Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bearing fruit

This is mind-boggling. The past month I've been in a real slump. (you probably gathered that reading around here... I wish I could be more clear about our foster care process, but I'm not allowed to, sadly)
Anyhow... In the midst of the baby birds outside my bedroom window and the spring sunshine, I have also noticed something odd about my grapevine in the backyard. It was given to me 3 years ago when a dear friend of mine had to leave LA and she and her hubby sadly had to let go of a bunch of their treasured plants. I've done my best over the years, but never had one grape. Then a few weeks ago there were tiny little grapes appearing... And now, now the vine is bursting with bunches and taking over our yard. I took this pic and sent it to my friend and she sent me the following email  and Bible verses...

"you have to frame this. you don't realize how significant this is. Chris had this grapevine since when we were first married (I will ask him again how he got it I am sure there is a story there). It almost died so many times but he brought it back to life and now you have kept it alive....but it NEVER bore fruit ever! until now. Which is no mistake.
I believe it is to give you hope.
... I believe it is symbolic of the fruits of your labor and what is in store for you.
Jn 15.1   I am the true vine and my Father is the garden. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be more fruitful.
Ps. 1:3  He is like a tree plantedby streams of water which yields it's fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither. Whatever he does prospers.
Prov 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life
Matt. 7:16  By their fruit you will recognize them
Gal 5....fruit of, joy, peace, patience, kindess, faithfulness, gentleness, self control....

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