Roots & Fruits

My 15 year-old daughter has recently become interested in plants. This is amusing because I can only keep humans and animals alive. I simply cannot remember to water a plant. My people and dog will let me know their needs. A plant wilts silently from lack of water and then it is too late. My daughter is much like her father. He buys orchids, the hardest plant to keep alive, and somehow they are all thriving.

Orchids bloom in six month intervals. It is strange when you see their vibrant blooms for so long, then suddenly there are none. Even though there are no blooms, the roots still need to be nourished and cared for. The roots of an orchid are rounder and more dense than the stems of the plant. They need constant moisture despite having no flowers. Once the roots exceed their container, the orchid must be replanted quickly.

Roots need as much care as the flower.

In our spiritual lives, this is also true. We frequently claim aspects of the Christian life, yet do not spend time tending to our roots and producing fruit of spiritual growth. I grew up in church. I was baptized at age twelve. Checking off the “baptism” box meant to me that I would not be going to hell. In my mind, that was what it meant by being a Christian, avoiding hell. At age 18, I went to a church camp and was told by one of my leaders that he could not wait to see what God was going to do in my life. Something clicked in my mind and my heart. Being a Christian was more than salvation. Living for God and building a relationship with Him on a daily basis puts you on a path of transformation. I not only wanted to live a saved life, but a transformed life.

When Paul wrote to the church in Colossae, they were in the same place. He acknowledged their faith, love for one another, and hope, but he also encouraged them toward spiritual growth. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 Paul did not want the church of Colossae to stop with praying the “sinner’s prayer” and continuing to live their lives the way they always have. This is the same for believers today.

How often have you clicked on internet links for something like “30 Days to Healthier Eating”, “30 Days to a Stronger Core”, or “Decluttering Your Home in 30 Days”? If we are so driven to create habits to work on bodies or our homes, why don’t we create habits to work on our spiritual growth? When I have asked this question, some responses are: lack of time, discipline, and focus.

I am creating a program for those who need a more consistent path to strengthen their spiritual life. I want to walk with you to help you deepen your roots and produce an abundance of fruit. As a member, oyou will have access to a private online community where we will focus on one area of spiritual practice together for 30 days through online content and videos.

Honestly, I can not wait to walk this journey with you. Since 2020 fell apart, I have needed to put some boundaries into my life for more focus and discipline. I do not want any more of this year to be wasted. Let’s finish 2020 stronger than anyone ever imagined!

Is your interest peaked yet?

Want more information?

I will be going live on Facebook and Instagram on Thursday, June 18th at 12pm to talk about this new venture. You can find me here: Facebook and Instagram .

See you on Thursday!

Published by Leah Lively

Born and raised in Virginia, Leah’s faith journey began in a loving family and a small church in a small town. She is a wife to one and a mom to four along with a sweet boxer pup. As writer, blogger, and an aspiring speaker, Leah also enjoys reading, watching movies with her hubby, and creating memories with her family. Leah is motivated by 2 Corinthians 13:11 where Paul encourages the church in Corinth to “become mature and be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” She wants believers to grow in their faith and discover a hunger for God’s word. Leah’s genuine and authentic style of presenting the gospel lays a foundation for readers to learn more of God’s Truths. Through the challenges of life as a wife and mother, Leah's greatest desire is to let you know you are not alone and there is a God who can get you through the hard moments.

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