Friday, November 2, 2012

Dig deeper

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!
OK, are you ready? Won’t you please give me your best five minutes on:


Roots for the graceful oak tree.  Roots that seek out the living water so I can bear much fruit. Roots that hold me secure in the place God has planted me.   Roots are not as fancy as the leaves and the branches.  If I was deciding where to put my energy I would place it all in flowers.

 But God knows that I must have roots to last through the dry spells.  And if water is readily available at the surface the trees and I will not expend the effort to dig deeper.  To try harder.  So, wisely He presses me.  Makes me go through longer and longer testing, stressing me so the roots are deep and strong, and I am secure in Him.

Isaiah 61:3
to strengthen those who mourn in Zion,
by giving them a turban, instead of ashes,
oil symbolizing joy, 7  instead of mourning,
a garment symbolizing praise, 8  instead of discouragement. 9 
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 10 
trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor. 11


  1. "If I had to decide where to place my energy I would place it all in flowers." - True statement. I love to put my energy into things that give immediate results. May God continue to challenge us into the depths...where He can do amazing things. Great writing!!! :)

    1. I am glad you enjoyed my post. Yes, those immediate results and worldly recognition are where I am tempted to put my energy.

  2. Yup, the flowers get all the glory, but the roots maintain it all. Sometimes (a lot) I forget that and don't press in. thanks for the reminder.

    1. Thanks Alia. I have to remind myself too. It was nice to meet you at the FMFParty.

  3. I really enjoyed your post. You pulled some of my thoughts out of my head! Have a blessed weekend.

    1. Thanks Barbie. Hope you have a good weekend too.

  4. Love this. "Wisely He presses me..." he does press us on! We would never go further without the trial. Great point. Thank you!

    1. I am thankful for His trial and your visit to my blog. I hope He uses you and I for His glory. And that I don't get in His way. Have a blessed weekend.

  5. Wonderful analogy. Flowers that grow quickly or a seed planted for a tree - slow, sure and long lasting. But patience required.

    Made me really think. Do things carefully and slowly - the first time.

    Stop rushing.