Setting Down Roots

It's that empty feeling that gives way to God's marvelous gift. I have nothing for you today. Yet, just last week I felt impressed by the Lord to be more disciplined in my writing times. A 'to him who is faithful in little' sort of encouragement from the Lord. So I came up with what I feel is a reasonable amount of time to spend writing along with all of my other responsibilities. Mon, Wed, & Fri I am going to publish something. Monday will be an update on my 1000 gift thankful list, Wednesday on whatever topic God lays upon my heart and Friday I will take part in Fiveminutefridays. I have a dream to someday write a book, and I am realizing that a book will not just appear finished and ready to be published. It is going to take effort and time and discipline. So this is my first step to learning to discipline myself to write on a consistent basis. Now, remember that I told you it was a prompting from the Lord to start this discipline? Well, here I am in week two and here I sit, wondering, waiting on God.

"Ok, so here I am, I showed up, it's writing time, but..... Lord? What am I supposed to write about?"

I am waiting ........ praying........

An excerpt from my 1000 Gifts Thankful Journal

Can you read that? That was me yesterday morning. Here's how I got there.

My husband pulled his back a couple of days ago.

Does that say enough?

Marriage. God so often uses those closest to me to grow me. I have been meditating on a verse lately. Colossians 2:7 says;

 Let your roots grow down into him, 

and let your lives be built upon him. 

I don't think I have even begun to plumb the depths of it's meaning. Paul tells us twice, so far as I have discovered in my short study, to let our roots grow down into Jesus and into God's love. (Colossians 2:7, Ephesians 3:17) There is so much that can be mined from these statements! I see God's Word like a rich field of treasure, the more you dig, the more you are amazed at the depth and height  and length and width of His endless love!

In order to have roots, you need a plant. In order to have a plant you need a seed. And healthy roots which produce healthy plants produce fruit. The soil that your plant grows in will determine a lot about the quality of the fruit, right? Are you with me?

Mark 4:17 says;

But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. 
They will fall away as soon as they have problems 
or are persecuted for believing God's word.

I suppose my experience yesterday was an object lesson about my roots and the soil of my heart.

Ephesians 3:17 says;

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts 
as you trust him. 
Your roots will grow down into God's love 
and keep you strong.

I wish I could have responded immediately to my husband's third day of being totally useless with a gracious and loving heart, but alas, my feathers were ruffled and I was provoked. Do you want to know what it was about? You are probably going to laugh, I am laughing now, but, this is what sent me on my knees to the Lord yesterday. My husband wanted milk in his oatmeal and we didn't have any. I'm serious! I don't buy milk, for reasons I won't go into here, and he likes milk with his oatmeal, so he asked if I could please be sure that there was milk in fridge.

What I wrote in my journal was a Jeremiah 4:3 moment.

Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! 

Do not waste your good seed among thorns.

And I had an Hosea 10:12 experience because I did the right thing. I don't think my husband even knows about what went on in my heart yesterday. I pursed my lips tightly and fled to the Lord for a heart adjustment.

Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come
to shower righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12

And He did! He is faithful, His Word is true, His grace covered me, and I was set free from my flesh!

Because you belong to him, 
the power of the life giving Spirit has freed you 
from the power of sin that leads to death. 
Romans 8:2

Christ has truly set us free!
Galatians 5:1

For you have been called to live in freedom, 
my brothers and sisters. 
Galatians 5:13

We don't have to take the bait. God will always provide a way of escape for us. One more verse:

If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

1Corinthians 10:12-13



Janis Cox said…
All so true. I have been working on this for over 10 years since I came to my knees and acknowledged Jesus as Lord. Each day was a struggle. But I must say, after doing this over and over again, it did become a habit. I don't snap, nag or get upset (most of the time lol:)), certainly not as much as I did.
I keep going to the Lord first thing every morning. That keeps me on the path - to loving others because I first loved Him.

Following you from Missional Women.
Great to meet you.

If you would like you can link to Sunday Stillness where we look to God for the words for the week.
BARBIE said…
I really needed to read these words today. I've had some issues with my attitude lately towards so things, and realize I have not been waiting on the Lord as much as He would have me to do. Have a lovely week.
Renee Pierce said…

I think it is the seeds of the Kingdom of God growing in us when we begin to see victory over certain issues that we face. Cultivating the soil of our hearts we go to the Lord day by day and He works within us to make us more like Him. God is so good!!

I will visit you at Sunday Stillness. Thank you for the invitation.

And blessings to you too,

Renee Pierce said…

So good to see you here! I am blessed to know that God spoke to your heart through these words. That is what it is all about, right?

I hope your days this week are full of the Lord's presence!


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