“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. 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 17:7-8 NIV)
God gave me this Scripture, along with a song, back on October 1st during a devotion at the Hope Center for Women. While it applied to what we were talking about that day in devotion, I felt God telling me to not allow the Scripture or the song to stray far from my mind, because He had a purpose for them later on if I would just wait. I wrote them down in my notebook in an effort to not forget them. I am one of those types of people who has to physically write things down or I will not remember them. So I wrote down the Scripture and the song down, and I waited on God to bring the revelation.
On November 1st, we had an atypical Wednesday night church service at Breath of Life Ministries. God gave someone at church a warning dream and most of that evening's service was dedicated to praying about it and against what we had been warned about in the dream. During our prayer time, I kept hearing the word UNEARTH in my spirit. I leaned forward and had April look up the definition for me.
- To dig up out of as if out of the earth
- To find something in the ground by digging
- To discover (something hidden, lost, or kept secret) by investigation or searching
Fast forward a couple of days, and we are doing morning devotion at the Hope Center for Women. A couple of the girls are sharing their fears and struggles about motherhood, adjusting to having their kids back in their lives again, and wondering what life with be like with their kids once they leave the home and complete the program. Sue and April were counseling them and encouraging them. I was being silent. I'm the only girl in the house who isn't a mom yet, so when devotion conversations shift to talking about the girls and their children, I tend to just stay silent because I do not have anything to contribute to those conversations just yet. Sue was talking about roots of anger, roots of rejection, roots of fear, and other things that have to get out of all of us, and she talked to those couple of girls about how those negative deeply rooted things affected them as mothers dealing with their kids.
In my silence, God gave me the revelation I had been waiting on about Jeremiah 17:7-8, the word UNEARTH, and the song He gave me.
In my silence, I felt the Lord tell me that this is what this home is about. The Hope Center for Women. Whatever our individual circumstances, we all have negative things rooted deep in us that aren’t of Him, and they have to be brought out of us. That’s what Sue and April do. That's a big part of how they minister to us. God, through them, UNEARTHS all of those negative things rooted in us and begins to pull them out of us. Then they help us plant new roots deep in Him and He gives the increase, and manifests the words of Jeremiah 17:7-8 in our lives. We learn to trust Him and He makes us to be a tree planted by the water that sends out our roots by the stream, into His fountain of living water. We do not fear when heat comes and our leaves are always green. We have no worries in a year of drought and we never fail to bear fruit.
He then told me that if we allow Him to do that in us through Sue and April, then after this process is secured in us here at the Hope Center for Women, He will be faithful to do the same thing in all of their children. He will get rid of the negative roots in them that got there however they got there, and He will give their children roots planted deep in Him.
The song He gave me is 'For Your Splendor,' by Christy Nockels. It has become my prayer that I pray consistently over myself and all of the girls at the Hope Center for Women.
I'm so concerned with what I look like from the outside Will I blossom into what You hope I'll be Yet You're so patient just to help me see The blooms come from a deeper seed that You planted in me Sometimes it's hard to grow when everybody's watching To have your heart pruned by the One who knows best And though I'm bare and cold I know my season's coming And I'll spring up in Your endless faithfulness With my roots deep in You I'll grow the branch that bears the fruit And though I'm small, I'll still be standing in the storm 'Cause I am planted by the river by Your streams of living water And I'll grow up strong and beautiful, all for Your splendor, Lord So with my arms stretched out, I'm swaying to Your heartbeat I'm growing with the sound of Your voice calling You're bringing out the beauty that You have put in me For Your joy and for Your glory falling
With my roots deep in You I'll grow the branch that bears the fruit And though I'm small, I'll still be standing in the storm 'Cause I am planted by the river by Your streams of living water And I'll grow up strong and beautiful, all for Your splendor, Lord
Read Megan's story: www.hopecenterforwomen.org/megan