Deep Roots

“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7 AMP

Last year, my mother-in-law suggested I keep my mums after the season ended. I do not have a green thumb, and the fact my mums survived as long as they did was a simple act of nature . . . certainly not nurture. Though I found her advice odd, I complied.


This year, we pulled our pots of dead mums out of the garage. Skeptically, I studied them. They certainly didn’t appear to be in a state to produce more flowers this season. Doing what all modern women do, I pulled out my trusty phone and entered a Google search on mums. I learned mums do, in fact, re-bloom . . . if they are watered and their roots grow.

Oops.

I believed my mother-in-law, but took no steps to care for the plants in the off-season.

Oh, how I treated my faith roots for so long.

I always believed in the existence of the trinity: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I attended church as a child. Yet, my roots didn’t grow. I did not nurture them. As a result, my spiritual life remained stagnant into adulthood.

Plants in my home only get watered when I see visible withering, prompting me to acknowledge their thirst. Similarly, I cared for my spiritual life in the same manner. Only when a situation seemed way beyond my control would I turn my eyes to God. Visible neglect necessitated a spiritual intervention.

In 2014, I re-dedicated my life to Christ and began actively working to strengthen my relationship Him. I now desire a deep, intimate connection with my Savior.

Being deeply rooted in Christ is more than simply believing in Him. 

Our spiritual lives need year-round care, just as my mums did, in order to survive. Our souls innately thirst for the living water Christ provides. Yet, we often try to quench this desire with what we think will refresh us.

Only Christ provides the water that will satisfy the deep desires within us.


How are your roots? Do you take care of them year-round? Or maybe you can relate with me: you believe but provide no regular care toward an intimate relationship with the Lord.

Sweet friend, my heart is for you.

For so long, I lived with an aching void in my heart. God has so much more planned for us, but we will never see the amazing rewards if we continue to neglect our relationships with Him.

If you desire a deeper connection with your Heavenly Father, then you are in the right place. For the remainder of 2017, I will be encouraging you on this journey toward a more intimate and fulfilling relationship with Christ. I’m here walking right beside you. Let’s link arms and jump all in. Let’s deepen our roots and stand firm in our faith together.

To God be the glory,

Jennifer 💕

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