Reluctant Gardener: When God Grants an Unexpected Harvest

I let the garden go fallow this year so I could focus on writing goals. Tall weeds grew where I’d toiled over tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers last year. I’d get out there eventually to pull them, I told myself.

When God Grants an Unexpected Harvest, Garden, droughtBut my daughter came in from the backyard one morning with an announcement. “We have nine baby tomato plants!”

Sure enough, there were twice as many plants as I’d planted last year. Plus, a volunteer bell pepper plant.

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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Idolatry: Self-control vs. Marching to Your Own Beat

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the ninth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

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Learning to walk by the Spirit isn’t without its stumbles.

When I started this series, I commented to a friend, “I can already tell I’m going to be seriously tested.” Little did I know, God planned to show me so much more than I wanted to know about my own tendency (or lack thereof) to keep in step. Read more

Fruit of the Spirit vs. Idolatry: Gentleness vs. Weakness

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the eighth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Fruit of the Spirit, gentleness, weakness, Galatians, idolatryOut running errands the other day in the sweltering heat, I noticed one thing about the people in my normally friendly, helpful town: they were grumpy.
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