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The past few months have seen torrents of rain, high winds, and tornadic storms tear through our part of East Texas.  Trying to maneuver many county roads after a storm turns into an Indy-500 race avoiding the vast number of trees that have been uprooted.  Entire tall pines and oak trees fall leaving huge holes where their roots were once encased. Trees hit by lightning often reveal hollowed trunks. All of this to ask made me wonder how well grounded these trees really were.

To be well-grounded is to be stable, firm and immovable. Being well-grounded, well-rooted, or stable, is the state of being in a firm or unwavering situation, whether in the natural or physical realm (spiritually, physically, or emotionally). When I saw shredded trees from the aftermath of storms, I was brought to the realization that to be stable is an essential element of a settled life before God. In my life, I rely on God as stable and dependable(because I certainly am not). This allows me to completely rest in Him. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  It is this stability that is based on God’s unchanging nature. 

Are you well-grounded in life?  In your faith? Are you stable and able? Or are you confused and unsure? Being well grounded (with good roots) in faith to me means staying connected to God through the good and not-so-good times.

I have to practice being stable in order to stay on course with my growth spiritually, mentally and physically.  In today’s world, it’s so very easy to get off course resulting in less than desirable outcomes. Here are some ways to build and strengthen your faith:

• Pray: Prayer is a way to communicate with God and learn to recognize His voice. You can try carving out quiet time to pray, journal, and meditate on God’s word.

• Read the Bible: The Bible is a source of comfort, especially during difficult times. You can try memorizing and practicing scripture reading.

• Listen to sermons: You can listen to sermons at church or on podcasts.

• Share your faith: You can speak with others about your journey, hear the testimonies of other believers, or encourage each other daily.

• Join a community: You can find an accountability partner, such as a spouse, mentor, or group of friends, to celebrate, cry, laugh, and wrestle with your spiritual life.

• Exercise physically and spiritually.

• Practice these steps daily.

The Bible references cedars of Lebanon, which are described as tall, strong, majestic, and long-lived trees. Psalm 92:12 says, “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar in Lebanon.  That’s my goal … to be like those cedars … strong and well-grounded.

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries of Pittsburg, TX. She has been a contributor to Bound for Life and written numerous articles published in LifeNews, Christian Post and the Baptist Standard, and is the author of Go Tell It!  Debby can be contacted at caryjohnefurdministries@gmail.com.  

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