Choosing a name for my blog was a long process!!! I wanted it to be relevant to my life and have meaning for me but not be so long that people could not remember it. I had so many ideas but once I started typing them in, many of them were already taken. The blog name I chose is a little longer than I would have liked but is encompasses all that I wanted in my blog name. So why “Anchor of Hope and Joy”? On a personal level the anchor symbol relates to my son Jude Daniel Sawyer, who was called to Heaven in December of 2012. It represents Christ being my anchor of hope that I will see Jude again soon. I have a tattoo on my wrist for my baby boy, as a constant reminder that I do have Hope in the Lord!! The tattoo was designed by a close friend who is very talented.
This hope I am referring to is biblical hope, which means to have a sure anchor to the soul. (Romans 15:13) God is my anchor and my hope lies in the Lord. This hope is a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future. It is not a “cross your fingers”, it is a “EXPECT great things from God”. I expect to see Jude again and never be threatened with loss again because our new life in Heaven will last forever.
Now for the second half of my blog name “JOY”, this is a result of our Hope in Christ. Joy is a fruit of hope. Joy is not the same as happiness because happiness is superficial, flimsy, and circumstanial. Joy is deep and firm, not natural but spiritual. Joy is the assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the confidence that ultimately everything is going to work out, and the concious choice to praise God in every situation. This does not come natural to me at all, but as life has thrown some curve balls my way, I have learned that this is the way I want to live my life. Another meaning behind the word “joy” in my blog name, is my baby girl Jaylie Joy. She is our rainbow baby and she has brought so much JOY to our lives. She has the same condition her brother did (Pulmonary Vein Stenosis). We are not sure how long the Lord will allow us to keep her here with us but we HOPE it is for a full lifetime. Her smile draws you in and she truly has a joy about her that is contagious.
So this is how I finally decided on “Anchor of Hope and Joy” for my blog name. I hope that as my blog grows I can bring hope and joy into the lives of others through sharing our life journey.