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Take a moment to clasp your hands together, ensuring to keep your fingers intertwined so your hands are locked together.
For those who have professed faith in Christ, this is what our relationship with God was intended to look like. God is deeply connected with your heart and soul. But because of the brokenness of our world, we sometimes pull away from that. We dig our roots down into something else we believe will bring us joy. We dig our roots down into something else we believe will bring us peace. We did our roots down into something else we believe will bring us love.
Two things occur when we attempt to do this. First, at some point in time we discover that our roots are not pulling in nutrients that are helping us to survive and thrive. Instead, our roots are pulling in poison and causing us to whither.
And second, we also discover that through it all, God didn’t let go of His hold on us. We may have attempted to side-step His love and grace, but He continued to hold on. He continued to say, “You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.”
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: Which verses in this passage stick out to you the most? In what ways may God be inviting you to rest in Him today? Be specific.
QUESTION: Be honest: Do you believe God is saying to you, “You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased?” If not, take some time to explore why.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3 or 5 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Christ is the vine, and I am one of the branches. This truth reminds me that very little is in my control outside of being rooted in Christ. It also reminds me that I will only produce good, healthy fruit as a result of where my roots are. May I be rooted in You not just in this moment, but all throughout the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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