Friday, February 14, 2014

FMF: Garden

The prompt is garden and all I can think of is fruit.

And I blame Jesus Calling by Sarah Young because of her words on February 10th:
"Many, many things people do in My Name have no value in My Kingdom. To avoid doing meaningless words, stay in continual communication with Me."
Meaningless = no fruit.

And I think back to a Priscilla Shirer study I did where she talked about cutting off perfectly good fruit just for the sake of growing that one prized tomato.
Some yumminess from my garden last year
And sometimes, I wonder what that one prized tomato is in my life.

Because the truth is, my life feels really full. And I'm trying to discern if that is because I'm tending to the meaningless things, if I'm trying to cultivate things that are not useful for Him.

I'm not sure of the answer, but it's worth the time of reflection.  Because if anything, I've learned through this short time of FUN! that He desires for me to find enjoyment, JOY, in life.  He wants me to have time to revel in Him and the gifts He has given me.

And He doesn't want me to have feel like I'm earning His love.

Because His love has existed before I was born, it existed in the Garden of so long ago.  It was free then and it is free now. 

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


  1. Oh, Jen- I so relate to the points you mention...and I am always asking God the Ephesians 2:8-10 question and prayer...Let me not be sidetracked but faithful to do the works that You, Lord have ordained for me...nice 5 minutes worth of words there, Jen!

  2. A delicious tomato from a garden is priceless! Good food for thought (yes, pun intended) - whether we should stop (pruning) doing some things - so we can do one thing really well. I do know that I am not called to do all things well. Would Pasteur have discovered the cure for childbed fever if he tried to be a great chef and ballet dancer? We are not designed to be everything - only who He designed us to be. The only way to know that is to know Him. I think I would rather produce one awesome tomato (figuratively) than a dozen disappointing ones! I so enjoyed this!

  3. I love the way you have given me so much to think about! Thank you! A beautiful post... and tomato!

  4. Those tomatoes look gorgeous. I'm glad you mention that life is full. I'm starting Quitting Thursday - an idea I stole from Bob Goff from his Bible study "Love Does" where he quits something every Thursday to make more room for Jesus. I invite you to join me - I'm going to make it a linkup and see who else wants to lighten their load by quitting something (last Thursday I quit LinkedIn, we'll see what this Thursday brings).

  5. I love that you feel really full right now and don't feel guilty for it. Sometimes we feel like it must be too good to be true - and that's usually the moment we understand grace.Btw, we are doing a Priscilla Shirer study right now - Gideon. Awesome stuff!

  6. "Jesus Calling" is the most powerful book. And don't you love how all the parts of gardening speak to us? Right now I'm thinking about prepping my soil, 'cause without it nothing will grow....Hmmmm, a parallel there.

  7. That Jesus Calling slays me, almost every glad, He loves us just as we are, but also He loves us enough to prune us to greater fruitfulness.

  8. Gotta love Sarah Young and all of her devotional books, such depth and truth! I have them all and not sure which is my favorite. Love your words today and thanks for stopping by. It's a joy to stay in touch with you my dear! Happy rest of the week!


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