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The Secret to Having a Deeply Rooted Faith


Gwen Smith

November 25, 2015

Devotions, Encouragement, Faith, Strength, Trials

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A nasty storm had blown through. Lots of thunder and lightening. Buckets of wetness. The Twitter feed from our local fire department alerted us to the dangers of high winds and encouraged the community to hunker down at home until the storm passed.

The next morning the grass was vibrant green from the watering, but the yard was a disaster. Leaves and sticks were a blanket. I grabbed coffee and caught up on a few tweets that the fire department had sent out following the storm.


One of the tweeted photo-updates gave me chills. In the middle of a neighborhood just a few miles away, a tree had been uprooted by the strong winds and it annihilated a car. Crushed it to scrap metal. I read the updates and thanked God that no lives were lost. The car was parked on the side of a street and had no passengers when the winds blew hard and the tree did its damage.

Were the roots of the tree too flimsy? Were they too shallow? Were they rotten or weak?

I wondered.


The winds of that storm had a jolting impact. They ripped the roots right from the ground that held it. I can’t help but see the parallel in life and I wonder . . . How deep are my roots? How healthy are they? How strong? How committed? Roots are vital. They store nourishment and increase stability. They are essential to standing strong.

I pour a fresh mug of motivation and consider the state of my heart. The state of my roots. Because Lord knows that storms come and winds blow. In fact, I’m writing from the eye of a family hurricane. Many of my friends are smack dab in the center of one as well. Some are being uprooted and some are standing strong. What makes the difference?


As I contemplate, I lean back and furrow my brow, fully aware of my shallow tendencies. I like life to be comfortable. Seriously. I don’t even like camping. Too much ick and sweat. Too many bugs and noises that freak me out in the dark. And no air conditioning! Who would choose that? Anyhoo…

I’ve learned that I have to be careful when it comes to car-crushing times of faith because my natural desires for comfort can far too easily lead me to resist and resent the winds instead of running with them. Just enough showers to water the flowers, please, God!

Storms are a reality for all of us. Jesus told us we would have them and that we do not need to be uprooted by them because He is the source of peace and overcoming that we need (John 16:33). I don’t want to be a woman of shallow faith. I want to be a woman of strong, stable, deeply rooted faith.


So I ask myself: how can I position my faith-roots to grow?

I mull it over and open up the truth manual.

I see that Paul wrote this to the early church, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

And it occurs to me that the secret to having roots that are deep and strong is found in that little phrase above that repeats itself twice in those verses: IN HIM.

Yes. In Christ. In Christ alone my depth will grow. He promises that I can do anything according to the will of the Father and get through anything when I stick with Him (John 15:1-17). In that secret place of abiding with Him my roots grow. In Christ alone I am able to weather the fiercest of winds and the scariest of storms.

You are too.

You’ve got this, friend… because He’s got you.


So let’s make it a point to “walk in Him” today. To yield our little life-branches to the Vine, to seek His nourishment, strength, and leading. To recognize that this world is not our home and our storms do not have the power to uproot us when we cling to God, our Strength.

Dear Lord, Thank You for the reminder that the strength I need is found in You. Please grow my faith so that I can stand strong in the windiest of struggles. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Read John 15:1-17. Write a prayer of response in your journal {or in the comments section of my blog} that surrenders your storms to His strength.

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About Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.


14 responses to “The Secret to Having a Deeply Rooted Faith”

  1. Leaning, trusting and relying on Jesus. I am very thankful that Jesus responds to my needs with this simple song. Bind us together Lord Bind us together with cords that can not be broken, Bind us together Lord Bind us together with love When I sing this song which is a lot when winds and storms are with me everyday. I thank Jesus for allowing me to read several scriptures in different books which I usually can read when time allows for all of this to be done.
    Thank you Jesus for choosing me and thank you Jesus for leading me and guiding me and allowing people in my life to help me grow in Jesus.

  2. satinah says:

    Lord I confess to You that I often struggle with the way that I think. I worry about my problems and sometimes allow them to consume my thoughts. But today Lord I lift up my heart and mind to You. You are faithful and I know that doesn’t change even when my circumstances do. I choose to magnify You even in my darkest hours because I know that Your word says that You can work ALL things out for my good. In Jesus name.

  3. Gillian Whitcombe says:

    Heavenly Father, i am so thankful for your guiding hand, your strength and your love. I am unworthy yet you see me through the perfect eyes of Christ Jesus. I am so thankful that you see me through the bad times, lighting my way. I thank you Lord for being my safe harbour, for being my comforter, my strength and my salvation. Amen

  4. Lynne says:

    I have been receiving these Devotionals for a few years now. And each day when I open them it’s like “hello this is for you!”
    Today seems so true of this fact because right now I have the “roughest, disrespectful beautiful talented 16year old daughter. And in the last week I have found myself on my knees almost every moment of each day.
    It has brought to a new place in my relationship with God and I finally get it…He just wants to be a part of my life….I have cried when I didn’t even feel like it; prayed like never before and my faith is ever so much stronger.
    Thank you for continually sharing Gods Word this way….I am so so thankful and blessed by it…even on days when I don’t think about certain things. God is so good

  5. Mary Ekoru says:

    thank you Jesus that even in the storm, you are in my boat. i give you my confusions, my misgivings and fears. i lay my present and future into your hands,thank you for the privilege of belonging to you. in you i am secure.

  6. Charlotte Renteria says:

    LORD JESUS, You see the situation that has been brewing in the life’s of my children. I surrender them to you because you alone knows the beginning and the end to all that is going on. I sure do thank you that you reassure me that this will pass and forgive me for not being prepared for this cause I know it caused me to open the door to fear and worry. I was blinded by all these negative emotions that I lost sight of you. that in it self is scary. so I do thank you for the ray of sunshine that you promise to give me even when I am faithless you remain faithful.

  7. Deb Skouge says:

    I surrender my food addiction and compulsive binge overeating

  8. Tia says:

    I surrender the future and the unknown it holds for me and my family.

  9. Jean says:

    I surrender my concern for my friend that is privileged to know God but does not seek him out in times of trouble, I pray he sees the love and happiness that I am sharing with him as Christian love for him and that I am no longer seeking his romantic love, lord please heal his hurts as you have healed mine, and allow him to continue in his quest to be a strong branch for others and to continue to grow in his love for you.

  10. Lynne Childress says:

    I surrender my fear about the racial divide in this country, and for my son as He grows up in it. I have surrendered his care to the Lord, and I trust Him to guide him and keep him safe. I can’t take that trust back every time I hear a sad news story. The Lord is here, and He is watching, and He cares, and He wins :).

  11. Michele says:

    My response to John is that Jesus calls us friends! He doesn’t call us servants because servants don’t know their master’s business. Jesus shares with US everything He has learned from the Father! One of these things is LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

  12. Cintra says:

    In JESUS Name…..AMEN!!!!

  13. overcomer says:

    I surrender my storm of unemployment and mortgage arrears matter that has come to the stage of court hearing to Him. God has worked mind boggling miracles in the past and He’d do it again. I look forward to the testimony to share with someone else who needs to be encouraged.. I already have the victory through Christ Jesus amen.

  14. Lori says:

    I surrender my storms to his strength…my biggest storm of finances that cause heavy winds and damage. may I learn to stand strong and overcome this storm…

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