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Rooted As A Cypress And Myrtle Tree

We see all throughout the bible the references to nature. Tree’s, the stars in the sky, seeds, harvests, and so much more. Why do we see this so much? One, I believe that God is a genius so he has given us examples throughout his word that we can see easily. He always knows when we need help! When we see a bird flying in the air, we can be reminded of his provision. When we see storms, we can be reminded that they do not last forever. The Holy Spirit really helped me out today in two verses in Isaiah 55.

Isaiah 55:12-13

You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush, a cypress will come up, and instead of the brier, a myrtle will come up; this will stand as a monument for the LORD, an everlasting sign that will not be destroyed.-Isaiah 55:12-13

When we make Jesus the Lord of our life, we no longer hold onto our old way of living. Heart transformation has taken place and we are now a new creation. Our roots are now in a different ecosystem, the realm of heaven. We are now new creations and our roots should be growing down deep into Christ. We see in verse 12 that even the mountains and hills break out in praise when repentance takes place. The trees of the field will clap their hands as all of this takes place. What is amazing to me is that in these two verses the profound facts of not only the tree’s. But that God uses tree’s in his word to represent our new life found through salvation given to us through Jesus Christ. Looking at verse 12, it is now revealed to us through the Holy Spirit that all of heaven rejoices from those who makes Jesus their Lord.

Do you remember the Parable of The Sower? In Matthew 13 Jesus talks about his word falling upon different types of ground. Such as someone who hears the word of God and does not understand it the enemy snatches it away, this is the one along the path. The person who hears the word of God and immediately hears it with joy but has no deep roots, this is the one that has a rocky ground and it is short lived. The last two examples are both in Isaiah 55 and The Parable of The Sower. Jesus talks about the one sown among thorns, this is one who hears the word but is caught up in the world and the deceitfulness of wealth which in turn makes it unfruitful. Then finally comes the example of good ground. The one sown on good ground hears and understands the word and yields much fruit.

In Isaiah 55, God uses the examples of us as trees when our roots are grown down deep into him. Instead of a thorn bush we will be like a cypress tree. What is amazing about a Cypress tree is that they have extensive root systems that makes them able to adapt to any environment. They are free from disease and pests and can easily tolerate high winds and ice storms. These cypress trees bloom anywhere they are planted. When we have our roots growing down deep into Christ and his word, we are no longer easily carried away by the wind. We are not a tumble weed, we are a cypress tree with a firm foundation and rooted into God himself. When the storms of life try to take us out, we will not be overtaken because our extensive roots. They are firm, strong, and unbreakable. We are able to easily adapt to new environments because of our life-giving source, God himself. As a Cypress tree, a new creation, we are able to bloom where we are planted all because we lean into God and his word once again.

God then talks about us not being a brier, but a Myrtle. A brier is just another thorny bush. Remember the parable of the sower? What is interesting about a Myrtle is that there are different stages that this tree goes through in all different seasons. This tree’s flowers need to be pruned so it can reach it’s max capacity in fruitfulness. Just as the Lord prunes us of things that will not make us yield much fruit. Another interesting fact is that the myrtle tree’s seeds last even through the winter. Just as we will never have a season that is unfruitful when we are rooted in Jesus Christ. At all times we have access to not only living water but the bread of life! God used a myrtle tree also because of the easily germinate seeds of this tree. If you are like me you have no idea what germinate meant. To germinate means to cause a seed to easily sprout wherever it is planted. Just like you and I, God takes the seeds we plants and gives it growth. The most beautiful thing about the myrtle tree is that the leaves itself are used to heal. How beautiful is it that God uses us to be messengers of the Good News to heal the nations?

When our roots are grown deep into Jesus Christ, we are like both the cypress tree and the myrtle tree. We are not easily blown away in the storms of life and we are fruitful in every season. Time is never wasted, we go through seasons in life to prepare us for what is to come next. The seeds we plant, God will always give the growth. Pruning may be painful but man does it make us fruitful! We are called to share the Love of God because as it has healed our hearts, it will heal so many others. As a cypress and myrtle tree, a new creation, a Child of God, we are an “everlasting sign that will not be destroyed”.

You my friend, are a mighty cypress and delicate myrtle tree. Let God’s word grow down deep into good soil. Hear the word of God, ask for wisdom, and apply it to your life. God wants you to linked up with his root system to be strong and mighty, heal the nations, and plants seeds no matter where you are planted or what season you are in!

Further Scripture Study:
• Matthew 13
• Colossians 2:7-9
• Ephesians 3:17-19
• Isaiah 41:19
• Isaiah 44:23
• Jeremiah 13:11
• Psalm 1:1-3

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Small Victories With Great Gratitude

Today, would be a regular day for many of you. But today, for me is a day filled with many small victories and the mark of something grand. Since the car accident, our daily life has been hard at The Lunney household. At the beginning of the year I was exuberant about what was to come. The Lord made a way for me to write and the bills were paid. I had a very scheduled life, but a blessed one. Writing, reading, taking care of my husband, fellowship with friends, doing all the things I love was my life on a daily basis.

Then life happened.

Since the accident, life has changed. But I know in my heart, all of this is for the Glory of God. What the enemy used to bring harm and destruction, Jesus is bringing out good. One of the things God has directed me to do is to share this journey with you.

I have to be honest, for the past 3 weeks, getting out of bed and taking a shower has been a chore. The way I speak has no longer came natural but has been a process. Life happened and it left me not knowing who I was now. I remember who I was before. But who am I now? There is a disconnect no one can see but I live with on a daily basis. I know who I am in Christ. However, there was such a profound war happening that no one, not even my husband could see. It was in my mind.

I believe that by his wounds I am healed. I believe that the only way this ends is victory and the only way through this is, well, THROUGH it. Healing has been a process. The important things has been to remember not to compare and to continue.

Today has been productive, our house feels like a home and I was able to do more than I have been able to in the last 3 weeks combined. As I mopped my floor today, tears streamed down my face and I could not help but thank Jesus for the progress. My clean floor and the tears that fell to the floor were the mark of thankfulness. The wet floor of Mr.Clean and tears were an indication that I was able to do something that used to be apart of my normal routine. This is my new normal. But my new normal is marked with healing, thankfulness, and victory.

Learn to celebrate all your victories, even if they seem small. Do small things with GREAT gratitude. Do not discredit your victory and learn to celebrate others. Have an open heart to let God use you as you are and where you are, even if it’s sharing the victory of a clean floor. What is your victory today? God is celebrating with you and I am too.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 34:1 KJV

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Flawed, Messy & His Beloved-Devotional

When we vaunerable before the Lord, laying the messiest pieces of us in his hands… Not only does he mold those messy pieces into something beautiful-but he reveals to us that even through our flaws his love for us never wavers. He calls us fearfully and wonderfully made, his masterpiece,and this includes the parts we aren’t always excited to talk about. When we are unashamed, by laying these things as his feet, we are choosing for God to mold us as he see’s fit as his beautiful masterpiece. God wants all of us. Are willing to lay it all at his feet?

You shall also be [so beautiful and prosperous as to be thought of as] a crown of glory and honor in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem [exceedingly beautiful] in the hand of your God. You [Judah] shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord]. For as a young man marries a virgin [O Jerusalem], so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:3‭-‬5 AMPC

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This Is Your Sign To Not Give Up

In the moments you feel like giving up, ask God for strength to get you through. With the tears strolling down your face ask him to meet you there and surround you with reminders through his word of how much he cares. I can assure you he will meet you there, reminding you, his precious child of how much he loves you. Cast your cares upon him, allowing him to heal the hurt, and be surrounded by his love and inexhaustible peace. The only way we go out defeated is if we give up. Our God does the impossible. He is the one who never breaks a promise. In the waiting, just as this Psalm states intertwine yourself as one with God. After all, those who have their minds fixed on him will be in perfect peace.

Our God is faithful. Don’t lose hope in the waiting. Just draw a little closer to his heart instead.

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Purpose In The Process (Devotion)

There’s always purpose in the process!
You will go through this firery season and come put refined like silver rather than smelling like smoke.
The flames will not scorch you.
You may walk through deep waters but your heavenly father is with you to stop the waves from overwhelming you.
Rely on and trust fully in him!
If he is FOR you, who could be against you?
He is your deliverance, refuge, and protector.
Stand fearless in faith, knowing who is with you.

Other Scripture to Study:

  1. Daniel 3
  2. Isaiah 43

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