When I was a kid, my family moved around A LOT. As the child of military parents, we seemed to always be on the move… so much that I went to eleven different schools between kindergarten and the twelfth grade! I’m sure this sounds like an absolute nightmare to some people, but I’ve always tried to find the silver lining–since I was always “the new kid”, I had to learn early on to be adaptable and get long with all kinds of people. As an adult, I am grateful for these life skills I got so much practice in over the years.
Even though I think my wandering childhood had some good effects on me, I also feel like it put a spotlight on a particular longing I’ve always had in my heart–a craving to belong to something substantial and permanent; to be rooted and established in one spot.
Regardless of how you were brought up, I think this is a somewhat common desire for people, especially women. We all want to feel understood, we want to make a difference, and we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
I don’t think this was an accident! God certainly had something specific in mind when He created us with the desire to be “established”. There’s a great example in Ephesians of how beautifully this desire can work for His glory when we understand, and point that desire towards serving Him:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” -Ephesians 3:16-19
Read those words again… let them really sink in. We are established in LOVE! That’s where our roots are! It doesn’t matter if you moved all over like I did, or lived in the same house from the day you were born until you moved out as an adult–our most important sense of belonging and power comes from Christ. And it gets even better when we come together as a group with other believers. Incredible, right?
I’m super excited about our Spring women’s event, because we will be talking about this very verse!
Our Women’s Ministry Team has been planning this event for months now, and as we put finishing touches on everything, we are praying that ladies will come and feel enriched and uplifted by a night of good food, good friends, and good words spoken to us by Brenda Bird! If you haven’t registered yet, do it today! Bring a friend along and enjoy an evening where you can plant your feet firmly in the love of Christ. Oh, and there WILL be dessert! (Just in case you needed more convincing…)
See you there!
Established t-shirts are also available for purchase at registration! Find more details at vvcc.org/established.