Bloom Where You Are Planted!


⁣“… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬⁣

⁣I am so thankful that I am not expected to display the fruit of the Spirit in my life through my own strength and ability! When I try to “live right” many times I come up short. But, as I draw closer to the Lord and seek the Holy Spirit to manifest HIS fruit in and through me – I discover that the fruit of the Spirit becomes more evident in my life. ⁣


⁣I know that most of you have heard the saying “Bloom where you are planted.” I was thinking about this today. Brothers and Sisters, we are planted in a very unique place right now. We are planted in the “garden of quarantine.” We are being instructed to restrict ourselves to a stay-at-home environment. ⁣

⁣I would say to you, Brothers and Sisters, that we have been placed in a very special kind of home/house. I believe that many of us find ourselves in a “hothouse.”⁣

⁣I was thinking about what a hothouse is in gardening. But, as I began looking up definitions – I saw meanings that went beyond a greenhouse definition and really related to the times we find ourselves in. ⁣

⁣A couple of definitions I discovered were:⁣
⁣1). an environment that encourages rapid development 2). an environment where there is great pressure⁣

⁣I would definitely say we are living in a “hothouse” type of environment! Are you feeling “great pressure” as we continue to live in this time of isolation? ⁣

⁣I believe the Lord is using this time to “encourage rapid development” in our spiritual lives. It is a time of diving in deeper into the things of the LORD! We need to ramp up our prayer lives; immerse ourselves in our Bible study; and let worship infiltrate into all areas. ⁣

⁣I am reminded of Acts 17:28⁣
⁣“For in him we live and move and have our being…”

Dearest LORD, as we continue to make this journey with each other and more importantly – with YOU – I pray that You will use these times of great pressure to develop in us a deeper capacity to bear greater fruit in the world. We desire to bloom during this time and not wither. We thank You for all that You are doing in us and through us for Your glory! Our deepest desire is to truly LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING IN YOU!! Amen and Amen!⁣

⁣~Tina K. Roach⁣






Reach Higher!

I have doves that come to my house to feed. They peck in search of food under my bird feeders. They search out whatever food has fallen as the other birds are eating.

Today for the first time I saw two doves eating directly from the feeders!

I think they finally realized in order to get what they needed – they must go higher – directly to the source!

Yes, sometimes we get what we need from what others have learned – but, sometimes we need to go higher – directly to the Source!!!

HUNGER FOR GOD


January is a time for new goals and resolutions to be made. It’s the first month of a new year and so many of us take this time to re-evaluate our lives.

What are we doing that needs to be stopped?  Do we have some self-destructive behaviors that are undermining our progress forward?

What do we need to start doing?  Are there things that we know we should be doing, but for whatever reason, we are not doing them?

And, of course, one of the major things that seem to come up is diet.  Losing weight and getting healthier physically is the focus for many people as the new year begins.

I pray that during our focus on food and the hunger that arises as we begin to change our eating habits…we shift our focus to God.  I pray that our hunger for physical things will be replaced with an increasing hunger for the Lord.

I pray that as we go over different exercise plans to get our physical bodies into shape…we will begin to get our spiritual lives into shape through the different “exercise plans” that the Lord himself has set before us.

May we be more intentional in our Bible reading; our worship; and our prayer during 2016.  May we be more intentional about drawing near to the Lord and deepening our relationship with Him.

May the LORD Himself stir up a HUNGER within us for more of His presence actively moving within our lives!!  May it be so, LORD!!