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P31 Devotions, January 24, 2006

January 24, 2006
“The ‘Live Oak’ Tale”

Amanda Waldroop
Staff Writer, Proverbs 31 Speaker Team Member

Key Verse:
Isaiah 61:3c, “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (NIV) .
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  The Live Oak treen stands tall and overpowering. It is covered with Spanish moss, dangling fromn each branch, creeping its way down over my head. It looks tranquil andn content in its setting, as the sun beams down through the mossy branches andn casts shadows of light along the thick trunk and green grass carpeting itsn base. Through hurricanes and storms, the Live Oaks are immovable. Rarely don they fall or break. They remain sturdy, surefooted, and green throughoutn winter.
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n On a recent family vacation to the beautiful port city of Charleston,n SC, I was prompted to take a few minutes to meditate on the elegance andn strength of one of South Carolina’sn most exquisite trees: the Live Oak. The downtown area of Charleston was filled with them, as theyn gave the city a natural classic Southern appeal. But perhaps the mostn inspiring examination of this plant life was found at one of the Old South’sn most visited plantations – Middletonn Place.
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n Early Saturday morning we set out to visit this historic site, the formern home of one of the South’s leading influences, Henry Middleton. Being an former history major, you can imagine I was more than eager to arrive at thisn luxurious plantation home and see everything I possibly could. Aftern purchasing our tickets at the small hut in front of the main gardens, we weren asked to wait for our carriage to arrive, which would sweep us across then grounds with a narrated account of life in the Old South.
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n As I patiently strolled through the garden entrance, occupying the passingn moments before tour time arrived, I suddenly found myself in front of an beautiful Live Oak tree that was more incredible than any I had yet seen. In stopped, paused, and lost myself in a few brief moments of awe before ourn horse-drawn carriage approached. As I quickly finished my observation of then tree, and climbed up to my seat, I began to probe our guide to tell us moren about it. “,1]
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Devotion:

  The Live Oak tree stands tall and overpowering. It is covered with Spanish moss, dangling from each branch, creeping its way down over my head. It looks tranquil and content in its setting, as the sun beams down through the mossy branches and casts shadows of light along the thick trunk and green grass carpeting its base. Through hurricanes and storms, the Live Oaks are immovable. Rarely do they fall or break. They remain sturdy, surefooted, and green throughout winter.

On a recent family vacation to the beautiful port city of Charleston, SC, I was prompted to take a few minutes to meditate on the elegance and strength of one of South Carolina’s most exquisite trees: the Live Oak. The downtown area of Charleston was filled with them, as they gave the city a natural classic Southern appeal. But perhaps the most inspiring examination of this plant life was found at one of the Old South’s most visited plantations – Middleton Place.

Early Saturday morning we set out to visit this historic site, the former home of one of the South’s leading influences, Henry Middleton. Being a former history major, you can imagine I was more than eager to arrive at this luxurious plantation home and see everything I possibly could. After purchasing our tickets at the small hut in front of the main gardens, we were asked to wait for our carriage to arrive, which would sweep us across the grounds with a narrated account of life in the Old South.

As I patiently strolled through the garden entrance, occupying the passing moments before tour time arrived, I suddenly found myself in front of a beautiful Live Oak tree that was more incredible than any I had yet seen. I stopped, paused, and lost myself in a few brief moments of awe before our horse-drawn carriage approached. As I quickly finished my observation of the tree, and climbed up to my seat, I began to probe our guide to tell us more about it.
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n He was happy to oblige and as he filled us in on the tree’s history, itn brought to mind the verse from Isaiah 61:3c which talks about the downtroddenn and brokenhearted becoming oaks of righteousness. The Middleton Oak hadn battled and survived (what they think to be) 900 years of southern coastaln storms, hurricanes, and even General Sherman’s burning of the South duringn the Civil War, of which Middleton Plantation was one of his first targets.n Yet, it remained unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, and upright as an monument of faithful commemoration to a historical tale for centuries ton come.
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n I believe God wants each one of us to become more like the Live Oak -n unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, and upright as we weather the storms andn hurricanes of life. He wants to develop our faithfulness over the long hauln so that we can become individuals of historical significance in the halls ofn faith and righteousness. But most importantly, when we stand firm duringn these times, He proclaims us to be displays of His amazing splendor and gloryn – and His righteousness shines through us.
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n My Prayer forn Today:
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Dear Father, who is the source of all righteousness – would Youn continually make us unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, and upright in ourn thoughts, attitudes, and actions? We desire our lives to be a display of Yourn righteousness living inside of us through Your Spirit.

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If you want ton "go deeper" click here http://proverbs31.gospelcom.net/devotion.htm“,1]
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He was happy to oblige and as he filled us in on the tree’s history, it brought to mind the verse from Isaiah 61:3c which talks about the downtrodden and brokenhearted becoming oaks of righteousness. The Middleton Oak had battled and survived (what they think to be) 900 years of southern coastal storms, hurricanes, and even General Sherman’s burning of the South during the Civil War, of which Middleton Plantation was one of his first targets. Yet, it remained unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, and upright as a monument of faithful commemoration to a historical tale for centuries to come.

I believe God wants each one of us to become more like the Live Oak – unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, and upright as we weather the storms and hurricanes of life. He wants to develop our faithfulness over the long haul so that we can become individuals of historical significance in the halls of faith and righteousness. But most importantly, when we stand firm during these times, He proclaims us to be displays of His amazing splendor and glory – and His righteousness shines through us.

My Prayer for Today:
Dear Father, who is the source of all righteousness – would You continually make us unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, and upright in our thoughts, attitudes, and actions? We desire our lives to be a display of Your righteousness living inside of us through Your Spirit.

If you want to “go deeper” click here http://proverbs31.gospelcom.net/devotion.htm
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