GROW AND SHARE
Welcome to Day 17 of #write31days. Grow is the Five Minute Friday Free Writes word prompt. What a perfect word to write about for today! I love to grow and share some of my own food. I hope to do more in our little garden.
This past Saturday we went to the Homesteaders of America Conference in Warrenton, Virginia.
ONLINE FRIENDSHIPS CAN GROW
One of the speakers was Esther Emery, who happens to be a friend of ours. It was exciting, as my daughter, Jamie, came with us and met Esther in person for the first time. We both got to know Esther through online groups. So there was no awkwardness at all in the real life meeting. She and Jamie were like long lost sisters finally reuniting.
Online friendships can grow whether or not you ever meet face to face.
Yesterday I was chatting online with my friend, Peggi, and she asked me what was my takeaway from the conference. As I thought about it I remembered something Esther said that really stuck. She said that we should remember our true things.”
REMEMBER YOUR TRUE THINGS
With all that’s going on in the world – fear, uncertainty, trouble, sickness, etc. – it helps to remember the things you know are true.
The sky, the trees, the ground, my family, my relationship to God – all those are real.
The sun always rises and sets. The moon and stars are out every night. Hardwood trees lose their leaves in fall, but new growth comes in spring.
As Peggi and I continued chatting I told her I needed to write my blog post. Earlier in the day I had prayed about it, but wasn’t coming up with anything.
So I spent some outdoor time alone in the fresh air.
While I was outside, I decided to clear out some of the garden. To my surprise there were quite a few bell peppers and some green tomatoes. The garden was so overgrown I didn’t even know they were there.
Underneath the weeds
Hidden fruit is growing strong
Waiting to be found
When I mentioned that to Peggi, she said, “Wow! That sounds like a great topic right there! ‘So overgrown that I couldn’t see them’…yes! Could make a good sermon, even, I am thinking!”
Then she said, “God is good! Your garden…a TRUE thing.”
That’s when I looked up the word for today and told her that it was grow. So I said to her I think I have my topic thanks to you and God.
Then she said, “Ha! I’m NOT surprised! This is so like our Father God!”
Like my garden, our fruit can sometimes be hidden under the weeds. It’s there and growing but maybe fear holds us back. Or maybe we are afraid our fruit will be sour or moldy or damaged in some way. We might cover ourselves with all kinds of disguises so no one will see the real person inside.
But how much better to throw off the pretense, rest in the truth of God, and let our fruit grow!
Then, grow and share, encourage one another, and become your true self along the way.
Hidden deep inside
Spirit fruit is taking root
Preparing to bloom
Let’s throw off the masks
Get rid of all disguises
And let our lights shine
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