Deep Roots by Melissa A. McLaughlin

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Deep Roots

by Melissa A. McLaughlin


“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit”

(Jeremiah 17:8, NIV).


Breathless from a day of errands, bills, and laundry, I dashed to the computer to write. Feeling frazzled and distracted, my thoughts bounced around like the ball at a tennis match.

I paused, slowed my breathing, then prayed. “Lord, I need you. Help me listen to your thoughts and draft the message you desire others to hear.”

His peace descended upon me like a soothing rain. I recalled God’s first gentle tug inviting me to step forward as a writer. Memories drifted into my mind of his daily provision.

One word, one paragraph, one page at a time.

As plants cluster along the stream for sustenance, we must drink from God’s spiritual water to thrive. When we lean on the Lord, he inspires us through his son, spirit, and scripture. Reaching for the living water of Christ refreshes our souls, then buoys us to uplift others.

This takes time and daily discipline. One giant gulp of water merely hydrates the body temporarily. Each new day requires us to drink again and again.

So it is with our spiritual thirst. Spending quiet time with God quenches our spirits, refilling the wellsprings of life needed to write from the heart. Extending ourselves toward God renews and endows us with the ability to produce fruit. Without his truth and grace washing our minds and enriching our hearts, we wither or dry on the vine. As we write for the author of life, may we remember to stretch our roots toward him.

Though deadlines call us and chores beckon, God is waiting to saturate us with the life and vision only he can give. Let’s soak up his message of love, so it naturally flows out to others through our words.

Father, help me pause and spend time with you before I write. Let my roots sink deep into you, allowing your words of love to bubble up and pour through me to revitalize others. Amen.


Melissa McLaughlin headshotMelissa McLaughlin is a teacher, writer, and speaker. Upon retiring from her teaching career, Melissa earned a Certificate in Foundations of Biblical Studies and now encourages others through her faith and words. Melissa enjoys taking walks with her family to delight in God’s beautiful creation. For more information about her books and blog or to connect with Melissa visit

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  1. Cataldo Joseph says:

    Wonderful testimony and story I pray God continues to use you to bless others.

    1. Cataldo Joseph, thank you for taking the time to read and offering kind encouragement. I pray my words will always point others to God. The Lord bless you and keep you growing strong in Christ!

  2. Amen. When we share time with God, we are renewed and refreshed. 🙂

    1. Melissa, that is the truth! God is our source of life and refreshment. May we thirst more for Him daily. God bless you!

  3. Jessica Brodie says:

    What a powerful analogy. You are so right: Each new day requires us to drink again and again. Amen. We must stay ever reconnected to the Lord whatever that looks like.

    1. Jessica, I appreciate your feedback. Thank you! Without an ongoing connection to the Lord, my soul withers quickly. His goodness, light, and grace uplift and replenish me. May our roots stretch toward Him every day!

  4. Yvonne Morgan says:

    How beautiful Melissa and filled with so much truth. I needed to hear this often. Thanks for refreshing my soul with your words.

  5. Thank you, Yvonne, for stopping by and adding your perspective. Like you, I need to hear this message frequently. May Christ’s living water continue to revive and refresh your soul!

  6. Tom McLaughlin says:

    Well-said. This goes for everything we do. I need to stop and take a drink more often.

  7. Beautifully stated, Melissa! Thank you for focusing us in on Christ’s living water reviving and refreshing our souls. These are wise words. The Lord comes first. From that position, we listen to the words of Jesus, Who guides and directs us when we slow down to listen to Him. Good words, Melissa! God bless you!

  8. Beautiful, Melissa. This- “As plants cluster along the stream for sustenance, we must drink from God’s spiritual water to thrive.” Yes! I was also reminded of Psalm 1:1-3:

    “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither, In all that he does, he prospers.” (ESV)

  9. It does go for everything, Tom! Lord, help us drink more each day.

  10. Melinda, thank you for the encouraging words. Glory to God! You are right, the Lord comes first. Everything else should follow. May God refresh and replenish you today!

  11. Karen, I love that Scripture from Psalm 1, too. What a perfect connection in God’s Word. His heart is for us. He desires to strengthen, fill, and encrich us with His truth and love. May we quench our thirst in Him and bless others with the overflow.

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