Be Free: Contentment

tree planted by a river

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water…”

My motto for 2018 is #FreeToFly. As I sit and think about the great things God continues to do in the life of me and my daughter, I can’t help but thank Him for being the wind beneath my wings. I’ve trusted Him in heart-wrenching situations, and He has yet to fail us. I have even made some poor choices, but His promises still stand as I repent and reposition myself in His boundaries.

As I have been striving to fly in the freedom of who He has called me to be He’s given me lessons as it pertains to trees in preparation for our new season together.

Prayerfully, I hope you’ll be encouraged and strengthened as I share them with you in the weeks to come.

It is obviously Summer in Texas, and as I have actually paid attention to the trees it amazes me how they stand in 104 degree weather. I take notice of the trees in groups and even the tress that are literally scattered along trails. I take notice of the dead, yellowish-brown grass and dried creeks and ponds…and I couldn’t help but beckon God and ask, “How are they still standing?”

And He replied, “Because their roots run deep into unseen places that supply the very nutrients and minerals that allows them to stand…strong”

I said, “That’s good”!!!

I believe that to be true for single mothers, too. It says something about the strength of the single woman parenting alone. People watch from afar and admire her (your) strength, motivation, organization, and tenacity.

We have to be connected to someone, or something, in order to manage the pressure of getting children ready, serving wholeheartedly on our jobs, then come home to cook, and run our kiddos to extra-curricular activities…that’s just Monday! Lol. But that’s us!

We’re like that tree planted by the riverbank. We provide shelter for our babies and sometimes family (shade of the branches), fruit for them to enjoy, and even the opportunity for rest even when we ourselves don’t have the energy we need to be our best selves.

We selflessly give because our Redeemer and Sustainer supplies us with strength to be content in all circumstances.

So, I am writing to encourage you…us…to continue to stand in strength, confidence, and contentment. For your labor is not in vain! Continue to let the Lord be your hope and confidence for the love of the Lord is a strong tower! The righteous run in and are safe…


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