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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell

Set boundaries are good boundaries.

The above photograph doesn't do it justice but as we sat in the car on West Shore we

watched the waves coming in from miles out and though we were only a few yards from the

edge of the sea we were safe in the knowledge that the sea would come no further and in fact in about 20 minutes time it would turn and, although the waves would still appear to be coming towards us, would start to get further from us. I don't know if you've ever considered waves and the fact that we know where the boundaries of the sea are and that we can predict accurately when the tide will come in and when it will go out. This helps not only land lovers like myself sit in a car close to the sea in safety but also helps seafarers know when and when they can't come into harbour. Without the set boundaries and times there would be chaos, but God is not a God of chaos but of order.

1 Corinthians 14:33 New International Version - UK

33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace –

It's the same with life, the boundaries that God sets for us in our life's is not so that we have restrictions on our life's but so that we have order in our life's, order that brings peace. Boundaries that help relationships grow safely, boundaries that keep us calm in the often chaos of life, boundaries that help guide us in the storms of life to a safe harbour in Jesus.

Hebrews 6:19 New King James Version

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,

Or as the old hymn puts it.........

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

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)

Author: Priscilla J. Owens was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent.

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