31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 20

coconut

Have you ever tried to eat a coconut?  It’s not for the fainthearted.  It requires a strenuous effort.  You have to drill a hole into the hard exterior, and then you need to grab a hammer or machete in order to smash the thing open.   A lazy person will not eat fresh coconut.

Patience is not passive.  This fruit requires intentional exertion of the will.

Patience is characterized by

  • grit — mental toughness and courage
  • moxie — determination, nerve, strong will and character
  • diligence — persistent attention and care

A sluggish person will never be called patient.

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 “We do not want you to become lazy,

but to imitate those

who through faith and patience

inherit what has been promised.”

Hebrews 6:12, NIV

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Q4U:  How do you cultivate patience in your life?  Again, I could use some tips on this one….  Do share in the comments below and help a sister out!  🙂

Come back tomorrow for Day 21 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about sowing kindness. I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
 
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31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 19

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Sow patience.  This fruit gives one courage to endure long and not give up.  Patience strengthens your ability to act with self-restraint, rather than impulsiveness.  A strong dose of its nectar helps one to step back, extend mercy, and accept that “vengeance belongs to the Lord.”

Patience waits calmly and understands that God, the Master Gardener, is totally in control.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return.

Consider the farmers

who patiently wait for the rains

in the fall and in the spring.

They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.

You, too, must be patient.

Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

James 5:7-8, NLT

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Q4U:  How do you sow patience?  Any tips?  I could use some advice… 🙂

Come back tomorrow for Day 20 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about the characteristics of patience (Please note that I am highly unqualified to write yet another post on this subject, so your prayers are appreciated!). I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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31 Days to Fruitful Living Day 12

strawberry blossom

The awful truth is that it could take up to five years for you to see any fruit on a tree.  This requires patience.  It’s slow, but sure work.  We must remain steady and strong. Remember that fruit needs to ripen.  Mature fruit will be much more fruitilicious.  Stay the course, and don’t give up too soon.  Your fruit is coming.

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“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.

At the right time we will harvest a good crop

if we don’t give up, or quit.

Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance,

let us work for the benefit of all,

starting with the people closest to us

in the community of faith.”

Galatians 6:9-10, MSG

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Q4U:  Do you have any tips on how to wait patiently for the good stuff God is doing to ripen?  I could use some advice on this topic!  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Come back tomorrow for Day 13 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about how to sow love.  I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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