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Rooted In The Word

Rooted In The Word

by Karen Berry

Can you feel the excitement in the air?  We are just days away from the most extraordinary celebration of the year. The birth of our New Born King!  The day we receive the perfect gift, The Word in the flesh. The Promise fulfilled.  

During this time of year, every moment is precious, but I do hope you will keep reading as I share with you what God laid on my heart this holiday season. I’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider joining me in this adventure in 2022. However, let’s first rewind a few weeks and start at the beginning. 

This year, just like every year, our family went to pick out a Christmas tree.  We played Christmas music as we prepared to find the perfect tree. Because we live in Florida, we went to a large covered parking lot filled with stacks of trees to sort through. With the scent of pine wafting through the air, we enjoy looking for “the one” we would take home. 

Our Christmas tree is a nostalgic one. Almost every ornament has a story. Loved ones created some, and others were picked out to remember a special occasion or place. Hanging the ornaments on the tree each year fills my heart with joy. Then, after the work is done, we get to stand back and enjoy our masterpiece. Every year I am amazed how much I cherish having this big bulky tree in our house, how the room always seems cozier and more filled with love because of the tree.  

We just love the tradition of having a live tree for Christmas, but there is always one big challenge. For all you “real tree people”, you understand that the next month becomes all about keeping your tree drinking water as long as possible so that the tree stays fresh and healthy. You know the drill; every morning you have to bend down to check the basin and refill if needed. This year, you can imagine my dismay and disappointment when I checked the basin the first morning, and it was still full to the brim. Oh no, I thought, this tree is not even going to last until Christmas. I stood back and looked at our tree, thinking, it looks so beautiful on the outside, but it is really just slowly dying.

When I pondered on this for a moment, I thought, I can relate. How often do I dress up on the outside, but inside I still allow life-sucking activities to fill my time, mind, and soul. (negative influences, doubt, anxiety, fear & worry, materialism & greed…..the list goes on and on) 

I love that our Amazing God uses moments like these to speak to us. He had the image pop into my head of an extensive root system of a tree. BEING ROOTED - this is what a tree needs to help it thrive, and so do we. God ask me to start thinking of the importance of the roots of a tree instead of just focusing on the outer appearance of the tree.  

With this gentle nudge, I looked up some information about roots online and in scripture. I was trying to figure out what the LORD was sharing.  

In the article, The Root System of Oak Trees, I loved how Mary Simpson spoke about the importance of the roots of a tree, so I am going to share a direct quote. 

“a tree’s root system is not given the appreciation it warrants. This configuration of underground tentacles is the source of health or illness for the tree, and when winds buffet the tree, it serves as an anchor. The roots are what gives the tree its strength to grow upward and outward.”

Like many, I have never really stopped to appreciate the roots system that supports the magnolia tree bursting with beautiful white flowers, the majestic oaks that create a canopied road, or an orange tree dotted with delicious fruit just waiting to be plucked. Of course, I know the roots are there; they just have not been on my radar. 

As I dove into God’s Word and focused on finding scripture about roots, there were, like always, many truths and promises for me to pause & reflect on.  

Being in this season of Advent and preparing for the birth of our LORD and Savior, the verses in Isaiah reminded me that all things are possible with God. Even when things look hopeless, God can find a way to bring life. Jesus came into this world through a family tree that was filled with brokenness, sin, and shame. But, because they were rooted in God, this New Branch could shoot up, bringing hope, light, and love onto the earth.  

Isaiah 11: 1-3

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, 

the Spirit of counsel and of might, 

the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord-

and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. 

Furthermore, Jeremiah 17:7-8 spoke directly into my soul. It was the nurturing words I needed to hear. Reminding me that my hope and confidence come from the Lord and that through being DEEPLY rooted in Him, I can face every storm and any drought that comes my way. It was also a blessing to read that God can still use me to bless others “never stop producing fruits,” even during my most challenging season. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.  Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by the long months of drought.  Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit." 

The last scripture that I will share is a little different from the first two because it was written after Jesus had come down to earth. In Colossians 2:7, we have the privilege to read the words Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae. He says, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” In this verse, Paul tells us whom to build our life on and whom to deeply root into, JESUS! Jesus, whose birth we are about to celebrate. Jesus, who brings hope and joy to the entire world. Jesus, who loves you and me unconditionally.  

In 2022, let’s read every word we can about Jesus. Let’s read the most incredible love story ever written. Let’s become DEEPLY ROOTED in THE WORD through His Word.  

Please consider joining me in reading the Bible in a year in 2022. Ask a friend or family member to join you too.  I know God will reveal wondrous things to us through His life-giving Word. 

Below are a few different plans that you may want to consider. You can purchase a student bible and follow their plan, you can watch daily youtube or listen to a podcast.

If you have read the Bible in a year, we’d love to hear some tips or words of encouragement. If you like a specific reading plan, please share it with our readers. 

Merry Christmas Friends! 

 

The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz on YouTube or listen to their Podcast 

bibleinayear.org gives you the ability to read and listen.  
My husband has the updated version of the NIV Student Bible that has a 3 - Track plan

Bible.com has a plethora of plans to choose from

 

Dec 28, 2021

I loved yesterdays reading, it was simply beautiful. Thank you so very much. I have been reading along with Father Mike Schmitz every day, it is a wonderful way to get started reading the Bible. Very easy to follow and you never miss a day. I highly recommend it. Can’t wait to start over there’s so much to be learned.

Barb S
Dec 26, 2021

Thank you SO MUCH For this gift of telling us about Bible in a Year w Fr. Mike Schmitz! I have started it and am also listening to his You Tube lessons. He is fantastic! I have also shared his content with my sister in NJ, who bought me one of your Prayer Bowls. Thank you for all of these blessings!

Kathy Peters
Dec 26, 2021

I would LOVE to do this, a YouTube daily walk through the Bible. I noticed this one is a Catholic one…how is this different than a Christian (NLT) Bible? Forgive my question..I have only been a believer for a year. If anyone knows of other great YouTube daily Read the Bible in a year (Christian?) sources I’d love to know. Thanks!

Kathy Peters
Dec 20, 2021

Thank you so much for sending these emails to me. I find myself thinking more on God’s word after reading the email. Thanks again. May God bless you.

Jo Eva
Dec 20, 2021

I have read the Bible from cover to cover for the last 5 years. Every year I discover something new that leads me on to more and deeper study. I recommend getting a special Bible that is marked out for each day so that you will not miss any of the precious truths.

Candace
Dec 20, 2021

Come Follow Me is a weekly lesson for the year 2022 suggested by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is a wonderful resource for understanding the Old Testament. I highly recommend it.

Diane Adamson
Dec 20, 2021

I have always used a 1-year Bible and have been thru several different translations. I have found that even the books I don’t understand today become the books I love tomorrow. So as I have learned, read the whole Bible. It will speak to you in ways you can’t even imagine and you will have the whole Word of God in your heart where the Holy Spirit can access it anytime you need to be reminded of something. It’s wonderful.

Amelia C Scriven
Dec 20, 2021

I received my beautiful prayer bowl from a dear friend and hold it each morning to begin my daily devotion. How wonderful to have the Monday messages to look forward to set the tone of my week.

Jean Marino
Dec 20, 2021

I am about to compete The Bible Recap with Tara-Leigh Cobble. After listening to scripture being read to you she explains in a easy to understand way what you listened to. There is also an overview at the beginning of each new book that literally draws out the passage. I highly recommend walking through the Bible with Tara-Leigh.

Lou Ann
Dec 20, 2021

I have read through the Bible in a year many years. Then one year I tried journaling, summarizing, or writing the verses that spoke to me each day (that actually took me several years to get through the entire Bible doing that). The hardest thing for me when doing this is that I like to study it more than just reading it. I’ve found that, if I do that,I get bogged down, so now I pray before I read that God will speak to my heart through His Word, & I just read the passage. I still do Bible studies throughout the year, but the daily reading is only daily reading. I would miss it if I didn’t. God blesses me every day as I read.

Cyndi Butler
Dec 20, 2021

I look forward to Monday’s encouraging and inspiring words. Thank you so much.

Phyllis Ray
Dec 20, 2021

What a joy it is to receive these messages in my inbox. It is not a coincidence that this is on your heart to read the Bible in a year, 2022 will be a year of great victory if we stay in HIS word. It’s the only way. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! And I’m praying for everyone to join in this journey and to stand strong in faith. Including myself. God bless!!

Kerry
Dec 20, 2021

My husband and I read the Bible every morning before we start our day. It’s a rule no phone no texting email tv before we read . ( not saying some times it get missed or pushed to later due to circumstances, but rarely once you get into this mode ).We read out
loud each 10 versus a complete chapter. We read Old Testament then a Plasm then proverb which of course you start over the 1 st of every month then finish with a chapter in the New Testament. We have done this for years now . We started with Genesis Plasm 1 Probverb 1 and Matthew 1 I don’t know that we get the complete Bible done in a year but we complete it and begin again snd again. Right now we just finishing Chronicles 2 Plasm 87 Proverb 20 and we are starting 1 Peter 1 this morning. Which means we will be in Revelation in just
12 days then start over again with Matthew 1 . It’s wonderful !
Waiting on Lord
Dale and Bernie Little

Bernie Little
Dec 20, 2021

Reading the Bible in a year! What a great gift! I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now. If your not already doing so, please consider interpreting the meanings even if there are more than 1 for each passage and who the people are writing them. A little background on the writers will help put the pieces together.

I believe I will get so much more out of reading it with others and understanding the word if God. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Lorraine

Lorraine Mei
Dec 20, 2021

Beautifully written message! I especially love the inspiration to be deeply rooted in 2022. Merry Christmas!

Lara
Dec 20, 2021

This was so refreshing for my money me and soul. What an awesome message for an awesome time of year. GOD BLESS YOU!

Levenia Smith
Dec 20, 2021

I wanted to thank you for all these encouraging words every Monday.I recently sent a prayer bowl to my dearest friend Kathleen for Christmas she was overwhelmed by its purpose and beauty.Thank you , once again.A Blessed Christmas to you all

Diane Lynch
Dec 20, 2021

I’m IN,
I finish next week for the second consecutive year of reading the Bible in a year.
I’ll start again on January 1, 2022.
I’m using BibleProject.
2 Tim. 3:17-17

Fitz Conner

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