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Deep Roots

May 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

Sometimes our Roots have to go deep to grow…

This morning as I was watering some hens ‘n’ chickens that I have kept over the winter, I noticed a tall leafy stem that was not part of them…I gently pulled it from the soil so as not to disturb the other roots. When I pulled this “stem” out, the root was much longer than the actual plant. This little green, leafy plant had to grow up a very long way to reach the sunlight to grow.

I thought how that there can be times in our life like that…they are usually painful times when our faith roots must be very deep so that we can grow toward the Sons light and work through our hurts. It is our “roots” that will sustain us when we haven’t reached the top yet, when we still feel as though we are ploughed under with hurt and pain.

Sometimes life isn’t easy, it is painful at every turn. It is full of risks…to love our spouses, our children, friends…and when we open our hearts to others, it allows them access the most tender, vulnerable part of who we are…and sometimes we get hurt. Sometimes it may even be us who are the ones that do the hurting to others…

But unless we are willing to open our hearts and be willing to expose our heart to others…we will probably never know the deep, abiding love of Jesus. Because it is there…in the deep part of our lives when we hurt and cry out to HIM to sustain us…to help us grow though this, that we find HIM…and All that HE brings…kindness, acceptance, healing for the hurt…and forgiveness for those who have hurt us.
And we walk away…wrapped in the assurance of HIS tender love for us.

Yes, life isn’t easy…but it is precious and if we will let God’s SPIRIT work in our lives…we will be the richer for it…and maybe…just maybe those around us too.

 

Linda Kropp got saved at 14.  ” I always say that I didn’t get into a lot of trouble…because my mom wouldn’t let me!”  Linda was a was a missionary from 1973-1985 in the States, Europe and Asia, 9 of those in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Her husband was in the same mission, “Christ is the Answer” and they were married in Sri Lanka in 1980.

They have one daughter, Elisabeth, a son-in-law and a 4 yr. old granddaughter and another granddaughter due in July.  They attend College Avenue Baptist Church in Bloomington where they both are Sunday School teachers.  In September of 2009, Linda was praying about a way to help missions and she felt the Lord put on her heart to open a thrift store in Clinton, IL and give 100 % of the profits to missions, crisis pregnancy centers and food pantries. So she did.  They also have a weekly Bible study; a mentoring program for homeschooled and public school students. They work with DOVE (a domestic violence program), the IDHS in Lincoln, and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.  They also have had numerous people commit their lives to Christ since they opened. It has become a ministry…and that is just the ones who have gotten saved. Many people come in daily with prayer needs and they pray for them.

 

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