Growing Deeper into God's Design

Introducing ‘A Deeply Rooted Life’ – Why the Change and What it Means 

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Hopefully, you’ve already seen the new name of the blog, but whether you have or haven’t, I’d like to introduce you to A Deeply Rooted Life, the new and improved blog. When it comes down to it, as much as I loved my old blog’s name, and as much as it resonated with my purpose in writing, I also felt it left something to be desired from a reader’s perspective.

The word Religion is sticky, and people don’t like feeling sticky. Even believers struggle with that word and so it really had to go. I didn’t want you to be held back from sharing posts you love just because you were concerned what others might think of my blog’s old name.

So here is what you can expect from A Deeply Rooted Life moving forward.

First of all, Growing in Faith will remain the primary focus of everything I write. It is the core of my life, the core of what I think about and the core of what I do, so it would naturally be the core or roots of the blog as well. I hope that as I learn and grow in my faith, that you will be encouraged and see growth in your own life as well. No matter what God has called you to, we can find fulfillment and Grow Deeply Into God’s Design together.

Subsections or topical areas I will write about include:

Fruitful Living – The Word says that if we remain in Him (our Savior) we will bear much fruit, so it stands to reason that our lives should be fruitful – and what does that look like? Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self Control, but we can’t just will these fruits to appear any more than an oak can will apples. We have to become the right tree, by being connected to the right roots, in order to see fruitfulness. I don’t know about you, but I am not always exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit. I can’t unless I am connected to the vine. Yet, this is a growth area for all of us and I hope we can grow together. (John 15:5)

Natural Living – I am not particularly fond of the word crunchy, although for lack of a better word with common understanding, I have used it. I’m not the crunchiest granola in the box, but I do believe God had a design and that the earth, and all that is in it, was made for our benefit – and health. By keeping to His ways, we can thrive and live blessed and healthier lives. While we still live in a fallen world and reap the effects of that, we can do a lot to minimize exposure to toxins and maximize our health. I sort of consider myself Eden-minded, as opposed to crunchy, and I love to find new ways to turn my attention off of the ways of the world, and back to the garden. Whether that’s through alternative medicine, applying physical laws of nature to my life, eating healthier, detoxing, or just cleaning my home, my focus is on doing things in a way that represents the Roots of Creation. (Exodus 15:26)

Ethical Living – We are called to care for the poor, the widows, the orphans, the sick… We are called to love. And loving means making ethical choices – sometimes hard choices – that mean reducing our own purchasing power in favor of shopping in a way that provides sustainable employment for others. It’s inconvenient and selfless, and that is what love is! So, my site may feature fair trade and ethically made products from time to time. It may include stories and ideas related to ending poverty or slavery or sex trafficking. These are human values. It’s how we would want to be treated, so we ought to treat others the same at a minimum. (Philippians 2:3)

Purposeful Living – This topic of the blog may be the most practical. Whether you’re looking for help finding your God-given purpose or you just need help in walking it out, these posts are filled with practical tips on discipling your kids, becoming a better mother, and being intentional in every area of your life. Face it, none of has it all together, so hopefully, we can all glean from these posts. My kids even direct me here when I am having a bad mommy day. (Mark 12:30-31)

Roots Living – I grew up in church, and as a result, I had an aversion to the Bible as a rule book. There were so many rules in church, for Christians, and honestly they didn’t have a lot of context for me in Scripture. Because I saw so many rules in church that I didn’t find in the Bible, and so many rules in the Bible that I didn’t find in church, I was convinced I could make my own rules. After living that way for too many years, God began to show me that His ways are higher than mine. That His law (or as I prefer to call them, His instructions), are for my benefit. As I began to seek my faith’s roots, because Jesus was Hebrew and spoke to Hebrews, I began to find a depth and logic that I didn’t know existed. Living with these roots means learning and aiming to keep the Torah, but also to apply God’s calendar to my life as special meeting times with Him. When I celebrate feasts and keep the Sabbath, I discover special blessings I never knew existed. I’d love for you to find those blessings too. (Exodus 12:24)

On the new blog site, www.deeplyrootedlife.com you will be able to search for posts by topic area of interest, or just visit the main page and read posts in order they were shared. I will continue to share new posts each week, with occasional bonus posts.

You will be able to find me at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, and Google+, where I keep my social sites updated with new posts and information. However, I urge you to also Subscribe to my newsletter. I will never spam you or share your contact information, but I will make sure you receive weekly updates with news, posts, downloadable content, special offers and contests!

This August, I’ll be kicking off some great freebies, and, even a contest, so be sure you’re subscribed and add Sharon@deeplyrootedlife.com to your contacts so that you never miss a post.

I hope you enjoy the new and improved blog and that you benefit from it. I would love to hear from you! Tell me what you think, what you want, make suggestions or offer advice! You are important to me!

Blessings for Deep Growth!

Sharon

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