Welcome to Rooted in the Word, a weekly devotion relevant to our daily living situations. Let’s dig a little deeper into His truth, to take root, grow—and flourish.
Did you know trees in Scripture often represent spiritual life? The trunk is the channel of strength from God; the branches are the people who serve Him. Ephesians 3:17 says, “Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” (New Living Translation).
Events in our lives cause us to all feel cut down at times. We choose how to use life’s struggles. Do we allow growth, or remain cut down? Regardless of where we have been, Isaiah 11:1 reminds us, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit” (New International Version).
Whether our stories are hopeful or hard, they can bear good fruit.
Together, let’s share the harvest.
Rooted in the Word Posts
My mom let some insecure words slip through the phone line the other day. She shared her sense of insufficiency as she wondered what words to offer her friend—one whose doctor recently said he thought her cancer had progressed.
The other day, I reached for a handful of Kleenex for a friend when her tears were the only things I could wipe away.
I’m learning more about myself through prayer and cleaning closets. **** My early morning habit is to slip away for some still moments and steep in prayer and silence.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
Suddenly it’s August and so hot, a breathless hot—heavy and ripe. I wash plump cherry tomatoes, pop one in my mouth;