31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 11

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At blossom time, a tree must be pollinated for the fruit to develop.  One way to ensure this is through “cross-pollination.”  Basically, your tree should not stand alone — it needs some “tree friends” close by.  The wind will help carry the pollen from one blossoming tree to another.  The end result is all the trees will produce stronger fruit.

In order to be “fruitilicious,”  I cannot isolate myself from others.  The Holy Spirit will pollinate the blossoms in each of our hearts, and the wind of the Spirit will spread the seed from one to another in our orchard of believers.  The end product will be greater fruitfulness for all.

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“Don’t be misled:

No one makes a fool of God.

What a person plants,

he will harvest.

The person who plants selfishness,

ignoring the needs of others—

ignoring God!—

harvests a crop of weeds.

All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!

But the one who plants in response to God,

letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him,

harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.”

Galatians 6:7-8, MSG

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Q4U:  Has God used another believer to come along side  you and strengthen your fruitfulness?  I would love to hear your story.

Come back tomorrow for Day 12 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about how fruit takes a significant about of time to develop.   I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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Photo Credit:  Martín Alvarez

A Song in the Night

Christian Friendship

Her husband was working an all-day shift with the fire department and would not be home until morning.  The baby was sick and had started vomiting.    I grabbed my purse, jumped in the car, and drove in her direction quickly as we discussed the doctor’s instructions via cell phone.   All would be well, I assured her.  I am coming.

Two hours later, the doctor at the urgent care center informed us that Samantha was dehydrated and would need to spend the night in the hospital.  I drove behind the ambulance that held my friend and her tiny treasure.  All will be well, I assured her.  I am staying with you.

Her three-month old was placed in a crib with bars that looked like a tiny prison.   In hopes of keeping Barby from unraveling, I started talking about the 80’s — campy B-rated movies, heart-throbs with mullets, and songs with memorable lyrics.  We started singing Air Supply and Pat Benatar tunes as we sat in the dark room watching the baby sleep.  We sang and laughed and cried all night.

That night in the hospital room twelve years ago cemented our friendship.

We share a mutual love of chocolate, french cafes, and Beth Moore Bible studies.   We torture each other by sharing dysfunctional family stories.  We have staked our claim to sit in comfy spots on each other’s couches.

She makes the best french toast — and shares the recipe.

She stood beside me when I married the husband she had prayed for God to send me.

She washed my hair when I was too sick to do it myself.

She has stayed with me through many a night season.

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Some nights my husband goes to bed early, and I stubbornly stay up.  I sit on the couch with my laptop and eventually I drift off to oblivion.  Usually, about 2 AM I will wake up in a stupor.  I am too groggy to get up off the couch, so I sit there in the silence trying to wake up.  There in the quiet I often hear her — the bird perched in the giant tree in our side yard is keeping me company.  And, she is singing the sweetest tune.   What kind of bird sings a song in the night?

I know now that she is a friend.

All will be well, my friend.  All will be well.

A friend is always loyal,

and a brother is born to help in time of need. (Proverbs 17:17, NLT)

Q4U:  Do you have a friend who sings in the night with you?  How has Christian friendship carried you through a dark season?  I would love to hear your story.

I am passionate about the power of friendship and community and write about it often — Head on over here to read some more about the power of “girl time” and chocolate.  🙂

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Joining like-minded sisters today at (in) courage,  Thought-Provoking Thursday Faith-Filled Friday, Tell His Story, Soli Deo Gloria, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday and Playdates with God.

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Photo Credit:  Juha Soininen

The Un-Book Club

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I am a member of a book club that doesn’t read books.  I blame The Red Head for this.  She invited us all to join her for breakfast and literary conversation, but then she moved to Georgia.  Without her strong leadership, we forgot about discussing books entirely….

I am honored to be Guest Posting over at (in) courage today.  Head on over here to read the rest of this post.

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Seasons

Do you feel it?  The air feels crisper, and color is bursting forth everywhere.  God, the designer of seasons, is beautifully transforming the canvas of our world right before our eyes. Just as He colors the leaves, He delights in creating a new portrait in our hearts.  Two years ago, a metamorphosis began for me.  A single gal for 42 years, I honestly had no hopes of marriage.  I had not had a date in 9 years.  Then, one day, God changed everything. What a joyous season! – flowers, invitations, and an outrageously expensive white dress filled my days.  The picture would have been perfect had it not been for one dark shadow.  Cancer.

… I am blogging over at (in) courage today.  Click here to hop over there for the rest of the story!