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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 18}

As I sat down to look at the word we would use this week, God led me to the word “fruit.” Then as I was reading a devotional, there was a quote from First Lady Barbara Bush. The quote said “At the end of your life, you’ll never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret times not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.” I immediately welled up with tears because my husband and I have been trying to decide if we should homeschool our girls in the Fall. There are many factors involved but this just confirmed to me that homeschooling them is the right choice for us. It’s a scary new adventure but one that I will cherish, and only God knows the amazing fruit that will come from it.

Week 18 Challenge Word: Fruit

What is fruit? I know you all know we are not talking about bananas, apples, and grapes. We are talking about God’s nature exhibited in us. Genuine faith bears fruit. It is an expectation for believers. John 15:5 says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Max Lucado states that the fruit of the Spirit is “the result of His ministry in our hearts.” As we grow in Christ, we will produce more fruit. No matter where we are planted or what our upbringing was, we can bear fruit through prayer, Bible study, and sharing the gospel. Pruning (trials) is also necessary for our growth so that we can bear more fruit for His glory! Do you share Christ? Do you apply Biblical truths to your everyday life? Where is the fruit in your life? How is God pruning you to bear more fruit? Do others see the fruit of God in you? Are you giving out sweet, healthy fruit to others?

I chose to use the John 15:5 verse I quoted above on my card. I also used Matthew 7:15 which says “By their fruit you will recognize them.” There, of course, were several others I wanted to use too but they will stay in my precious journal. For my card, I was able to use the amazing Blueberry Smoothie kit from Create My Keepsake. There were some amazing colors in this kit but of course I had to use the pink first.
I pray that you will look at this word this week and look for those chances to bear fruit for Him. And remember to join us here at Faith Sisters for discussion and links to everyone's amazing work! Have a joyful and fruit-filled week.


Michelle McVaney said...

Great challenge Patter! This was the subject of our bible study tonight at church!

Keleia said...

Fabulous word, and for me, this one especially has great meaning in it from the past week! I can't wait to share my new card. Love and blessings, Keleia