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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not...

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  1. I am learning to take all the surprises that life brings to me. Learning to lean hard on Christ and trust my God fully with every thing and I really mean everything. When I do I feel peace and his love wrapping around me. Thank you for your post for sharing a piece of yourself with me.

  2. So true. Two years ago the unexpected happened for me, I was in a place where I had to recognize my need for God even for life itself. I intentionally say “Happened for me”” rather than happened to me. Those two years were the most amazing time: I experienced God’s deep love and care for me when I could do nothing other than receive from Him.
    Lord God I submit. I choose to be in that glorious place of total dependence on you. Thank you, Lord for this reminder today. You are faithful.
    Amen

  3. Deep deeper still, strong roots that hold tight, what a beautiful picture these words speak to me this morning. Thank You for your gift of writing !

  4. Lysa,
    Life has sent so many curve balls flying my way over the past several years and it has left me feeling out of control and very vulnerable. But, I am learning that this is not a bad place to be…in fact, it is right where God wants me to be – trusting, relying, depending and abiding in Him. That is my only true “safe” place. It has served to send my roots deep into Christ’s life giving water. Thank you for a wonderful post and blessed reminder for when I am feeling out of control by life’s surprises.
    Blessings,
    Bev

  5. Thank you! Thats a great blog and I recognize a lot of it. Let’s trust Him, whatever the future will bring us: beautiful and difficult events. He’s already been there and He knows how to carry us. He knows how to lead us on paths that are unknown for us. Hope and trust.

  6. Such a subtle difference between big faith and deep faith. I love that deep roots take time and that they are hidden. A beautiful example of our inner relationship with the Lord.

    • Big faith vs. deep faith……ummmm, that is just what God has been trying to tell me. I need to grow deep faith, be familiar with His word so that it is a part of me, to lean on Him when I get depressed or tempted, etc. I love how you put emily, thank you!

  7. I hear that! God once gave me a picture of a roller coaster; huge and full of twists and turns with me in a little cart, careening along. I said, “yes, that is just how it feels.” Then He reminded me, He built the track! I don’t like the twists and turns, but I love and trust the One who designed them! Thanks for the reminder and encouragement!

  8. Yes! “That vulnerable place reminds us we have needs beyond what we manage. It reminds us we need God. Desperately. Completely.” – Amen!

    This is beautiful! I could have written the 1st half about myself and the 2nd half reminds me of the song “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher. Whenever I hear it, I am brought to my knees, literally and figuratively, worshiping. It becomes my heart and soul prayer. Every. Single. Time.

  9. You sang my song this morning; control is my biggest idol. When life isn’t going the way I planned, hoped, expected, I feel the panic, despair, and lies of the enemy start to well up. There’s a cheesy cliche for people like me (us?). Let Go and Let God (you should see the image floating around Pinterest with this motto). But it stops short and I so appreciate that you’ve gone deeper, God’s word has gone deeper. Because heat and wind and frigid conditions arise often and I want to be able to stand firm and breathe out “deeper still”.

  10. Deep roots! Absolutely! I don’t like surprises either, and am not really impressed with the ruts and rocks along my life path, but I trust in the strength from above, and continue to grow deeper roots. When there is a drought, the roots will go deeper to find the saving, living water.

  11. This sang to me today “That vulnerable place reminds us we have needs beyond what we manage. It reminds us we need God. Desperately. Completely.”
    I have been wondering why God wants me to be so vulnerable…and it has been so hard for me, but I am understanding now that he is teaching me something…not sure what…but I know it will make me stronger.

  12. I am a lover of surprises (and roller coasters), but not all surprises are good. This spoke to me because I need deep roots too. And when I need them, I’m surprised every time to find my roots have grown deeper.

  13. It’s those twists and turns that can keep life interesting, but if we have those deep roots, we can weather whatever storm comes our way.

  14. I really am ready for the feeling of suspense to be over. You k ow-when your roller coaster car is sllooowly climbing that first steep hill, and you tense up, waiting for the bottom to drop out? Yeah, THAT feeling. I know in my head that God is in control, that He designed the track, and that if I keep my hands off the seatbelt clasp, He will keep me safe. I have to learn to ride with my hands up in the air in praise, not just hanging on screaming!

  15. WOW this post is ON time. I have had several surprises (not fun ones) in the last three days at work that have me very stressed. Then yesterday I got a surprise about my health that has me a bit nervous. I have been feeling the anxiety rise due to these situations but reading this today, I have to will myself to go “deeper still”… I LOVE the scripture you mentioned and will surely commit it to memory! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. Oh my. I’m listening. This is the third blog today that I have read with this theme. Not to mention the songs on the radio that have echoed this. OK Lord. Deeper.

  17. Needed this word today, need to have deep rooted faith for the season I am in. Praise God

  18. Needed this, more than I can express today! These verses have been brought to my heart’s attention more and more often over the last couple of months. Obviously God is trying to teach me something!! Thankful He’s using you to reach me!! Praying for, and seeking with all my heart, these DEEP faith roots…

  19. Needed this so much and as usual God uses those around us to speak to us. I buried my father yesterday. Completely unexpected . Way too soon.

    “My faith doesn’t just need to grow big, it needs to grow deep. Yes, I need deep faith roots.

    Deep roots anchor us when surprises blow like strong, unruly winds.”

    My earthly father’s death reminded me that I must completely rely on my Heavenly Father. My Dad was my anchor. He was many people’s anchor. He was a community anchor.

    This post was another whisper from God today that He is my Anchor. My dad gave me a glimpse by his love and support of just how deep those roots are and how strong the anchor is when I reach for Him.

    Deep roots hold us steady during the next storm that didn’t show up on the radar.

    There will be another storm and my Dad won’t be there for me to physical reach out to. God will be.

    • Gwynne,

      So sorry to hear of the death of your beloved father. Death is never easy, especially an unexpected early one. May God surround you at this time.

      Father,

      Please put your loving arms around Gwynne. Help her to feel you and lean on your as her Heavenly father. Shower her with love and help her and the family to grieve their loss.

  20. Thank you all for leaving these comments. It helps to know that others are at the same place as me.

  21. I love the way your blog points to Jesus in such a beautiful way all encompassing to every person. The encouragement to go deeper with faith in Him spoke to me. He is the anchor in all of life’s storms! Thank you!

  22. Oh, yes. Thank you, Lysa, for reminding us of the benefits of the surprises/storms of life. Praise God that, when we continually affirm our trust in him, he provides stability, nourishment, growth, and rich fruit!

  23. Lysa.

    You wrote a wonderfully poetic post today. I love how you take everyday topics and somehow turn them into teachings about God.

    I find that everyone needs to have deep faith for that unexpected turn or twist in life. God can help provide that deep faith by prayer and reading His word.

    It never ceases to amaze me how God can take a sudden twist or turn in life and use it to strengthen us and bring us closer to Him. It gives us a learning experience that we can use to help others who might go through the same trial.