Friday, November 2, 2012

Roots

It's Friday, a joyous day to sing praises after a long week of work and activities and a day in which I join a community of writers to spend five minutes writing without fear. No fear of errors. Perfect grammar, punctuation and spelling are not needed here. No fears of sharing my heart. This morning, after seeing Lisa-Jo's (our fabulous hostess) prompt word, I headed straight to biblegateway.com to find the verse that would inspire and shape my words. 

The verse from Jeremiah, as well as my (borrowed) prayer at the end were not included in my five minutes but only used as "framing" for my five minute of words. 


Jeremiah 17:5-10

This is what the Lord says:
Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
 But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lordwhose confidence is in him.
 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
 
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.

May I be like that tree planted by the water. Roots running deep, drinking the water to nourish me and give me life. 

My roots need to be planted firmly in God's truth. I search His Word and find comfort. I find a God who loves me deeply. I find a Heavenly Father in whom I can lay all my hearts burdens and all my hearts desires at His feet and He hears me! 

I want a faith that drives away all worry. For he has proven, over and over and over again, His faithfulness. He has provided for my every need. He has given me strength when I was weak. 

He alone is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my Almighty, my redeemer.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for loving me just as I am.


My five minutes are up but I would like to end in this prayer, a prayer from Paul to the church in Ephesus, a prayer that I pray over you, dear reader.


"For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. 

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:14-31)

May you know Him and may you be filled with His abundant blessings!


Now head on over to Lisa-Jo's. I promise you will be uplifted and inspired.

4 comments:

  1. FMF- I am happy I waited as long as I did to post my writing today because I am really inspired by your entire writing. When I opened your blog I immediately thought "how bright and lovely" then when i began to read I felt as though God was speaking to me. I have been having that feeling a lot lately. Thank you for that. Your writing was beautiful and well thought out. I pray to one day know the Bible inside and out the way so many others do. God is in my heart, His words on my lips, but I often cannot find them in the Bible when i need to. Keep up the great work. -Marisa

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  2. He alone...yes. I'm pondering this today. What that entails.

    loved the verses you chose, friend! Beautiful write!

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  3. Thank you, Ladies, for your uplifting comments!

    Marisa, I've found the best way to know his words are to spend time daily in His Word.....and then, when I can't remember the location of a verse, I use tools such as biblegateway! :)

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