In 2014, our son, Ethan, chose to attend the U.S. Naval Academy instead of attending "normal" college. This was a very difficult decision for me to come to terms with. Don't get me wrong, getting an appointment to the Academy was a moment of pride for me as his mom, but I also knew what was to come after his 4 years there. As a mom, watching your child voluntarily be put in harm's way, if necessary, is a hard pill to swallow!! What I've learned over the past 5 years of his time at the academy, and after, is to "hold fast" to the anchor that I know will save! That anchor is the hope that I have in the finished work of Christ on the cross. I have made Hebrews 6:18-20 my go-to verse when I am challenged by difficult life situations. In it, God says, "so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf." This is God's love gift to each and every one of us. When the seas of life begin to build, I have learned from experience that there is no other anchor that can give me peace that is unexplainably strong. I have come to believe that this journey Ethan is on is the plan that God has for his life, so I can only trust and HOLD FAST to His promise that He will never leave nor forsake Ethan. As I rest in this, God has set me on a path of writing and speaking about this sure and steadfast anchor that He has given me and that is available to anyone who wants and asks for it. This journey for me is one that is full of excitement and joy, knowing that God has a plan for me as well. I hope you will consider following along as I see where God takes me.