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Faith on Rocky Ground...

Feeling Hopeless...Helpless...

Matthew 13:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

Wednesday - June 24 - Read Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21 We have a small pool filled with sand for the girls to use as a sandbox. A few weeks ago, a maple tree seed fell into the sand and the girls had been putting water in the sand, too. Now we have a baby maple tree growing in our sandbox! However, there is no place for the roots to go and one of these days I will easily pull up the small “tree” and throw it out. The seed has all the power and potential to produce a large, beautiful tree! But that “soil” will never respond appropriately. The power of the Gospel is fully present for us right here and now. The peace, joy, and love of Jesus is real and true. Will we respond and cling to Jesus even in difficult and hard times? Or will we be shallow and look for hope and peace in some other place?

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