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On growing what’s in season

Does a harvest always end when the weather gets cold? Do all plants die when the warm weather leaves? Not always.  Collards and kale for example are designed to withstand cold weather… in fact, their leaves taste sweeter after being hit by a hard frost.  Some varieties of kale are actually bitter and tough if picked during the summer.  But on the other hand, squash plants can only thrive in warm summer weather, and they usually will not survive a cold snap.  So you see, it’s just as important to know WHEN to plant as it is WHAT to plant… because, the key to a well-harvested garden is planting in the proper season. Seasons come and go – the hard and easy ones, the rich and the poor ones, the painful and the healing ones… And perhaps, {in our own lives} we can flourish and see consistent fruit in ANY season… when we purposefully acknowledge where we’re at, and then…  GROW WHAT’S IN SEASON!   A season of rest, a season of growth, a season of loss, a season of financial stress… whatever it is – If we allow God to reveal what fruit needs to come from each place, we are freed from the need to know it all. We can trust God to strengthen and prune us in any season, so we can see a harvest no matter what life throws our way. When the cold and bitter days come, we may think our only choice is to just lay down and take it.  We don’t often think of those days as the time to stand up... read more

When your chaotic life needs peace

It’s Wednesday, and likely for some that all the busy and the crazy and chaos of the week peaks in the middle – and if you’re not careful… the thoughts may start creep in. Thoughts of: ‘how many times did I fail?’ ‘who did I let down?’ ‘how am I gonna make it through this week?’ or ‘I feel replaced’, ‘this battle is hard’ where are you God?’ It’s possible that you may dread these kind of days and moments for the thoughts that they bring. But let me say this: The mind is surely a battlefield, and there is a war over what/who will consume your thoughts. The enemy would like to hold them captive so he doesn’t have to do anything more. But the truth is already written, bought and was shed in blood so that we can rebuke the lies and take hold of the truth. The Truth is this: The Spirit of the Living God can set you free from thoughts that steal your peace. If this day is a chaotic day for you, get away for a moment and recall the truth, speak it over your mind and let the lies be washed away. We have that authority as children of God. That’s all. “…the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans... read more

When your soul needs to rest

I snapped this picture tonight while my husband and I enjoyed a few kid-free hours together.  I love these restful moments. Because: when the tasks are daunting, and the kids are whining, and life isn’t stopping…   It can all be a whirlwind if we don’t hold onto our first love. He promises to give us rest, BUT sometimes we have to open our hands and receive it. It’s for our taking! He already paid the price so we can lay our burdens aside. The true rest for our souls comes out of surrender to His plan for our life. “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew... read more