Posted in Devotion

Cultivating Fruit

It was so good to be back in what I’m starting to call my church after a few weeks of traveling. Expecting a sermon about fathers, I was pleasantly surprised to hear him speak about the fruits of the spirit.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Often when I think of these fruits that are supposed to be evident in my life, I get self critical because they don’t seem evident enough, but that’s a misconception. Yes, I can always strive to have more of these in my life and work to keep the weeds of my fleshly desires out, but these fruits don’t just pop up.

In the society in which I’ve grown up in, it’s easy to fall into the fast and quick mentality even when I approach spiritual matters. That’s not how God often works though. He calls these fruits because just like fruit on a tree, they take time to cultivate. I have to water and feed them with his word and weed out the fleshly works such as envy and jealousy.

Just before listing these fruits by which Jesus says we can be judged the author reminds us that there is a battle between our fleshly desires and spiritual desires. In my little flower garden there is a battle between the flowers I’ve planted and the weeds that pop up. If I give food and water to the weeds in my life, they’ll quickly take over the fruit, but if I cultivate these fruits, they’ll grow strong and be appealing to God and others.

So what do I do when the fleshly weeds start to sneak into my life? One option is to despair and give them power. Another option is to speak truth to them much like weed killer “speaks” to weeds. I remind myself that Jesus has already defeated these desires and sins. Since I have a relationship with him, they have no power over me unless I let them.

Praise God that through him I can continue to cultivate the fruits that show His Spirit is working in me.

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Posted in Bible Study, Music

God’s Love

This song stumbled across my Facebook ads and the band name intrigued me so I YouTubed them.  This was the first song I clicked on.  I’m not sure what the artists intended by the song and video, but take a moment now to listen to thinking that God is singing it to you and that the man artist in the video is God leaving messages and calling for the girl.

Moment to listen…do it.

Nifty right?

How many times do we go through life not paying attention to the little ways that God is showing us his love?  Sometimes I stop and smell flowers or become amazed at colors because for me that is how God shows his love.  Sometimes I see his love in a verse of scripture or a kind word from a friend.  This time I see it through this video.  At times I am that girl.  So busy that I don’t see the  (figurative) “bright yellow flowers” that God has placed along the path as a way of drawing me to him.

This is a quote from the book Captivating:

“God’s version of flowers and chocolates and candlelight dinners comes in the form of sunsets and falling stars, moonlight on lakes and cricket symphonies; warm wind, swaying trees, lush gardens, and fierce devotion.”

So I guess what I’m saying is that God is painting a beautiful picture everyday, whether it be through storms that light up the night or gorgeous flowers that color the day.  We just need to slow down and realize that God is loving us through these things.  Take time to stop and smell the flowers and marvel at God’s handiwork.

God is saying:

“I have done for you everything my love.  hear my song for you, I will not hold my tongue.  open your heart, open your heart, for I have loved you from the start.  I will never harm you.”