Thursday, March 29, 2018

"So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love," Ephesians 3:17 NIV

Families are made by God's design. In the middle of life I forget this sometimes. We get caught up in the daily grind of doing the dishes, and food shopping, and appointments and...the list goes on. God never forgets the importance of who we are to one another.

I love this picture of a young family. I can imagine the father is telling the children a story. Maybe about brushing teeth, since the little boy has a toothbrush. Whatever it is, we can see that a closeness, a bond is present.

Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. This is a bond with our Father that can't be broken. We could break it, but He would never do such a thing. It is against His nature to ever let go of us. This draws my heart closer to his. I want to strengthen my bond of love with him.

It's the roots that we put down in various places that hold the ground. The roots of family, of love, of commitment. Have you ever pulled a plant out of the ground so that it's roots are exposed?

The dirt clings to it. It is not meant to be out of the ground. Once the roots are exposed to the air, it starts to die. Shock can set in. We can hurry and place it back in the ground, and it will be al right. It might take some time to re-orient itself.

Our society wants us to adhere to its dictates of anything goes, and commitment is thrown out the window. There is no stability in their lives, and therefore no peace. The bond of love that God gives frees us to be everything he wants us to be, and fulfillment and peace walk with it. He gives us a longing to be complete in him.

Today is unlike any other. This might be your day to draw closer to the father heart of God. It will be a day to remember always, and you will be changed.

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