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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.

Growing Grass 101

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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Eat Up to Grow Up

Eat Up to Grow Up

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Eat Up to Grow Up

Little babies grow fast. To a nursing mother it can seem like they want to eat all the time. Often, a healthy baby will initially want to eat every two hours, and then every four hours. A baby often doubles its weight in about four months. But some babies have what is called “failure to thrive.” These babies, for a myriad  of reasons either don’t want to eat, can’t eat or can’t utilize what they do eat. And because they are malnourished, they don’t gain height or weight that is normal for babies.

One of my relatives cared for a baby that had “failure to thrive”. The baby was born with a very serious heart condition. It had undergone surgery twice and should have been on the road to recovery, but she wouldn’t eat. While most babies slurp their bottle quickly and noisily, this little one didn’t even want to suck. She would have to be awaken at feeding times and then rubbed and patted to keep her awake. Her care giver would coax her awake, talking and jiggling and moving the bottle nipple in the little girl’s mouth. The tiny bundle would suck briefly and then lie listlessly. It would often take 45 minutes to an hour to get the baby fed. She simply had no interest in eating. After an extended battle, the baby developed an appetite and began to develop and grow.
Failure to thrive can be a very serious situation. A baby’s brain grows as much in one year as it will the rest of its life. If the baby is malnourished, brain development can be permanently affected. According to Nemours, KidsHealth.org, some adverse effects are :
The Apostle Paul diagnosed believers with a similar condition in 1 Corinthians 1:1NLT “Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to mature Christians. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk and not with solid food, because you couldn’t handle anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready,”
Eat Up to Grow Up 
         Paul is saying,
“You’re not growing. You’re not developing.”

(And baby Brayden, seems to be saying, “Not me? I love to eat!” And I’m right there with you, Brayden. I love to eat too!)

Spiritual development is essential in the life of a believer, but when we don’t nourish our spirits with adequate amounts of God’s Word we experience the adverse effects of “failure to thrive.”
  • become disinterested in anything beyond ourselves. I think they call that selfish.
  • avoid eye contact. Refuse correction or any voice that doesn’t reinforce my selfishness.
  • become irritable. This doesn’t need explanation.
  • not reach developmental milestones. Walking in love. Turning away from evil influences. Forgiveness. Giving. Serving. Obedience.
It’s time to grow up!

Hebrews 6:1 NLT So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.

Hebrews 5:14 NLT Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right.


To Grow Up there are prepostions that we need to nurture.

  • Eat UP the Word
  • Look UP
  • Stand UP for what is right, according to God’s Word
  • Put ON the whole Armor of God
  • Grow IN faith
  • Live OUT what it says
  • Realize we never OUT grow our need for Christ.
Get a growth strategy. Establish a time and a place for daily Bible reading and study. It’s an essential part of Christian Growth!

Hey! Thanks for stopping by.

I’m Pat Holland…

I tell stories- who doesn’t love a good story?

But I tell mine for a reason. I want to equip, empower and energize people just like you to enjoy the riches of God’s life-changing Word. So I use stories about people, sometimes myself,  places I’ve been, and life experiences as a tool to make Bible truths so simple you can walk them out in your everyday life.

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