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Fruitful

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It’s a beautiful ante-bellum style home.

Tall columns.

Gleaming white paint.

Long front porch.

I love that house and my head automatically turns for a glimpse whenever I pass. The lady of the house was decorating her front porch with golden leaves and happy orange pumpkins yesterday when I passed. I’ve wanted to bring mine out, but I thought it might still be a little early.

But it’s not! It’s almost October.

In Northern areas, farmers are gathering the last of the tomatoes, herbs, squash and even okra. And I thought okra was a Southern thing….

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Relationship- The Main Thing

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Relationship- The Main Thing

 

The rain had washed the pollen out of the air leaving the sweet fragrance of spring in its place. The azaleas were glorious pink balls of blooms as we drove onto the property! The naked landscape of winter was finally dressed in the splendor of spring and dark forest emerald greens, adorned with splashed of purple from the Princess Trees and white and pink Dogwoods.

 

I wanted to plunk down and breathe in the beauty of the mountains, but Wayne was anxious to check the fruit trees. So we walked through the yard, from tree to tree looking for fruit like children at an egg hunt. He pointed out the tiny apples on the newest Wine sap and Gala trees that he had planted just this fall. His Golden Delicious tree had lots of apples. The nectarine out by the road was loaded with tiny red, nippled fruit.

 

The first plum tree was loaded with plums. Wayne quipped, “I guess you would say, I’m plum blessed.” That guy is always coming up with something. We had to hunt to find the tiny peaches hidden under healthy leaves.

 

The cherry trees were just beginning to burst with blooms. Wayne stopped at his second plum tree, but could not spot a single plum. I never thought anymore about it. I had super to cook and a beautiful view to enjoy, but Wayne was concerned. Why doesn’t this tree have any plums?

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It was obvious the tree was healthy because it was the tallest of the plum trees. The leaves were perfectly shaped and shiny green- yet it was unfruitful. But when he looked closer, he discovered two wild suckers growing from the main root. The suckers were covered with thorns instead of fruit. Gobbling nutrition from the root, the suckers towered over the struggling main stock of the tree. Imposters! Invaders!

 

Wayne was looking for fruit –not shade.

 

The next morning I saw Wayne standing in front of the beautiful plum tree. Two tall suckers. Too beautiful to remove. Too barren to remain.

 

There was only one option- the suckers had to go. I watched while Wayne sawed. It was sad to see the lush tree–like sucker tumble to the ground. It was tall. It was so beautiful.– so healthy–so big. And when the second sucker was removed, I realized how small the plum tree really was. It looked frail in comparison.

 

I realized I was watching a powerful visualization of the power of diversion. I prayed as I pulled weeds, Father, what are the distractions that I have allowed in my life to suck time and energy away from my ultimate purpose of knowing you and out of that relationship bearing fruit? What are the big thing that I’ve nourished and allowed to grow tall, yet they remain sterile and unfruitful? What are the beautiful things that I’ve made “sacred cows”? Beautiful things that I’ve enjoyed so much I didn’t even realize they were unfruitful, no fragrant blooms–only lush leaves! What are the things in my life that steal my time? Steal my faith? Steal my hope, because my energy is diverted. Not sinful things good things beautiful things, but not the main thing the important thing.

 

In every season of our lives, we must keep the main thing the main thing. And the main thing is not ministry. The main thing is not even my family or any of the other really important things that I am called to do. The main thing is Jesus.

 

I understand that trees are made to produce limbs growing in all directions. And not just limbs–but branches–and twigs–twisting—reaching–growing to crown a tree with regal beauty. And like a healthy tree we were made to accomplish a lot of different things–ministry-jobs-family-fun. But we will not be fruitful if the main stock has to compete for sunlight and nutrition.

 

We sometimes forget that all of life flows out of a relationship with Jesus. He enriches, energizes and affects everything that is important or that makes life meaningful.

 

As I close, I ask you to ask Father the same questions. Listen. And when you see, I hope you’ll saw!


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Growing Grass 101- Light

Growing Grass 101- Light

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Wayne and I love trees. When we built our home, we were careful to leave every tree possible on the lot. We wanted lots of trees and we got them! Huge live oaks, bay trees, I hate those huge rubbery leaves, loquat, fig, orange, lemon, pine, hickory and scraggly scrub oaks.

 

But what we don’t have is grass.

Growing Grass 101- LightWe have installed sod twice. Seeded it. Fertilized it. Prayed over it. The man that sod our yard the last time promised that this special grass, which we paid extra for, a lot extra, would grow under trees! Well, the truth is– nothing much grows under trees and I have the bare spots to prove it!

Because the reality is– green plants need light.

Even big trees will twist and turn to find some sun!

 

They need it to grow. Some trees will shoot up tall to reach the sun they need. Others, will twist and turn, leaving limbs and branches twisted and turned permanently as it grows toward the light. Look at this tree. Joy Hemler and I think it did this trying to grow toward the light.

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I’m not telling you about anything new, you know plants need light. You check the light requirements on the back of the seed package or plant tags. You plant in full sun or partial shade according to the directions, or you WILL watch the plant refuse to grow in spite of watering and fertilizing.

 

But do you realize that if you want to grow, if you want to be fruitful– you need the light?

 

Look at Ephesians 5:8 in the King James Version “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)”

 

It says the “fruit of the Spirit” which is referencing the Holy Spirit. But NAS says (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).

I love that it uses the word light here for two reasons.

  1. One of the major roles of Precious Holy Spirit is to “turn on the light” or be the light that opens our understanding to truth that is hidden in the context of Scripture.
    • He wants to reveal truth.
    • He wants to show us Jesus.
    • He wants to give practical understanding, so we can live out the truths of Scripture.
  2. If you’re gonna grow fruit, and every believer should, then you must have light. If we walk with Him, we walk in the light.

 

But walking in the light isn’t always easy.

Sometimes the glaring truth I see makes me want to put on sunglasses so I don’t see what I see. Sometimes I see things makes me feel uncomfortable. I see needs that made me feel sad. I’d rather be happy, so walking in the light can be challenging. Often it means something in my life has to die-habits, attitudes or wrong motives.

 

Or it can mean that I see an area I have to grow in, like witnessing—now that’s a scary thought. Sometimes, it means I have to forgive or give someone a helping hand or say something encouraging.

 

When I walk in the light, I never really know where it will take me. The light never stays on safe, level pathways. The Light takes me to exciting places and challenging places, to beautiful places and dark, lonely places.

 

Sometimes I struggle to stay in the light and sometimes I rejoice in the Light. One thing I know for certain, there’s life in the Light. If I want to be fruitful, if we want to be fruitful, we must walk in the Light!

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I am Pat Holland. I am a wife, mom, a Nana, and a child of God. I am living out my passion to equip and encourage believers to live out their faith through the power and presence of Precious Holy Spirit.

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