The Secret to Having a Deeply Rooted Faith

Gwen Smith Devotions, Encouragement, Faith, Strength, Trials 47 Comments

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.


FOR YOUR REFLECTION and RESPONSE

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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Comments 47

  1. My sweet Lord…thank you so much for taking care of my daughter! She has been SO DEPRESSED after her ex-boyfriend committed suicide, I know that YOU can heal her. Thank you for giving her the strength and courage to help herself. You have great plans for her and I believe she will be Best mother, daughter, sister, friend, cousin she can possibly be! She will come home and walk in faith…she CAN DO THIS with your help! Father God I praise you and honor you in Jesus Name Amen!

  2. Heavenly Father, I cast all of my troubling issues that create such anxiety, and cast them unto to You, so today I pray that You will set me free from worry, fear, and free us from the concerns about tomorrow. Lord, You take care of it, I am trusting You, because I am Your child”…..

  3. Thank you for that devotion this morning it made me realize
    How blessed I have been through the good times and now the rough
    ” o how we the strength and love of God is”
    It made me remember all the days my mom use to say
    ” you can tell a good tree from a weak tree” which I didn’t understand
    When I was young but now I understand. That a strong and well fed
    Tree will sway in a storm but never break but and
    a weak unerished tree will will bend and break every time.
    Showing it is our faith that we must continue to strengthen
    Thank

  4. Dear Almighty,
    Thank YOU that YOU are everything and with YOU in us we can weather-the-storm together. YOU are our hiding place, our ultimate refuge under Your wings! YOUR joy is our strength (Neh 8:10).
    In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen

  5. Father – I feel like I have been in this storm for a long time. I have been angry with you for not making my situation different. I have tried to do things on my own without success. Now I am surrendering this to you. I thank you that you love me enough to let me endure suffering so that I can be stronger. I know that I need to be rooted deeply in you. I don’t want you to have to be in a storm in order to grow closer to you. I give the Holy Spirit full authority in my situation and focus my attention on my father. I know that there is nothing that I can do better than you. I hand over the control to you.I will trust in you. I will serve you. Thank you Father for your grace and mercy.

  6. Through 38 years of being a pastor’s wife and many small churches where we new God led us. I am not going to say we were always in our comfort zone. In most cases we weren’t. One thing I did know was God was there even though I felt anxious and uneasy. One place in particular I felt very far from my family and I even ask God why we were there. The answer came quickly when my husband was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea in early days of sleep disorders. The leading hospital was in Lincoln,Nebraska and we were only a few hours from there in that state. At this point in time the doctor had to train his own people because doctors had one hour on sleep disorders in their studies and then I knew God put us where we needed to be. Down through the years we have had many storms and He has never left us. I know my God will never leave me. I am not going to say I don’t get concerned because I do but I know my God will answer according to His will and time. PTL

  7. GIG, I am so thankful for your daily devotions, I read them Monday thru Friday. God has been in my life as far back when I was a little girl. he, through his son Jesus, has helped me weather many a storm. He still does and I truly appreciate all the scriptures you and the girls share, and of course all the stories.

    Thank you, Debi

  8. Father God I am rooted in your love. You are my heavenly father who loves me unconditionally;. My God is my strength and I will not be shaken. I surrender my entire being to you. God makes my wounded soul whole. God blesses me today with peace and love and inner security and strength. I love you Lord with all my heart. Thank you.

  9. My baby Sister, (58) has been in a hurricane since Thanksgiving of 2016! Her husband was diagnosed with Leukemia…he was a fire fighter for 30 years and recently retired! He has had grueling Chemo multiple times and has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant…
    I have been sending my Sister the GIG devotional through email to her phone each weekday, and God has used it in mighty ways! Today’s devotional was very helpful and timely! I’m so thankful for you Gwen, for letting God pour into your life and use you to help us all to know that Jesus IS with us, even in the “scariest of storms, and to stick with Christ alone and He will see us through!”
    I live in Iowa and they live in Arizona, you’ve helped me to reach out to her in a very scary storm, thank you. And God Bless you as you continue to be used by the Lord to help others!!! By the way several of your songs have been super uplifting too! 🙂 Love you!

    Patty

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Patty. I went through the storm of cancer with my dad – so I understand that pain and strain. So sorry that your family is going through this. I am pausing to pray for them (and you) now.

      ALSO… we have a Girlfriends in God conference IN IOWA this fall! Please join us and bring a bus full of friends! It will be amazing and would be great to meet you face to face. 🙂 DETAILS HERE >>> https://www.valley-church.com/conference

      Warm Love,
      Gwen

  10. Today, as I face the daily struggles I live with, I have a better relationship with Jesus than I’ve ever had…but I know I’m not near where I should be. Sometimes, I do find that I twist in the wind because I am probably one of the biggest worriers on the planet. I’m on the verge of a financial breakdown but I have put all my heart into trusting God, knowing that if I give it all to Him, He will guide me to where I’m supposed to go and tell me what I’m supposed to do. I don’t always hear that still, small voice, and I know I’m probably not worthy of it, but I still trust and I know that He hears me, my voice, and in some way, He will guide me just because I’ve asked Him to. There is nothing I want more in this world that a bolder, stronger, truer, tougher, and more vibrant relationship with my Savior. Like the song says, this is my temporary home, and I want eternity with Jesus more than anything!

  11. Lord, I have heard your voice today, I need to be planted so deeply that no storm would be able to uproot me. I still struggle to be a plant sometimes, and sometimes i feel i am unworthy. I struggle, i fall , but i ask you to please give me another opportunity, Plant me again and this time, may i be deeply rooted. May i live a life of faith and thanksgiving. I have tried it on my own, and several times, i have failed. This time, i come in humility and surrender, Cause me to be rooted in you forever. Thank You lord Jesus for your everlasting love. Amen

  12. Thank You Jesus!! I will listen for Your voice today as I go through my day. The effects of my chemo and the pills that I must take take away the filter from speaking my mind Lord. So when I see my children struggling (grown children) I want them to stop and trust You and not bicker. The young mother who is hot and overwhelmed with staying home with two children by herself. My son, who never planned on a young mother with two children being in his life 18 months ago picking up the responsibility. But, I told her that she could choose to be grateful and not to be mean in her words to my son. I told them that they needed to be careful with their world, their home. But my delivery was sudden and not the way I would normally speak. So now, Lord, I will trust You with their journey and keep my big fat mouth shut. I will love and not judge but just give them to You. I do pray protection over them and I will stay in You and I will place them in You. Lord, You are a huge God!! You have this. I am not to judge. Please forgive me. And thank You and I smile at You and I hug and I feel You hold me. Holy Spirit, fill me today as I walk and listen to Your voice of what the next right thing to do is. Help me to shine You. Help me to not be afraid. As this business grows and we hire these other your mothers help me to be You. Help me to shine You and show You in my words and deeds! Look at what you have done!! I am in awe… Thank You so much for helping me through all of this. The baldness – just being able to hold my head up and be in the moment and smile at the people who smile and encourage with their words and looks. You are everywhere. Praise You and thank You!!

  13. I thank You Lord for your Word says, ” Greater are You that is in me, than he that is in the world”.
    I know that without You I can do nothing, so please help me to stay rooted in you at all times, amen.

  14. Oh, there are gale force winds running thru our home at the moment, as my husband has been just diagnosed with lymphoma. But oddly enough, when the doctor told us, I was as calm as could be. I highly suspected this diagnosis and had prayed for how I could control my emotions when we would be told.

    And I have remained calm (for the most part) since then, even with the numerous comments and concerns from friends. God has got this, and with his help and guidance my husband and I will weather this storm.

  15. Amen. I really needed this reminder today. So Thankful that I have started following you as I learn things about the bible that I never knew even at 55 and have been in church most of my life. For me preaching is good but teaching the word is even better for me. Thank you and God Bless you Gwen

  16. It seems as though satan is ravaging me right now. I cant seem to get away. There is no escape, no where to go, no one to help. God I have prayed about everything and seems no answer, so I wait. I read the passage, I don’t know why I am so isolated, alone and I have people around me, but they don’t listen or care it seems.

  17. As I read the admonitions and promises in Jn 15:1-17, these words kept repeating themselves as a condition and a promise:

    v4 REMAIN in Me as I also REMAIN in you (you’ll bear good fruit)
    v7 REMAIN in Me and My words REMAIN in you (prayers will be answered)
    v9 REMAIN in My love (know the Father’s love)
    v10 REMAIN in the Father’s love (keep His commands)

    “Remain”–to stay in the same place or with the same person.

    My prayer:
    Dear Jesus, I keep thinking about Your words about Your yoke being easy and Your burden light and then I think about what a yoke is–it connects two–like oxen–so they can pull TOGETHER and bear the weight of their labors TOGETHER–the REMAIN TOGETHER to accomplish the task asked of them.

    Lord Jesus, I want to remain in You so that You will remain in me so that I will bear good fruit to bless You and others–to keep the Father’s words in my heart and walk in obedience and in faith KNOWING that I NEVER walk alone as long as I REMAIN in You and You REMAIN in me!!! Thank You–I love You! Amen

  18. I have been in many storms in my 63 years but, thank God, he has lead me through all of them and seen me to the other side. God is good, thank you Gwen for your blog today and all the reminders in John 15. I keep that section bookmarked in my Bible because I have to go there often for help and relief. Thank, Barbara

  19. I have been in so many storms in this life as i am sure you all have and the each storm gives you a chance to let your roots grow deeper and deeper because you can trust him in each on. He will never let us down, so now when the storm comes, i know that this to shall pass, and God know’s all about it. I am like the palm tree, i bend but i dont break. Because God makes sure i don’t i trust him in everything. Because, either you are in a storm, or just coming out of a storm, or getting ready to go into a storm. Because the devil is always busy. We have to stay busy praying and staying in faith.

    1. Amen. I was having trouble putting all these thoughts into a prayer, but you said everything that I was thinking. Please God keep us strong and vibrant for the world to see that you can only be strong if GOD is living in and through you.

  20. Lord I thank you for pruning me. I thank you that where I am weak, you are strong. I thank you that in these storms of life I can grab a hold of You and be rooted in victory. Help me to trust you more and more each day. In Christ Jane I pray. Amen

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    1. satinah–I, too, struggle with my thoughts and I pray about it all the time. Last week the Lord reminded me of this promise “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed (stayed, steadfast) on you!” So I’ve been praying that the Holy Spirit will help me keep my thoughts fixed on Jesus–help me take my thoughts captive to His obedience. The way He’s done that is through worship music–I can’t sing, don’t know all the words to all the songs, but I get just the right chorus running through my head to keep the negative thoughts away. Some of the songs have been “Lord I need You”, “No Condemnation”, “Sing a Song of Praise”, “Thou O Lord are a Shield for me” and anything by Lauren Daigle. :-). I can’t believe the “perfect peace” I’m beginning to feel–well, actually I can because God is so faithful to answer prayers like this because He wants us to be in His “perfect peace” (in Hebrew it translates Shalom Shalom). Hope this helps and encourages you. <3

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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 :).

  29. 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!

  30. I surrender the storms of…..MY HEALTH, FINANCES and PERSONAL STRUGGLES. GOD DID IT BEFORE….GOD WILL DO IT AGAIN!!!!
    I also Surrender…..My FAMILY, ADULT SONS AND DAUGHTERS, GRANDSONS, GRANDDAUGHTERS, MY CHURCH FAMILY. Into GOD’S CAPABLE HANDS!!!
    In JESUS Name…..AMEN!!!!

  31. 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.

  32. 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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