Roots and Fruit (MNM 4)
. . . blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
(Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV)
Our job is to trust in the truth; His job is to produce the results.
When we tend the roots, He grows the fruit.
I still have so much to learn, but I can confidently say this: trusting doesn’t begin with my making a list of behaviors and systematically training my children to practice them. It begins with putting myself in earshot of a loving Father’s guidance and trusting Him to do His part. So that’s where we’ll begin each part of this study—not by examining traits, but by anchoring our hearts and minds in the truth about our good God, and trusting in His ability, willingness, and desire to guide us along each step of the mothering journey.
As you make your way through these readings, my prayer is that you’ll rest confidently in God’s ability to help you discern what “fits” you and your family, that you'll feel the freedom to pass over what does not, and (most importantly) that you will be encouraged during this precious season of your life.
We’ll start the study with our next post. I can’t wait!