Week 4 // Strong Connections Have Deep Roots
Know: 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
Consider: In Richfield, Utah, you will find an enormous grove of aspen trees known as The Pando Forest. The 47,000 trees in this vast 107-acre forest are actually not individual trees, but stems that share the same root system. Scientists describe this grove of aspens as the largest living organism in the world.
The Pando Forest is able to thrive because of the connection the roots have to one another. Through the shared roots flow water, nutrients, and life-giving elements that each aspen needs to survive and thrive. This ecological wonder provides a powerful picture of the connection we share with Christ and with one another. Just like the Pando Forest, in Christ, we share the same stabilizing and sustaining roots.
Meaningful relationships do not usually fall into our laps. We must be intentional to seek and build that kind of community—especially in this transient military life. Sisters, it is worth the effort! Just as the shared roots of the aspens sustain and stabilize the Pando Forest, the connection we share in Christ is a connection that will sustain and stabilize our lives.
God made us for relationship with Christ and with one another.
Reflect: Questions for Discussing & Journaling
- How is the Pando Forest a picture of connectedness?
- How are Christians connected to one another?
- Am I connected to God through faith in Jesus Christ?
- What are things that help me feel connected to God?
- What are things that help me feel connected to others?
Continue: Weekly Memory Verse & Daily Homework
Day 1: Type out Ephesians 3:16-19. Meditate on it’s truths and work on memorizing it throughout your day.
Day 2: Christ’s power enables us to encourage one another. How do the following verses encourage us to reach out? Read Acts 28:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Hebrews 3:13 and use your journal to reflect on what this looks like in your own life.
Day 3: Aren’t you energized when you know someone’s praying for you? Read Colossians 1:9 and James 5:16. Who can you pray for today?
Day 4: Read Romans 1:12. How can our faith mutually support one another?
Day 5: Love motivates us to connect. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. How does this passage prompt you to reach out to others in your community?
Submitted by Brenda Pace & Andrea Plotner
Creative Community: Gather with friends or your Bible study group and make homemade cards. Send one to someone who needs encouragement. Words can be life-giving! Consider starting a personal encouragement journal where you save kind words others have expressed toward you. Pull it out when you need a pick-me-up!
Post a comment: What’s the most encouraging thing that’s ever been said or done for you, perhaps in a time of need? Let’s share these ideas!