Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rooted In Faith

Our neighbor planted a beautiful flowering crab tree last year. I am able to see it from my sofa sanctuary and right now it is in full bloom. It looks like such a delicate tree with it's tall skinny branches and small trunk, but when the wind blows it just bends with it while the deepening roots keep it safely in the ground.

We may at times feel as fragile as this tree's branches and trunk look, but with God's strength we are able to bend in the wind of our troubles and stay rooted in our faith. And with God's love we are able to grow in our faith and bloom right where we are planted~ just like this wonderful flowering crab tree that brightens my view.

It is a great reminder to me that God can use me in all my circumstances, even when I am weak. Maybe more so!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13.


Lisa Buffaloe said...

I love visual reminders about rooting in God. Thank you, Renee. Praying for you!

Blessings and hugs,


wayfarerjon said...

A lovely illustration of being rooted in God's love Renee. We have an apple tree outside our kitchen window. I pruned it last winter and now it's full of blossom.

Renee said...

Thanks Lisa....I am sending prayers your way too. For the right house and for continued healing.

Renee said...

Thank you Wayfarer Jon! I enjoy the apple blossoms so much too.

Jan Lyn said...

The photo is beautiful and I love the message in your post. I have 2 pink blossomed trees out my kitchen window that I so enjoy. It's wonderful to have reminders of God's love in nature. Blessings to you Renee.
Jan Lyn

Renee said...

Hi Jan Lyn
Glad you liked the photo...I am enjoying taking pictures again.
Blessings on you too, Jan Lyn!

Janet said...

You have a beautiful site, Renee! Thanks for stopping by mine, and thank you for the encouraging thought today. I needed to hear that word.

Blessings to you!

Renee said...

You are welcome, Janet. I enjoy your posts very much. Thanks for stopping by here!

Malva said...

Renee, I stumbled upon your blog via Lisa Buffaloe's blog today. Thank you for the comparison of the tree - what wonderful reassurance!
I love your expression "sofa sanctuary" - an inspiring way to look at it.
Your post reminds me of the verse:
In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5).

Renee said...

Welcome to my blog Malva.
I am so glad you are visiting me here ~ your words of encouragement are very helpful.