We are the anchors for a strong family. That’s right. Our family is a huge, floating vessel on the sea of life — which is quite rocky, by the way — and we are the anchor.
1. We are heavy enough to do the job.
No, I don’t mean those extra pounds of baby weight. I’m talking about fortitude. You have the kind of strength it takes that no matter what is pulling you in either direction in life, you are incredibly ressitant to move from your powerful post as mom. As jobs, relationships and other life circumstances attempt to push you, your priorities are strong and tied with your family.
2. We make sure no one drifts.
Drifting can be so silent and sneaky. Before you know it, someone can be sort of carried off without any warning. They can move far, far away from your strong family. As moms, we see it, we feel it. When any of our kids is drifting, we not only throw out a life-preserver, we sometimes have to tie a rope around their waist and pull them back to the ship of our loving family.
3. We are the source of strength to ride out storms.
When a threatening storm rolls in toward our family, we hunker down. We go low and hold strong to the family that we have built and stay there until it’s over. The more firm we plant our weight, the more successful we are.
4. We are available anytime they need us.
Our availability is not questioned. When our kids need us, we show up. We don’t ask questions why or ask to be taken away from the job. We just offer our strength and get down to the heavy business of being a mom.
Being the anchor can be heavy, though. It’s so important that we go to the ultimate source of strength, Our Lord. Only He can provide the fortification that we need on a daily basis to stay strong. He tells us that we “not be weary” in Isaiah 40:31. This holds true for us as we embrace the role of anchor for our family.
Where do you feel that you’ve be “the heavy” in your family?
How have you been the anchor for your family during hard times?
When has God strengthened you?
Find out more about how important your role is your family in our book Mothering From Scratch: Finding The Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family.