Letting Joy Take Root

Did you know that every person you come in contact with is influenced by you? Whether positive or negative, you will have an effect on their life.

Foster care is full of opportunities to have a positive effect on multiple lives at once! It’s not easy to remain positive at all times but with God’s help, it is possible! I would like to share a verse with you that may not seem like much when read at face value. Bear with me though, as I attempt to break it down for you.

When you look at the original words of a verse, a new meaning can take place in your heart.

Let’s take a closer look at this one. The dew of course is what falls at night, but the word which is used here comes from another word that means, “to cover with a roof, cover over, roof”. Therefore, God is telling Israel that He will protect them! He will shelter them.

With God’s protection they will grow like the Lilly. The first image in your mind is an actual lily but again, the word for lily is derived from the word, sussiys which means, “to exult, rejoice or to exult, display joy.” Taking that further it’s a primitive root word that means “to be bright, that is, cheerful”! The roots that will lengthen like Lebanon take on a whole new meaning when you realize that Lebanon not only is a wooded mountain range on the northern border of Israel, but its name is derived from the word, lebab which means “heart, mind”. What I get from this is this; with His protection we can display joy and the root of that will grow deeply into our hearts and minds!

Recently I had a discussion with a friend about remaining positive and speaking positive words. As humans we tend to focus on the negative. Women especially seem to have a hard time staying focused on the positive. It seems that no matter how well things are going, as soon as something bad happens we continuously revert back to dwelling on that one bad thing. This verse can help us change our way of thinking. If we do what God commands us to do, He will shelter us.

His shelter will cre