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~Five Minute Friday~

…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Ephesians 3:17b~18 ~NLT

She approached our table, wrinkled and bent, wrapped warm in her thick knitted sweater, selling her wares. Galax leaves bundled, tied with string of yarn. I wanted them, a piece of home to take home.  She assured me they would live long if I kept the water fresh.

We wandered among the wares of an antique shop in search of a mason jar to place them in. Carried them three hours south. I untied the yarn, filled the jar with water, putting them in one by one. Tending them.

Roots have begun to grow. I know better than to plant them here. Scorching summers, relentless sun, red soil. Peaches, strawberries, cantaloupes, loblolly pines grow and thrive. My leaves would wither and die. I’ll watch the roots grow and tangle and fill their space in the jar.

My one word, cultivate, comes to mind. Cultivate, synonym for grow, along with flourish, gain, multiply, and my favorite, luxuriate.

There’s a sermon here (smile), perhaps a bigger lesson. Given the proper soil, tending, pruning, watering, feeding, growth will come. When we grow, we multiply. Make disciples. Share hearts and love and life.

We grow when deeply rooted in love, firmly planted in His Word. Thrive on Living Water, cultivated soil.

We hurt when pruning is done. Dead branches fall, leaves pulled, bleeding to the ground all we are wanton for, yet stunting our growth.

Cultivating the soil of our hearts, feeding our souls with God breathed words, drinking in Living water, we grow. We flourish. We luxuriate.

For I am like a tree whose roots reach the water, whose branches are refreshed with the dew.

Job 29:19 ~NLT

Gifts of Grace

Tammy Mashburn

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