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The Roots and Stem of my Life

 4.4.11

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My little one and I have studying Botany this school year and I was teaching her that just like we have bones to give a strong structure to our bodies, so plants have stems to give them structure. Stems are strong, they rise up looking for the sunlight, they open their way even in the most unexpected places and sprout out life.

And now, as I have been reflecting on the Doctrines taught in the Bible, I have realized that each doctrine in the Word of God is part of the stem that gives structure to my spiritual life. We have always heard that our roots must be grounded in the Word of God, and it is true; but today I want to reflect on the stem. The doctrines (teachings on the Bible upon a particular area) are like the stem in a plant, we can have weak stems or strong stems. When the wind blows hard and the storms of life come, our roots help us not to be blown away, and strong stems help us bend, even bend low and not break.

Today I am grateful for the teachings of the Bible, the sound doctrines that uphold my life, that give structure to my soul. I pray that if I am to live through a strong storm, even through a hurricane, I will be well rooted in the Word and that the stem in my life will be able to bend low but not break.

I am grateful for... (#1247- 1258)





The Holiness of God which reminds me of how sinful I am and how desperately I need His grace.

Where would I be if it were not for God's patience?

The Faithfulness of God... I am so grateful that His constant love, His faithfulness does not depend on  my performance.

The power of God, to know that He is indeed all powerful!

God's Grace, His amazing grace, his grace which I cannot comprehend!

The Love of God, eternal, immeasurable, perfect, holy, sovereign... the joy of being loved by Him.

The doctrine of the wrath of God, I would not understand the magnanimity of God's grace if I didn't know about the wrath of God.

The immutability of God; I am grateful that He never, never changes.  And because He is immutable His breathed Word never changes.

The Decrees of God... "O my reader, how thankful should we be that everything is determined by infinite wisdom and goodness! What praise and gratitude are due unto God for His Divine decrees. It is because of them that"we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28). Well may we exclaim, "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things:to whom he glory forever. Amen" (Rom 11:36)." A.W. Pink




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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

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