When we were in the thick of adopting Joseph from Nigeria, we were intentional about being sensitive to the language we used.
When we created a t-shirt design to help with adoption fees, we settled on an image of a tree with visible roots. As God began to form our family, we sensed that no matter how our family grew or what paths we journeyed together, we must be rooted in love.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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 3:14-21]
A few years later with two little ones now tucked into our nest, our prayer for our home is the same as the ones we prayed as the young newlyweds who were beginning to follow God across the globe to a little boy waiting for a family. We continue to pray that our hearts would be deeply rooted in the unfathomable deep and wide love of our creator.
Being rooted in love means that love touches every word we say.
I want to be a family who dwells in the richness of love. I want to be a family who abides in truth and walks in manner worthy of the calling.
I want to be a family rooted in love.
When I had the opportunity to create a word out of Letterpress Blocks for our home (keep reading, because there’s a $50 giveaway for you to build a word of your own!), I started overanalyzing everything, because I’m me.
What single word would I declare on my family?
I fancy myself a bit of a wordsmith, but inspiration didn’t strike.
Although I walked by that big piece of tree art hanging on my living room wall every day, I forgot. I forgot about being rooted in love. Because the rhythms of every day schedules and calendars and expectations and disappointments wedge its way into our home and into my heart and suddenly I forget about the anchor for my soul.
That word has so much power, doesn’t it? No matter what storms come, we can’t be torn away from the Hope we have.
Our family is planted firmly and we may falter but we will never fall out of His reach.
The Word was with God and the Word was God.
What word has God placed on your heart? On your home? On your your family?
I’m thrilled to join forces with (in)Courage and Dayspring to offer Many Sparrows readers the opportunity to win a $50 credit to customize a word from the Words Matter Letterpress Block line. The drag & drop site makes it easy to play around with the letters to create a word that fits with your personal style and home aesthetic. (Also, these letters are handcrafted and ethically-sourced in India. Could they be any more swoon-worthy?)
This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here. Disclaimer: Affiliate links used when applicable. (in)courage and Dayspring provided me a credit to create my own Letterpress Block word.