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Ephesians 5

I’m excited and grateful to have one of my blogs posted by A Word for Women this week! Here’s a little bit of it. To read the entire post, click on the link below.

“It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy”.
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Perhaps you’ve seen this saying floating around on social media. There is definitely truth in it, but there’s something missing.
There is something deeper than happiness that we experience when we are thankful – and that is JOY.
Isn’t that what we all crave?
True joy, deep-down-in-the-soul joy, a joy that doesn’t change with the life’s shifting winds.
The secret to getting that joy is this:
Give thanks.
That’s it. Simple. Just give thanks.

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Read the entire post here. 

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blessed

one of my favorite analogies is the one of trees

i’m not sure when my love for trees began

i’m not a hardcore tree hugger

although i have actually wrapped my arms around more than one

couldn’t help it

maybe its the way leaves change colors with seasons

or bark that can be so beautiful

perhaps its the way some bear fruit that persists well into winter

or that feeling of shelter as i stand under it’s canopy

even when bare, their silhouettes are graceful and strong

already analogies are numerous

but it’s the unseen that really draws me in

it’s the roots

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taking in

roots must take in water and nutrients to sustain what is above

like these hidden vessels, quietly absorbing

we gather soul-food when we spend quiet time with God

taking in His words of reassuring love and grace

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storing up

roots act as reservoirs to endure drought and extreme heat

life can bring tough circumstances

but the more we are in the Word,

storing it up like a reservoir of life-giving water,

the stronger our faith that can endure fiery trials

not only endure, but face them with no fear

and bear fruit as Jeremiah says in chapter 17

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supporting all

without a strong root system, trees can topple in any wind storm

but with a faith firmly and deeply rooted

we can stand tall amidst life’s pressures

God gives us the strength and support

to not only survive the storm, but to thrive and flourish

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lordwhose 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

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blessings,

Tracy

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