“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green” — Psalm 92:12-14 NIV
Growing I want to grow slowly, like moss. Spread out with lively verdancy, stay bright and fresh, remain green-leaved. May I carpet my mind, my interior castle, my spirit with holy wisdom, with resiliency I can confidently walk upon with ease. Let me be rooted like a sturdy oak tree which freely spreads itself—its bark, branches, trunk and leaves across the forest floor because sunlight invites it to, and it knows how to grow and mature. May I stay strong and stable, secure during life’s fiercest storms, unshaken, unmoved, unbroken, unbowed, bravely holding on. Because I know that I am girdled around with supernatural strength that is not my own, but generously given to me as a pure gift of grace, one which stems from a surrendered dependency, while I stretch and remain rooted in faith. © joylenton
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.” ― Helen Keller
Whatever we might face, God will give us help and strength. While we wait, God grows our hope and faith. Whenever we feel weak, He enables us to soar above our challenging circumstances and depend on His grace. We’re covered, my friend, even though it might not feel like it sometimes.
Spiritual growth, whereby we develop wisdom, patience, maturity, resilience, and faith, is a slow process. I’m needing to remember that and give myself grace because we have an opportunity to move house this summer—gulp!—and will need those characteristics in abundance. We have a few short months in which to decide, downsize, declutter, and discard enough to make the move achievable for us.
I’m trusting that the months ahead of being more deeply rooted in faith will be rewarded by being fully equipped for all that lies ahead, because God is faithful to support and lift us up when we feel weak. Consequently, my words here will be sporadic while my limited energy, focus and strength are needed elsewhere. I welcome your prayers and look forward to reconnecting with you whenever I can. Blessings and love. xo 🙂 ❤