Thursday, June 11, 2009

First fruits

Yes our first fruits this year are radishes, lots of radishes. Not very many of us like radishes, but I do and they are fun to grow because they sprout and mature so quickly. A friend shared in her blog about cultivating and gardening and how she related this to the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. She shared a photo of some lovely strawberries in her hands. We are thinking along the same lines: gardening, tilling, cultivating, weeeding, fertilizing, watching fruit maturing. God wants to use every situation He allows in our lives to produce His fruit in our lives. It would be lovely if we went to bed one night "a barren branch or vine" and woke up some time later brimming with spiritual fruit, but that is not how the life of a follower of Jesus happens. God, the patient but diligent Gardener does much in our lives that we do in a garden to bring life to bare ground. Even the manure: the "nasty stuff" is so necessary to good fruit, or in the case of Calico Acres Farm, radishes for now....... and to Genuine Fruits of God's Spirit flourishing in the lives of those who choose to follow Him.
"...that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you , being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend...the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God..............." Eph 3:17

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