31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 31

In late August, my sweet co-worker bought me this lovely plant for my birthday.  She said I needed something green and living in my office.  I smiled at her and told her I had a black thumb, so I should probably take it home and place it in my husband’s watchful care.

Pat is apparently an optimist, so she made me promise to water it once a week and not take it home.  This would be an office plant.

Knowing my track history with all things living, I quickly snapped a picture of the pretty plant with my iPhone so that I could remember it after its demise.

Folks, I promise you I did as I was told.  I watered that little plant and prayed over it.

“Live, pretty plant.  Please live,” I fervently prayed.

A few weeks later, Pat breezed into my office on a Monday morning to chat about some pending business.  She glanced sideways at the plant, and then she shrugged her shoulders and resigned herself to the inevitable.

“Take it home to your husband,” she agreed.

The little plant that could was holding on, but it was less green and less vibrant.  It was not thriving under my care.

I packed the living thing into my car later that day and handed it over to my favorite gardener.   “Pat ordered me to bring it home.  Do you think you can save it?”

My husband cradled the plant and examined it closely.

“It needs sun,” he diagnosed.

He placed it gently by the window where the rays of light could penetrate.

Right then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me very clearly — tell them about this moment on Day 31.  End here.

Tell them they need the Light of the Son.

Without Him, nothing thrives.


But what happens when we live God’s way?

He brings gifts into our lives,

much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—

things like affection for others,

exuberance about life, serenity.

We develop a willingness to stick with things,

a sense of compassion in the heart,

and a conviction that a basic holiness

permeates things and people.

We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments,

not needing to force our way in life,

able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

Galatians 5:22-23, MSG


Q4U:  What steps do you take daily to spend time with the Son?

Thanks for joining me on this crazy adventure!  Here is a complete list with links to all 31 posts in this series.  I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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I am linking up with like-minded sisters at Thriving ThursdaysTell His Story,  Wednesdays in the WordA Little R and RSoli Deo GloriaRich-Faith Rising, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on MondayThe Weekend Brew, Still Saturday, Spiritual Sundays and Faith-Filled FridayI am joining The Nester and like-minded sisters for this crazy challenge:

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31 responses

  1. Enjoyed this post and am looking forward to reading some of the past ones. One of the ways I spend time with Christ is to simply talk to Him throughout my day. I try to find ways to incorporate prayer in what I am already doing. When I fold my laundry, I separate it by who it belongs to and pray for that person as I fold their clothes. When my girls were little and I would pack their lunch I would pray for them as I did it. Be blessed today and bless someone else!

  2. Sometimes these things we think are just little happenings in our day are very meaningful and can do more to strengthen us than anyone could imagine.

  3. Lyli – I have so enjoyed your series. This was a powerful ending! “Without Him, nothing thrives.” So grateful that He is in my life! I was your neighbor at The Weekend Brew this morning.

  4. I love this story. It made me smile to think of your friend shrugging and your husband cradling. And how you drove it home that nothing thrives without the Light.

    And that passage in Galatians… I know I’ve read it, but it really spoke to me today. Thanks, friend!

  5. *smile* – Your husband sounds nice. And the point you make is important. We need truth and justice. Without it, we get insane.

    I love the symbolism of the ceiling. On the ceiling both lights and skies are put, and by acknowledging that we will differ between giving light and giving rain. Both are necessary. Hawk and dove.

  6. Dear Lyli
    This is now from another black thumb. We also need to to take our hearts to the Gardener of our hearts and allow Him to trim and prune and whatever else is necessary and of course, lots of the light of His Son. Only He can produce the fruit He desired so much to be bountiful in our lives.
    Blessings XX

  7. Such a great parable, Lyli. We do all need time in the Son, and without him, we wither. I love each and everyone of my house plants so it hurts me to hear of plants dying. ha. Glad you were able to take yours home for some R&R. 🙂

  8. Such a simple truth, Lyli, yet so powerful! Light! Looking forward to the day when He will become the only Light we need in that glorious new creation! Thank you so much for linking up with me! I have loved this series so much!

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