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Sunday Stillness – Is the Root the best part?

Sunday Stillness – Is the Root the best part?

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

A few weeks ago I took the prompt for Creative Tuesdays for a FAIRY TALE TREE and  I painted my fairy tale trees.

But I kept thinking about the word “tree”.

I looked at the tree as an analogy of my life.

By planting a firm foundation, getting a big strong root – then I will stand strong in the storms because the roots will hold me. Roots also search out water. And that’s what I do – I search for the life giving water of Jesus, in everything I do.

The leaves and branches represent my life – and storms come, sun shines; sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s hot. My leaves are how I get nutrients into my system, which means – Bible study, attending worship, reading and studying His Word. I even thought about the branches that hold the leaves. I think they are my interests and life experiences – holding many leaves where I learn. They could even be the gifts that God gives me.

But I kept coming back to the roots.

Here are my thoughts.

Where are more adventures? – in the roots.
Travelling – roots travel far to find water. This leads to more experiences.
Roots meet other roots – and sometimes forge alliances; other times they have to skirt around the obstruction or find a new path.
My imagination is like the root of a tree – I can go in any direction and for as far as I need to go.
But the roots can’t be seen except for the fruit I produce.

This is the root of my life – my decision to follow Christ.

It is the thing that holds everything together.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17, ESV).


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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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WHAT ARE MY ROOTS – Five-Minute Fridays

What are My Roots – Five-Minute Fridays

Roots – Make them Firm

Friday – the time for a 5 minute post – no editing – just write. Linking to Lisa-Jo. Today’s word is ROOTS.

I never tired hearing my Dad talk about Ireland. He came with his family in 1921 when he was 11 years old. I loved hearing the old songs, my Grandma’s lilting Irish broque as well as my Aunt Edna’s, and about how green Ireland was. I knew my grandparents left Ireland because their business took place on one side of the line and their home on the other (Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland). I can still sing “Phil the Fluter’s Ball”. But I never asked enough questions.

My Dad passed away in 1993 and I never had the questions I have now. What was life like? What did you do as a child? I do know that he read Guliver’s Travels when he was 6 years old. This is where I get my love of reading. I can’t get enough – I read and read.

My Mom’s family is Canadian – Toronto – small shop owners. Maybe that’s where I get my love of marketing and sales. I love to tell others about Christ. Always on my mind – how awesome is our God. But I didn’t ask her enough questions either. She died at the age of 94 in January 2012.

But the best roots of all come from our connection with God. He is our ROOT. Jesus is the root of Jesse who hails back to Adam. Isn’t that wonderful!

“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 power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—
 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:1-3 NIV).

Let’s build firm roots – in our families, with our friends and co-workers. In order to grow in Jesus we need firm roots.



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Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox