AHOY all you SEA LOVERS!

I’d like to introduce my new e-book:

   PSALMS FROM THE SEA:

   Help for Navigating Life’s Voyage

http://www.amazon.com/Psalms-from-the-Sea-ebook/dp/B0088QF9JU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339784988&sr=8-1&keywords=psalms+from+the+sea

These 50 sea-related devotions will inspire and challenge Christians of all ages as they navigate life’s sometimes-stormy voyage. Fascinating facts, quotations, poetry and Scripture-based applications to everyday life.

 Why an electronic book?–To make it available as widely as possible at the lowest cost. Available for download for only $1.99 from most retailers, like Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Noble.

> NOTE: If you don’t have an e-book reading device, Psalms from the Sea can still be downloaded to your PC, iPad, & iPhone from Amazon Kindle

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER BELOW! 

ANCHORS

Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds. –Frank Moore Colby

Thousands of islands off the coast of Maine are tiny and uninhabited. When I was growing up, my family enjoyed nothing better than setting off in our boat for a day to explore new territory. On one memorable occasion we packed food and other supplies for a sleepover. After picking out a likely-looking island, we motored to the weather side and dropped anchor. Then we rowed ashore in our skiff and set up camp. Following an evening of story-telling and laughter around a campfire we crawled inside our tents, well content.

Before many hours went by, however, we woke up to the fact that we had made a serious mistake. A strong wind had blown up in the night, and water from an extra high tide was creeping silently into our tent. Hastily we dragged our belongings to higher ground. But the worst discovery came at first light, when we realized that our motorboat was no longer anchored where we had left it! As the whole family watched in horror, we saw the craft was in the process of being blown slowly but inexorably towards a cliff. Unless we moved very fast indeed, it would be reduced to kindling.

Two of us shoved our beached skiff into the water and leaped inside. Soon we were rowing frantically towards the larger boat. Fortunately we managed to overtake it, board and start the motor–just in the nick of time.

Needless to say, the experience taught us a lesson. An anchor thrown onto the mud, with nothing to give it a sufficient grip on the ocean bed, is useless. Any strong wind can dislodge it and drag it free. Experienced seamen know enough to throw their hook on the lee side of the land whenever possible, out of the wind. And they always make sure their anchor holds!

The largest of ship anchors is the “bower” anchor, so called because it is kept at the bow, ready for letting go in an emergency. A spare and a sheet anchor, with the same size and weight as the bower, are also routinely carried on board. When the Apostle Paul wrote about his shipwreck on Malta he noted, “Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.”*

Seamen on sailing ships of old often doubled their chances of staying put by “backing the anchor;” placing another anchor before the first one and attaching them to the same chain. Today sailors far from shore in a storm may throw in a “sea anchor.” In smaller craft this is a floating canvas cone that slows the boat’s downwind drift. The cone also helps to keep the bow pointing into the wind. If a boat swings broadside to oncoming waves, it can be swamped.

Of course, in spite of all precautions, violent storms can still cause a ship to drag its anchor, collide or go aground. And once is all it takes!

My family and I were fortunate. We didn’t lose our boat. But there have been times in my onward voyage through life when I have trusted an unsafe anchorage. I have learned that what looks or feels like good ground may not always be relied upon. As the old hymn by W.J. Kilpatrick points out, there’s only one Rock that will never let us down, whatever happens. We can have absolute confidence in Jesus Christ.

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain? 

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!

*Acts 27:29, NIV

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4 Responses to “PSALMS FROM THE SEA”

  1. fayettemike June 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

    I like it, Debbie. Thanks for all the excellent stories you have captured globally thru so many of your ‘adventures’! This looks like an excellent devotional read.

    • mainelvr4evr June 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

      It’s good to be in touch with you again! You both have plenty of adventures you could add to these, I know. I was privileged to be on the same ship.

  2. AnneMarit June 28, 2012 at 6:43 PM #

    Only read the first chapter so far, about the anchor, loved it. Will use it as a devotional when traveling, since it is an e-boook.

    • mainelvr4evr June 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM #

      Thanks so much, Anne Marit! So glad you liked it!! And thanks for posting the link in Facebook.

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