Rooted and Grounded in Love

It has been a while since I’ve blogged… I miss being able to pour out what is happening in my life… in my inner self. Here’s the latest, for those who are stickin’ with me through the lulls of the blog world.

May I just share that yesterday (Monday) was a very, very challenging day for me. Emotionally I was a faucet, upset mostly with myself after I lost patience with my children. Our youngest, Elliot, is in the terrible threes. Yes, you read right, the terrible threes. Something about being three is wonderful, yet challenging as they understand their influence and ability to make things change/happen through their behavior. Whether it’s biting, hitting, pulling hair, or just plain screaming, Elliot has figured out how to push all of our buttons (sometimes ALL of them at the same time!). Needless to say, I was a mess, and completely overwhelmed with mothering! It was one of those days where I wanted to quit my job. Take a hike. Get out. Crawl in a hole. I think you get the picture.

I cried. I yelled. I asked God, “why can I not handle this at all?” I have to admit, sadly, I haven’t been as close to His Word or His heart lately. I’ve allowed many distractions and my weariness (from pregnancy and other) to get in the way of waking early to soak up treasures from The Word. This morning I got up early enough… before the kids (thank you Lord!) and was moved towards this scripture:

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. – Ephesians 4:16-21 KJV

So, I’m not usually a King James Version Bible reader, but this scripture in this version speaks beautifully to me. There is also a great online tool that I used to look up the original Greek meaning of some of the words. The original Greek word for might is dunamis, which means “strength power, ability… inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth” and my favorite: “moral power and excellence of soul.” Excellence of soul. Whew! Don’t I need that! Original Greek word for dwell is katoikeo, which means “to dwell, settle… metaph. divine powers, influences, etc., are said to dwell in his soul, to pervade, prompt, govern it.” I do desire for the Lord to govern my soul… to prompt it in holiness in every situation. The original Greek word for rooted is rhizoo which means “to cause to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded.” I pray that the Lord establish me and have me thoroughly grounded in Him. And lastly, the original Greek word for grounded is themelioo which means “to lay the foundation, to found… to make stable, establish.” Stability. Wow, do I need that desperately. How true (at least for me) that when life becomes overwhelming and stressful is out of instability. Whether out of lack of planning or focus… distractions that take away from family.

Lord Jesus, be my rock today. May I cling to your everlasting promise of love. Jesus, come and dwell, invade, govern my soul and may I be rooted in your love. Show me today how I may know the breadth and length, height and depth of your love for me. Thank you for your mercy and grace as I struggle through life and even my day. Lord, please work within me and accomplish far more than what I can ask and imagine… You receive all the glory!

One Response to Rooted and Grounded in Love

  • Christine says:

    Praise God that He has revealed what you can believe Him for…to be fixed and grounded in Him, to be prompted in holiness before the natural response, and for excellence of soul. I pray that you will remain in Him today and be blessed by all He wants to do in and through you.