Valerie Jones

{Live with Purpose. Lead with Passion.}

I am a blogger, worship leader, and speaker who helps worship leaders and team members connect with purpose and passion in life and leadership by offering encouragement, community, and practical resources so that they can thrive in life and leadership, both on and off the platform.

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{Five Minute Friday | Grow}

It's Five Minute Friday. That means unplanned, unedited, straight-from-the-heart-to-the-paper writing. Yep, you just write whatever comes out based on a word you're given. If you have five minutes, you should give it a try!  Find out how here.

This week the prompt is {GROW}. I am a day late to the party, but I made it. Woo!

Ready? GO.

Just a few weeks ago, dandelions had overtaken our front yard. Seriously. It was bad. My husband, hoping to be thrifty, researched DIY solutions. The most promising solution: pull the weed up by the root. I'm going out on a limb here in saying whoever suggested this as a solution didn't have a hundred dandelions growing in their grass. If you're wondering, we skipped the process of uprooting them all. One pass of the lawn mower and they were gone! But, they can still grow because the root remains. So, I was thinking.

 We all grow throughout our lives. Growth means there's life, breath. Trees lose their leaves and regrow them each spring. Long after we stop growing tall, we still have the capacity for growth - we get smarter, stronger, more mature in our patterns of thinking.  Yeah, it's good to keep growing. I don't want to stop growing, but I want to grow in the right direction. There's something I can do about that, you know? See, what goes on beneath the surface hugely affects what's visible above the surface. Likewise, what goes on above the surface can either encourage or hinder healthy growth. There is verse after verse of Scripture that applies, but here are two of my favorites:

Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will be strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. Ephesians 3:17

When you are rooted in Him, growth will be in the right direction. Why? That's easy. He's trustworthy. He's good. He makes it His business to grow us into something beautiful for His glory. And, He is ever so patient as He tends to my heart. For that I am grateful.