Imagine a seed. Got a picture in mind?
Let’s take our seed and drop it into a nice hole in the ground, then gently cover it with soil. With a little time, warmth and water, our friend will emerge as a spring-green seedling.
We’ll cheer for our little seedling. Grow baby, grow!
And it will grow – if conditions are right.
And do you know what else? It’ll produce fruit when the plant reaches maturity. All those sweet, juicy fruit droplets melting from mouths across the world will cause people near and far to offer a chorus of hallelujahs. (There’s nothing like a ripe mango or peach, picked straight off the tree!)
But what if our seedling quits growing?
(Wow! Did sadness just blanket the scene or what?!)
Our seedling simply refuses to grow. Then what?
So long fruit. So long maturity.
How sad to think of the potential lost. And how silly for our little friend to stay a seedling forever. What can it accomplish as only a seedling?
In July we noted several fiction ministry reads here. Shall we take a look at non-fiction pieces?
Below is a handy listing of several helpful pieces written for various outlets. All are tools aiding spiritual growth, keeping Kingdom fruit in mind. All of these, all in one place – for us.
Enjoy the reads, and grow baby, grow!
Here’s a new piece published recently. It sits ready for times when Bible reading grows stale or we’re simply not certain what book of the Bible to read.
This LifeLetter Cafe link has several good pieces to read. Scroll down near the bottom for 3 Powerful Ways.
Life feeling heavy? It happens, and it’s hard to garner encouragement during those times. Take a peek at these five verses. See how God speaks to you through them.
Discouragement is a bear. Consider God’s Word the hunter, ready to overcome harm’s threat.
This one consists of many pieces written by folks all over the globe. Perhaps there’s a piece waiting to encourage your faith.
Lastly, a little reminder that WORD17 is on semi-vacation during August. This month’s memory verse is here, never fear, but it’s supporting Monday posts are on vacation. WORD17 will return as normal on Monday, September 4. In the meantime, look for 1 published post of varying, faith-filled content each Tuesday.