Deep Roots


“If the Roots are Deep and Strong,
the tree need not worry about the wind.”

–Jean Jacques Rousseau 
Horticulturists say that letting the ground dry out thoroughly before watering deeply helps root growth.  Light winds also are said to strengthen the trunks of young saplings.By forcing the roots to find their own water supply, they sink deep into the earth.
 This horticultural wisdom can cross over to an application in daily living.  Just like the harsh winds and water deprivation somehow make the trees stronger,deep roots of Faith in GOD can be developed in times of stress. 

Storms may beat against the stems of our lives,

but despite the storms, our Faith continues to grow.
Perhaps it may bend and sway at times when pounded by life’s elements, but our Faith only grows deeper roots and a sturdier “trunk” as a result.
 Little troubles can send your Faith deep—-
so you grow able to survive the Big Troubles!

One way we strengthen our Faith is
to read the Bible, and
Books about Theology as a Family.

We also LOVE children’s books.  
We find so much JOY in learning!”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 17:8

 Here are a few of our
Favorite Theological Books
at the present time:

 This book is divided
into forty-five “questions,”
each of which is answered
by a memory verse.

I love this book, because each question is spread over three days. On each day you ask the question (i.e., “How did Abraham respond to the Lord’s word?”), respond by practicing the memory verse (“Abraham believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness,” Gen 15:6), and then read a related passage of Scripture and a short devotional paragraph.
 By the end of the three days, the verse should be memorized AND the question will have been considered in some Scriptural depth — so the question about Abraham includes devotional readings from Romans 4 and Galatians 3.
It’s a wonderful structure for children ages 6 to 10, as they begin to encounter Scripture itself, as it provides an overarching structure to organize their experience of the Bible as God’s story for us.
One of my very favorites,
this text was originally written for
Sunday Schools, but I love
it for the family.

Cheryl Dunlop provides a practical teaching manual in this book,
designed to ensure that parents or adult readers are equipped to help children become motivated to do their best for the Lord.  We found it so helpful in raising our son up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD.
What are you reading with your children
to help them grow closer to the LORD?

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