31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 1

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I am a city girl with a black thumb.  I do not grow things.  Fruit is purchased at the supermarket and brought home.  I do not like to get my hands dirty.

This year, my one-word focus is “fruitilicious.”  My desire to is to live a fruitful life for God, but He is teaching me that this will require me to put in some spiritual elbow grease.  I can’t buy this kind of fruit in the store.  I must cultivate it.

So, for the next 31 days, I am going to be examining what it will require for me to live a more fruitful life.  I hope you will join me.  I will do my best to not let my black thumb get in the way of things.

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DAY ONE:

In order to grow a fruit tree, you do not need to own an orchard.  You don’t even need to have a big back yard.  Apparently, you can plant a fruit-bearing tree in a regular old pot.  All you need is a space set aside for the seed to germinate.

Spiritually, fruit bearing begins in your heart.  You don’t need to possess great talent or reputation.  All you need is to set aside your heart as a place for God to begin to plant the seed of His Word.

Is my heart ready to receive what the Master Gardener hopes to cultivate?

“The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger…”

Colossians 1:6A, MSG

Join me tomorrow for Day 2 of 31 Days to Fruitful Living! Come back, and we will chat about “dirt.”  Are you wondering how I am going to manage to write a whole blog post about that?  Well, so I am I… 🙂
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Linking up with Thriving Thursdays, Tell His Story, Soli Deo Gloria, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, Spiritual Sundays, The Weekend Brew, Still Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday and Wednesdays in the Word. I am joining The Nester and like-minded sisters for this crazy challenge:

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Photo Credit:  SP Veres

16 responses

  1. Dear sweet Lyli
    Yes, just that one seed of Jesus’ life planted in our hearts will grow into a mighty fruit bearing tree for our Pappa God is the Gardener and just as well for our black thumbed ones.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

  2. Lyli – thank you for linking up with my site! From small things, God can grow great things! We just started gardening this year, and we failed in some areas but reaped a harvest in some (like green beans and growing our first pumpkin!) What a wonderful reminder it has been to me of the joy of the harvest!

  3. I love this post! I too have a very black thumb and leave the gardening to my husband and children! But I’m hoping this will change as I get older and try harder to be still and look at the details. I’ve heard several women in my life say how being in nature brings them closer to God and I want to enjoy that too! Blessings to you!

    • Carrie, there is something special about watching something you planted grow. I am just so undisciplined. I just had to bring a plant home from work for my husband to try to save it — I did water it as instructed, but it wasn’t thriving. Boo hoo! — I am thankful that God does the gardening in my heart…. He gets much better results than me.

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