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The Other Fruit

The Other Fruit

It is common knowledge that fruit is good for us.  For us to maintain a well-balanced diet it is recommended that we eat four servings of this food group daily.  Weight loss coaches encourage us to replace the chips, cookies, and other less healthy snacks with an apple, orange, or berries.    Studies show that certain fruits are helpful in preventing and minimizing the symptoms of certain ailments such as lemons for digestive tract issues and cherries for inflammatory pain relief.

While it is a proven fact that fruit is indeed good for our bodies, it doesn’t end there.  Fruit is essential for our spirit as well.  “How so?” you ask.  Galatians 5:22-23(NIV) lists the fruit that should be a regular part of every Christian’s diet:  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

We cannot purchase this fruit in a grocery store or a farmer’s market and although we can find just about everything at Wal-Mart, we won’t find it there either.  The fruit that is spoken of in these Galatian verses, doesn’t come from outside of us but is produced in us by the Holy Spirit.  The key word in the sentence above is produced.  We aren’t born with the “fruit of the Spirit”; It begins to grow in us when we receive salvation and begin to live for Christ.  As we continuously grow in our relationship with God, the fruit continuously grows within us.

When we are driving down the road and see the big yellow “M” we recognize that there’s a McDonald’s nearby.   Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the situation, our kids recognize it too.  When we see the swoosh symbol we know the shoes or garment is a Nike product.  These logos do what they were designed to do, they make their brand easily identifiable.   Likewise, when others see love, joy, peace and the other six fruits in us, they recognize us as followers of Christ.

Follow the recommended dietary allowance and get your daily four, but while you’re filling up on apples, bananas, and pears, don’t forget about the other fruit.  Make sure you get these nine nutrients too:   love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  The fruit that feeds our spirit.

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Days 24-30

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Days 24-30

This final week of 30 days of growth and “newness” sprouted up different thoughts and revelations and a new breakfast spot.

A couple of days this week I found myself feeling a little down.  There was no particular reason, it was “just one of those days” times two.  Normally, I would have just gone through it and went about business as usual.  Trying to push through it just wasn’t working this time; I couldn’t shake it off.  Then God sent me two “angels” to encourage me and I allowed them to do just that.   The role of encourager is usually mine, so it was different for me to switch places.  I give a lot, fully believing in the words “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  I am grateful however, for the lesson that I need to surrender to allowing myself to receive from others as well.

My husband’s birthday was this week.  Every year since we have been together I have always sought to make his day special.  From “fancy” dinners to Disney World and various things in between I have tried to do something out of his ordinary to honor his birthday.  Every year though, he has requested not to do anything special for his birthday.  So this year, I did something different and gave him the low-key day that he has wanted.  No promises for next year though lol.

I told you that I really enjoy food.  So you know I could not end the 30 days without a food “new”.  I’m not big on breakfast, I know it’s the most important meal of the day…. It’s just not one of my favorites.   When I do eat it though, I like a good spread.  I had a breakfast craving earlier this week and answered it with a trip to a local country kitchen restaurant.  It offered a cozy, friendly atmosphere and a hearty down home southern breakfast that a girl raised in the south could appreciate.

These 30 days have been interesting, fun, and challenging at the same time.  But……. tomorrow it’s back to the regularly scheduled program-weekly posts.  Join me to see what May brings.

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 12

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 12

In our “busy” society sometimes we choose convenience over quality.  This is what helps keep the fast food restaurants in business, but that’s another post.  So, those who really know me know that grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do.  I like to cook the food and eat the food, but I don’t like to shop for it.  Go figure.  There was a time when I would go to multiple places for groceries.  One place might have the best meats, another place higher quality produce, and yet another place the best prices on household products. Well that time has passed.  Now I try to get it all at the nearest grocery store.  That has resulted in me getting sub par produce at times, but it’s convenient.  Today I went to a farmer’s stand for my produce after having gone to the store for my other items.  One bite of my strawberries confirmed that it was worth the extra time and travel.  My Day 12 “new” was simple, but it made me happy, and that’s the point of it after all.

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 7

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 7

Today marks the end of the first week of my 30 Days of “New”.  So, I closed out with a double dose.

I’m normally a buttoned down, collared, dressy shirt or sweater type of woman.  T-shirts are usually reserved for exercising or sleeping in.  Today I proudly wore a graphic tee that I purchased from a rising entrepreneur.  I like the design and colors in the shirt, but I love the motivational words on it “No Days Off-24 7 365”.  I’m working on achieving some long-term professional goals so these words remind and inspire me to keep pushing.

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New thing number two?  Number two wasn’t exactly something that I haven’t done before, but rather something that I hadn’t done in a long while, before today.  I had a table for one.  I took myself to lunch and not at a crowded fast food spot where I could fade into the background.  I enjoyed a quiet lunch where I  was able to savor my food and my thoughts.  I’m a slow eater so it felt good not to have to eat faster than I care to because everyone else is already finished and waiting on me.  There was nice music playing during my meal and I was able to really listen to it and not just hear it, as would have been the case dining with others.   Don’t get me wrong though, I enjoy lunch dates with my husband, friends, and family, but “a table for one can be fun” too.

 

I know for some these might seem like small things, but I’m the type for whom the “little things” mean the most.

Okay sappy quotes finished.  Day 8 awaits, talk to you tomorrow.

 

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 6

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 6

Gonna keep it short and sweet tonight.  My day 6 “new” does involve the taste buds.  But, I did say no promises.  What was it?

Drumroll…………………………………………See the picture below

Eggplant Parmesan Boats-first time making them and don’t judge, but my first time eating eggplant as well.  Loved it!  Eggplant will definitely be added to my grocery list.  Tomorrow ends the first week of my 30 day journey.  Tune in to see how I close out the first week.

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Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 4

Plant and Grow in 30 Days Day 4

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Just a little disclaimer before I give you my day 4 “new”.  A few of my new things might revolve around food.  For no other reason than I simply love good food.  With that said, I had a beef gyro today for the first time.  Didn’t know what I’ve been missing.  And that tzatziki sauce, oh yes I’ll give up my beloved ranch dressing for a gallon of that.  Already searching Pinterest for gyro recipes to make at home.  Maybe that can be another “new”, my first time making gyros.

Check back tomorrow.  It probably won’t be food, but I can’t make any promises.