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