Welcome to Sincerely Anchored
This blog has gone through some changes.
When I began, I started with the name Anchored Mom Heart where I was sharing whatever was on my heart. This is still somewhat represented by the Heart that makes the letter “O” in my branding. This was slightly changed to Anchored Mom Life where it stayed for awhile.
I was never fully content with it, but couldn’t put my finger on why until I realized that I was excluding a large part of the audience to whom I was writing. In having the word “Mom” in there, I was mistakenly letting women who were struggling with fertility think that my website wasn’t for them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I knew that re-branding was in order.
This meant that I needed to choose a new name that would represent exactly what this blog is all about.
The word Anchored hasn’t changed. It has been there from the beginning, and for good reason.
My life verse is Hebrews 6:19:
I love knowing that I have certainty in my relationship with Christ. That my soul is anchored in Him. It is firm and secure, no matter what the stormy waters do around me. I’ve had my share of ups and downs, maybe even more than my share of downs, but I trust in God to carry me through.
So that’s where the Anchored part comes from. Okay, and it doesn’t hurt at all that I’m married to a Navy man too.
I know I’m covering these words backward, but the Sincerely part is the most recent. I’m surprised I didn’t think of it sooner actually. It probably seems like a play on the closing of a letter, like “Sincerely, Sarah” or something, but it’s really not. It goes back to 2006 when I learned the origins of the word sincere.
Folk history says that sincere comes from the Latin words sine cera. Sine means “without” and Cera means “wax.” Think back to the times when a cobbler would hang a sign with a shoe on it or a potter might have a sign with a vase or bowl. The story goes that in those times, deceitful workers would take a deformed dish and fill the cracks with wax. Honest merchants would hang a sign that shows Sine Cera or “Without Wax” on it and customers knew they were getting an authentic, quality piece.
Hearing this made a profound impact on me. Partly because I thought it sounded like a good band name (I mean, “Hello, Detroit! We are Without Wax!” sounds pretty cool, right? Maybe? No? Okay.).
But seriously though, how much of my life is full of wax?
I might be able to fool others around me, but what about God? He’s not interested in fake worship. He wants all of us. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And I don’t know why we sometimes try to hide things from Him anyway, because He already knows our deepest selves.
My mission statement is to Encourage Women to Live Authentically with Hope. I hope to encourage authenticity with my writing and the way I live. But having the reminder to be sincere and authentic also holds me accountable to be real with you as well. Sometimes I’m tempted to try to say the right things and do what has worked for others in this business, that I lose sight of what God wants me to do. My prayer is that I don’t reduce God’s plan to nothing more than a facade. I pray that God shines through and when He sees me, He sees that I am “without wax.”
So there you have it.
I want to be authentic in my relationship with God and others while being rooted in my faith.
What about you?
Is there an area of your life that you are too afraid to share with someone else? Are you trying to put on a “brave face” because you worry about what others might think? Are you isolating yourself because you don’t want to let anyone else in?
We aren’t meant to do life alone. Anchor yourself to God’s Word, the Bible, and spend time in prayer, but don’t forget to create a community of others around you who challenge and encourage you. This is church.