I want to share a personal story with you today. Several years ago, during the holiday season, Kelita sent me pictures of her Christmas decorations. I loved with her wonderful display of vintage pinecone ornaments. I told her how lovely I thought they were. Not too long after that, she sent me a beautiful green, vintage pinecone, to start my own collection, she said.

After that, each time I went into antique stores I would search for pinecone ornaments. The nice glass ones. They are extremely difficult to find, it turns out. Still, I treasured what I had been given by my friend.

That year, I decorated my mantle with greenery, lights and added my pinecones. It looked so nice. I was quite pleased with it.

One night I was turning off the lights and tragedy occurred. My beloved green pinecone ornament fell from the mantle. It seemed to be in slow motion, I could see it falling but I couldn’t stop it. Slowly it fell until it hit the bottom of the fireplace and shattered. I almost cried.

Silly, I know. But it was a precious gift from a friend, and I loved it. I shared my disappointment with Kelita as I removed the remaining few pinecones from the mantle and put them in a safe place, in a bowl on the table.

A few weeks later, Kelita again sent me another pinecone ornament. I put them in the bowl on the table. There was no way I was going to risk breaking another one.

I loved the new pinecones. They looked nice on the table, but I really wanted them on my mantle. However, I didn’t want them to break. I shared my concerns with Kelita. She instructed me to put ties on the pinecones and tie them to the greenery. Aha! Why didn’t I think of that?! That’s what I did, and I loved the look. Once I was all done, I shared the picture of my mantle, decorated with my pinecone ornaments with Kelita.

When I sent her the picture, she said something to me that I was reminded of just today. She said, “like faith, those vintage pinecones are fragile. Sometimes our faith breaks in a fall, when it does, we learn to anchor it to something to prevent it from happening again.”

Oh, how true those words! They especially struck home with me today as I have been in a faith battle of sorts for months.

We have all had times in our life when we put our faith out there and believed for something. Yet, it seemed our faith fell and shattered in that season. What happens then is the next time we need to put our faith out there; we are afraid it will once again be shattered. We are afraid to believe again.

So, what do we do? Do we refuse to believe for the impossible again? Do we put our faith in a safe place where it cannot possibly be disappointed? No, we anchor our faith in something that is indestructible – the Word of the Living God.

Hebrews 6:19 says, This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.

The Amplified Bible says it like this, Now we have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope that reaches farther and enters into the very certainty of the Presence within the veil.

What hope is he speaking of? That God cannot lie, and His Word cannot fail.

His promises are sure and steadfast. We can anchor our prayers to Him, and His Word and rest assured that He will not lie. He will bring to pass everything He has promised.

Isaiah 55:11 assures us that God’s word will not return void, but it will accomplish what it was sent to accomplish.

Where do you find yourself today? Are you strong in faith or do you feel your faith has fallen and shattered? Are you afraid to believe again? If so, I know that feeling. But friend, our hope is in God alone. We must choose to believe again. We must do, as I did with the little pinecones, anchor our faith. To what? To His unfailing Word.

I love how the Passion Translation shares Hebrews 6:19; We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God Himself.

Wow! When we anchor ourselves to the Word of God and His promises, we are anchored to God Himself. There is nothing stronger and more unbreakable than that.