This photo that I took of a centuries-old cedar tree speaks volumes to me about strength and beauty. Located at 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s been one of my very favorite places to visit since my childhood.

Interesting to note, this cedar tree is separated from a large forest of pine trees and lives by itself atop a huge rock formation. With a 360-degree exposure to all of the elements, its trunk has been shaped by extreme winds, blizzards, deep snow, and drought. Then, look again at the graceful, soft, lush-green on its branches. Though battered every winter, this flourishing little cedar continues to stand strong! 

Why is it doing so well after all these years?  It was only during my recent visit that I finally noticed. At the base of the huge granite formation, I saw large roots peeking out onto the soil below. 

Like this tree, we too can stand strong and flourish when well-rooted in God’s word. Hopefully, others will notice our faith, even through the many storms of 2020.

… he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2

…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

Here are some promises we can take to heart during this very difficult and stressful year:

Let’s pray! — Thank you, Lord for the promise that through life’s challenges, we can still flourish in our faith and have Your supernatural peace. We glory in Your name and trust You for Your faithfulness, whatever the circumstance. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Stand strong, dear friends, in the goodness of the Lord!

In Christ always, 


‘Whatever you do – do it all to honor and glorify God.’ 2 Cor. 10:31 

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