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Bearing Fruit

There is only one week left in October, and Southwest Kansas has not had a killing frost. I have never had this amount and variety of garden produce to harvest this late into Fall. Zucchini, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, peppers – banana, bell, cayenne, cherry, green beans, and a lonely red beet were awaiting me this morning. Plus, the cayenne and cherry pepper plants are loaded with peppers still ripening.

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Each year I marvel at the results of planting a tiny seed and giving it a bit of TLC. However my greatest enjoyment is the harvest. I love serving and eating FRESH produce. I also thoroughly enjoy “putting up”. I fill my big upright freezer first, and then can the rest. Freezer and shelves are both loaded for serving and eating home grown summer savory goodness all winter.

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It’s like that with our lives. Seeds are planted, but what we do with that seed determines the growth and quality of our fruit. In John 15, Jesus refers to himself as the “true vine”, and we are the “branches.” Jesus says, in John 15:4-5:

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” NLT

Much the same as Paul prayed for the Christians of Colosse, today I pray for you.

“…[I] ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. [I] also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy always thanking the Father…”        Col 1:9-12 NLT

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My Feet Took Me Where?

Today as I was walking on the dirt road, I was grateful for the old habit of looking down as I walk because a small rattle snake was stretched across my path. Whew!

Watching my feet has been my habit since childhood. I was often reminded to “look where you’re going”, and “you can’t see much looking at your toes”, or “look around; be observant.” My mom loves to tell of the time I watched my feet climb right over the fence.

As a child, our front yard was fenced in. This was to keep us little ones safe from the cattle trucks, pickups, and tractors that drove in and around our farm yard. We knew we were not supposed to open the gate and go out by ourselves.  However, one day as I was walking, head down, watching where my little feet were taking me, I came to the yard fence. Mom was watching from the kitchen window, and she says I didn’t stop. I just kept watching one foot follow the other as I climbed up, over and down the other side of the fence. According to Mom, my head stayed down until I was out in the middle of the barn yard. Stopping abruptly, I looked up and around, and hightailed it back to the fenced yard as fast as my little 3 year old legs could take me.

I’m not sure why this habit has stuck all these years. I do it so unconsciously. When I am with other people I try to be aware of keeping my eyes up, but when I’m by myself I rarely think about it.

Now you’ve learned something new and quirky about me. 🙂

Did you know the Bible actually addresses keeping your gaze up?

Proverbs 4:25-27 says “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” ESV

This is wise instruction to remember. In our walk through life, we are faced with many trials and temptations. If we do not keep our eyes fixed on the truth of God’s word, we will surely stumble. Don’t even swerve towards that temptation!

What kind of trail are you on? Is it bumpy? Have you taken time to ponder the path you are taking? It is never too late to turn around and get back on the road that leads away from evil.

 

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For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Romans 1:20 NLT

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No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:39 NLT