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Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit

Do you ever find yourself looking around the fridge for something?

What exactly is it you’re looking for?

You aren’t really sure,

But maybe a sandwich of some sort.

No. That wasn’t it.

Maybe a pickle, sweet or sour?

No. That wasn’t it.

Last night’s leftover dinner?

No. That is definitely not it.

Then you see it.

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orange variety. USDA photo. Image Number K3644-12. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There in the corner of the crisper.

A forgotten bag of oranges.

Yes. That will do it.

Your palate is getting ready for the cold sweetness of one of those oranges.

As you begin to peel off the outer covering to reveal those sweet sections of goodness, you notice something.

How long has this been here?

A little bit squishy, A little bit off color –

Yuck!

This fruit is far past it’s sell by date, and is good for nothing.

It may help make your garbage disposal smell a tad better,    but there is no way you can eat it.

It s simply NOT FRESH.

Well experience has told me that my walk with Christ is much the same.

I must see that the fruit of my spirit is replaced often.

Daily if at all possible.

 

What is the fruit of the Spirit you ask?

Galatians 5:21-23 in the New International Bible says it like this;

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I find that if I do not intentionally “Eat” this fruit when it is fresh, then my life becomes squishy and a bit off color.

The love, I show isn’t quite as loving.

The joy I have isn’t as joyful.

The peace I usually experience is quite so peaceful.

You can see what I mean – the rest of the list will be the same.

Not fresh.

Not at optimum healthiness or flavor.

My walk with Christ will then become boring and tasteless, difficult to handle.

Not at all the picture that I want to re-present as Christ.

Your next question is probably

“How can I replace it often, much less daily?”

The easiest way I have found to do this is to make an appointment.

We make appointments for doctors and dentists and football games, why not for refreshing ourselves with God?

This appointment does not need to be lengthy.

It can be ten minutes or two hours.

Hey – You – Busy mom of pre-schoolers – Listen up!

It can be thirty seconds behind the bathroom door!

The place doesn’t matter as much as making the appointment.

GOD APPLAUDES YOUR EFFORTS!

Just make that appointment and keep it!

Often. Daily if at all possible.

Now what do I do once I make that appointment and get to the appointment place?

Well there s not just one thing you can do.

There are a variety of them.

  • Read a Proverb each day (There are 31, one for each day!)
  • Read a Psalm or a portion of one (Even if it is just a paragraph)
  • Be silent. Direct your thoughts toward God.
  • Sing a song or hymn.
  • Read a daily devotional. (Available free from most churches or online – Google Daily Devotional – They can even be delivered to your smart phone!)
  • Ask God what HE wants you to do today. (He love to give us His wisdom – We just need to ask)

Above all, KEEP THE APPOINTMENT!

The harder or longer your day is,

The more likely it is that you need to double up on your intentions!

Try it

Take that grocery cart for a spin around the fruit section –

Then see if your love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control take an upswing!

Everyone around you will thank you,

But most of all, your relationship with the Fresh Fruit Grower will begin to blossom sweetly!

Oh what a difference that will make!

 

Matthew 7:20 (ESV)

Thus you will recognize them by their fruits

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Fingerprints, Heartbeats and Fresh Fruit

 

Very recently, I was attending a strategic planning session for a non-profit that I work with.

The Board of Directors were present. I had never met any of them before. Myself and several others were asked simply to introduce ourselves, tell how departments fared in 2013 and then share our dreams and visions for 2014.

Simple.

But the realization that I so wanted to make a good impression on these folks, and my new found admission of introversion and lack of focus, make this seem way more difficult than it should have been.

I am not afraid of public speaking, however, in this group I asked permission to simply read what I had written, thereby, retaining my focus, and not leaving out any thing that I felt was of importance.

Much of what I read was for the non-profit itself, and aside from the basic facts, which you can read on the “About” tab on this blog, a large part of what was read, is what resides in my heart for more than one portion of my heart for my very own future.

I would love to share a little bit of this with you. Here are just a few excerpts. Please read and see if they might apply to you as well. 

“In my “spare” time, I am a writer. I love writing little Bible studies to share hard truth in an easy way. I also write on a blog called Significant Encounters. It is through these Significant Encounters that we see God, hear God, know God and become one with Him.

Teaching intercessors and others to see God’s “Finger prints” in every circumstance is also on my heart.

Then, to move from God’s fingers, to His heartbeat. To encourage listening for the heartbeat of God until it becomes 2nd nature. He lives inside of us, yet our crisis and chaos drown out His voice. We can have quietness in our hearts even when that turmoil is trying to hold us captive. Learn and share with our heart families.

It is said that the fruit of the Spirit, often grows in bad soil. Crisis. Chaos. Distress. Turmoil. The fruit that we use to feed others must be fresh daily. Therefore, we must cultivate that soil daily, even when it is in upheaval.  

Little by little, and soon enough, people will begin see the difference in us. The difference will be so apparent that they will long to know what it is that gives us our peace, even inside a messy place in our lives. They will want to know the source.

That is the point right? To do as Jesus did – Impart life.”

This is all I will share with you here. I also want you to see a bit of why I chose these passages for sharing.

You see for a long time I have been feeling the topics on this blog to be adrift. Nothing really wrong with them, however not really clearly defined any more.

My past is well transcribed here, but my past is not where I want to go, or stay.

God has given us a victorious today and a future that we cannot even imagine. We receive His “big stuff” for us in little ways. We always look for the “big thing” while all the while missing the smallest parts. These are the parts that make Him so wonderful, and build our life and godliness “little by little”. When we look back, we can see how He has grown us through the seemingly mundane of life.

In the future on this blog, I would like to continue to share “Significant Encounters”, mine and yours if you’d like to share, but I would also like to share some of those “finger prints” and then how our heart beats can beat with His. Perhaps even a “Fresh fruit” section.

No timeline here, but maybe a bit clearer direction.

Tell me what you think in the comments!

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Fearfully and wonderfully made