Roots, Health & Gratitude

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It’s the month of November, the month of my son’s favorite of all holidays – Thanksgiving. All month I have been trying to stay focused on gratitude and giving thanks. It’s funny how once I started, I began seeing connections through a fresh lens.

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:7, NLT)

Working this backwards, I realized if I want to overflow with thanksgiving, then my faith needs to grow. For my faith to grow, my life needs to be built on Him. And for that to occur, I need my roots to grow deep. So why all this talk about roots? Through wikipedia.com, I learned four reasons our roots matter:

  1. It is the means by which water is absorbed. As our roots go deep in Him, we are promised, “whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14, NIV).
  2. It is the means by which we are anchored to the ground and supported. “Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:18-19, NLT)
  3. It is the storage place of food and nutrients. “When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight”
    (Jeremiah 15:16, NLT)
  4. It is the means by which fruit is produced. “But they [those with deep roots] are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (Psalm 1:3, NLT)

Root development is important so that faith and gratitude will flourish in our lives. “Paul uses thankfulness as a litmus test of Christian health.” (New American Commentary, Volume 32, page 248). Deep roots of faith are evidenced by gratitude for all God has done and continues to do for us each day.

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“Do The Next Thing”

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Today, in response to my earlier post, several of you made mention of a poem by Elisabeth Elliot titled – “Do The Next Thing”. I had to google to find it but loved, loved what she wrote. So I thought I would share it here in case someone besides myself has never had opportunity to read it. Thank you to all who mentioned it today!

 

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Jump the Hurdle

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A conversation and a few emails was all it took to convince me many were going through difficulties. Life has become full of stresses, situations trying our strength and abilities to cope on a daily basis.

As I listen I hear about fragmented relationships, financial woes, unemployment, sick children, work overload, and physical exhaustion. Thankfully not from the same person or that truly would be more than any one person could bear.

I hear her say, “I just can’t take anymore. I feel like I am at the edge sometimes.”

It seems life has become a series of stresses compounded upon one another. I hear myself saying to her, “Life is just one hurdle after another.”

And just like that thoughts begin to click ….

Hurdles, as defined in an old English dictionary, is “one of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events; an obstacle to be overcome.” {{And yes, if you read my post yesterday, I do think God has me thinking about overcoming this week :) }}.

But notice – it is “one of a number of light barriers”. It is “an obstacle to overcome.” Do you see it? It is a singular barrier or obstacle.

Our problem seems to come when we make it plural. When we’re jumping through multiple hoops, juggling several balls, or jumping over all the hurdles. Here’s what it comes down to ….

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We need to remind ourselves to take care of one thing at a time. Take care of today.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34, NLT)

 

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We Can Overcome

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Thanksgiving Day is now about 10 days away. Well, at this writing anyway. If you’ve been on social media, you may have seen many who are giving thanks through the alphabet. It seemed like a great idea and surely a way to remember to give thanks each day.

So I started doing it with my adult children and their spouses, sending a group email each morning for each of us to share our thanks. It’s been wonderful. Each letter is revelatory in and of itself.

The typical email went out to my kids with the question ….  Any “O” gratitude this morning?

I had sat for some time thinking on the letter “O”. Some letter gratitudes come quickly. Others take a little time and thought. Whether quickly or slowly, I want my thanks to be genuine. And I wrote …

I am so grateful He enables us to overcome whatever life may bring.

We can sure throw those words – ‘overcome’ or ‘overcomer’ – around rather loosely. After all, isn’t that what we are supposed to be and do in life? Dictionary.com defines ‘overcome’ as:

  • to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat:
  • to prevail over

Interesting that we don’t give thought to exactly what is involved in being, or becoming, an overcomer. We can only be defined as such once we have battled. It’s the process that makes us overcomers.

God will not allow life to get the better of me, or to conquer me. Rather He prevails over it all.

When I am overcome with the stresses of life, He overcomes.everyonebornofgod

 

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shop locally. impact globally.

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I love to read. Books take my heart and mind on a journey which always leave a mark and change me. And such was the case when I signed up to be on the launch team for Atlas Girl by Emily Wierenga.

Emily had a dream to make a difference in the lives of children and women so she founded The Lulu Tree. They are a Canadian non-profit registered as The Lulu Tree Development Fellowship. Their vision statement is “preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers” in Katwe, Uganda.

Part of this dream includes The Lulu Tree Boutique. The goal of this shop is two-fold. Not only do 100% of the proceeds benefit their ministry to mothers in the slum of Katwe, Uganda, but their goal through this boutique is to create a market through which these very mothers can sell their products. 

Recently I shopped The Lulu Tree purchasing hats for my granddaughters.

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Can I just say, “Precious!” When I opened the package, each item was wrapped and placed carefully.

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The quality of the yarn was just exquisite – warm, soft and sure to be comfortable. The detail in each item was handcrafted with skill. I found myself so excited by my purchase I gave them immediately rather than hold onto them for Christmas.

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So here’s the deal …. you all are going to shop for Christmas. Won’t you please take a moment and browse through the Lulu Tree Boutique? You will have the joy of knowing you gave a gift which will keep on giving in the lives of others. Your gift will delight the recipient for sure but it will also make a difference in the lives of children and women in Uganda. There’s much to choose from AND *all purchases include free shipping!!!

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Please know there is nothing which I will gain from your purchase. All proceeds go towards The Lulu Tree. So take a few minutes. Browse through the boutique and let your purchase impact others.

 

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Jesus Christ-Still Is

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photo-189“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.”
(1 John 1:1,2, NLT)

May we cling to Him and keep His truths close in our hearts ….

May the words of my mouth, Father, and the meditations of my heart be found acceptable in your sight, my Strength and my Redeemer. Keep me gripping tightly to your truth, keep me digging in expectation for the mighty revelation of your witness. Forgive me when I settle for less – for the lies that camouflage as truth and proffer destruction rather than promise. In your cross, I anchor my hope and my sleep as well. Even so, breathe on me, breath of God, and carry me through this day. Amen.

(Beyond the Scars by F. Elaine Olsen, page 117)

The One Who was from the beginning.

He. Still. Is.

Jesus Christ.

 

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Of Life, Challenges & Love

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This week surely brought some changes to us all – in the weather I mean :) It turned colder and many of us experienced those first snowflakes of the season. It looks beautiful when it’s not enough to shovel!

Let me share what I read this week:

1) There has been so much discussion about assisted suicide in the news as of late. In this post, a doctor states, “Life is sometimes hard, too often painful, occasionally interspersed with hopelessness, but always always life is a gift”. dogbritt.jpg-e1415107989174

 

2) We all react to life’s situations differently. In this post, we learn about three scenarios of loneliness and isolation and how we are to respond. IMG_1714-2

 

3) Dealing with depression and bi-polar illness is a struggle familiar to this blogger. In this post, she shares with a transparency that it is what brings her to her knees on a regular basis. 1502519_10152745485772279_473491134205877187_n

 

4) Let’s face it – we all fall into the trap of putting others up on a pedestal. In this post, we are encouraged to, “to intentionally cultivate celebration and not celebrity, where Jesus is celebrated in each of our lives”. canstockphoto0776902-e1415846317257

 

5) Adoption. We all have read stories of little ones being brought into a family and loved. In this post is the story of adopting an older child with the concern “to help them grow into adults, and to walk them down the aisle, and to be grandparents to their babies”. Don’t miss this beautifully moving story for truly our God writes the best ones! Lovelle-Holley-e1415658331580

May you grab something warm to drink and sit a spell. Have a wonderful Saturday!

Love,
Joanne

 

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