Hasn’t this been the most beautiful 11-day journey together? I have loved each and every devotional written by these amazing women. Truly ladies, you are a gift to all of us at CityHope! Thank you for sharing your hearts with us.
As we conclude this devotional that has walked us through Isaiah 61, the heart behind this year’s conference, my prayer is that we would actually feel this is everything BUT a conclusion. Girls, this is a launching pad!
I can’t escape that picture we discussed at Unique. A young acorn with a single sprout, a taproot, searching for a RELIABLE water source. Once the source is found, the acorn begins to spread roots in all directions. We likened that to our search for our ONLY reliable source being in Christ alone. As our identity and security are found in Christ, we grow in strength beyond our wildest dreams….in every direction! My prayer is that this devotional journey has led you to a place of affirmation and assurance that THE source in your life is Christ. It’s an ongoing process. I’ve been a believer in Christ my entire life and STILL have moments and circumstances that seek to rob this identity from me. CONTINUALLY evaluate your source. Constantly examine where you are seeking identity. As Christ remains our source, strength begins to grow in place of our weakness and wholeness grows in place of our brokenness. This is the miracle of having God as your source, and not yourself. But there is a next step (in case you didn’t know, there’s always a next step!).
Being PLANTED in the house of God is a critical piece of remaining PLANTED in Him. The root structure, the fungal network (yep, I said fungal! If you weren’t at Unique….well, you missed it!), the interdependency between us is God’s design – His creation.
I love these verses in Psalm 92:12-13 (NIV):
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
Girls, take the next step. Click on the “Groups” tab along the top of cityhopewomen.cc. Learn more about hosting or attending a CityHope Women’s Group this summer.
Let’s be PLANTED, together. If we are to remain CONTINUALLY planted, we must be planted in the house of the Lord in community with one another.
We love you, we are cheering for you, and we’re in your corner!
Jenni is the wife of Jonathan Spuler, Malbis Campus Pastor. Jenni serves CityHope by leading CityHope Women. She has grown to adore the sport of soccer, as all 5 of her kids play competitively. When the family is not traveling for soccer tournaments, she loves family time at the backyard fire pit at nights.