My church is currently walking through a series that focuses on our refreshed vision to be “Rooted in Jesus and released to His mission”. Over the last several weeks the entire church has been studying what it means to be rooted & released through weekly sermons, personal study and discussion in our life groups. The series is especially encouraging because my word of the year is Flourish and my theme verse (Psalm 1: 1-3) is also our main focus for the sermon series. I’ve learned that when God is trying to teach me something, he shows up in countless ways.
So dear friends, instead of just letting all that knowledge sit in my head, I want to share it with you. My heart is to encourage women (and men too!) to flourish in every season, so let’s begin by looking at Psalm 1 and learning what it looks like to be rooted in Jesus.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
This verse reminds me of the trees surrounding our cottage in Northern Michigan. Last year, my uncle planted several oak saplings (baby trees) and during the heat of the summer he spent countless hours watering them, providing shelter and encouraging them to grow. It took so much effort for those young trees to thrive and flourish in that season. Then there are the majestic oaks that line the riverbed, whose roots run deep and thrive no matter the temperature. They have withstood years of storms, heat, and cold and continue to thrive.
Like those trees, a life that flourishes begins with being planted by streams of LIVING water. If we desire to flourish in every season we need to start with a firm foundation in our identity as His children.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
We are created and called for a greater purpose, and if we are going to live that out we need to be rooted in truth. For a tree to establish deep roots its take time and a whole lot of patience. It’s the same with our study of His word. We need to be students of the bible; reading it, studying it and uncovering the truth.
A deep knowledge of the scripture isn’t going to happen over night. But we can start somwhere. Today we can commit to spending time dwelling in His truth and getting into His word. Maybe it’s for the first five minutes of the day or for 30 minutes on your lunch hour. The time of day isn’t the most important thing, what matters most is to seek Him.
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