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Don’t Focus on the Fruit

Don’t Focus on the Fruit

Today’s post is inspired by a simple but profound statement I heard on a recent podcast: Don’t focus on the fruit and ignore the root. At the time, I was busy jumping between several writing projects. Updating an older manuscript to submit to agents. Revising the sequel to my latest release. Brainstorming the last book in that series. Reading a book for endorsement. Preparing lessons for a middle school creative writing class. Helping my critique partner

Like A Tree – Fruit of Self-Control

“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” ~Grenville Kleiser “Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.” ~Calvin Coolidge “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” ~Proverbs 25:28 NIV “But the fruit of the Spirit is … self-control …” ~Galatians 5:22-23 NIV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been looking

Like A Tree – Fruit of Gentleness

“I learned it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” ~Leo Rosten “Gentleness corrects whatever is offensive in our manner.” ~Hugh Blair “But the fruit of the Spirit is … gentleness …” ~Galatians 5:22-23 NIV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been looking at the types of fruit that naturally grow out of a heart that’s being transformed from

Like A Tree – Fruit of Faithfulness

“Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness.” ~Edwin Louis Cole “Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero “But the fruit of the Spirit is … faithfulness …” ~Galatians 5:22 NIV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been taking a closer look at the fruit

Like A Tree – Fruit of Goodness

“It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.” ~ Aristotle “No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.” ~ Saul Bellow “But the fruit of the Spirit is … goodness …” ~ Galatians 5:22 NIV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been focusing in on some of the fruit that naturally develops

Like A Tree – Fruit of Kindness

“If a  man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.” ~ Francis Bacon “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop “But the fruit of the Spirit is … kindness …” ~ Galatians 5:22 NIV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been taking a closer look at the types of fruit that develop in a life

Like A Tree – Fruit of Patience

“A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.” ~ Dutch proverb “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” ~ John Quincy Adams “But the fruit of the Spirit is … patience …” ~ Galatians 5:22 ESV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been taking a closer look at the types of fruit that naturally grow in a heart

Like A Tree – Fruit of Peace

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows. It empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom “When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up behind us and the future slowly unravels before us.” ~ Rev. Richard Levy “But the fruit of the Spirit is … peace …” ~ Galatians 5:22 NIV In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’re taking a closer look at the

Like A Tree – Fruit of Joy

“Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.” ~ Robert Schuller “Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.” ~ Abbot Coumba Marmion “But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy …” (Galatians 5:22 NIV) In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’ve been discussing bearing fruit that is evidence of the internal transformation of our hearts.  Proof that we’re connected to the source

Like A Tree – Fruit of Love

“To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving to all others.” ~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ~ Galatians 5:22-23 NIV Apple trees bear apples. Peach trees, peaches. Orange trees, oranges. And a Christian heart being transformed by the Spirit of God also bears fruit in keeping with its new nature –