Real Miracle Grow

With coffee grounds in hand, I begin throwing this “miracle grow” fertilizer under the azalea bushes.  In a few months these pink and rosy red bushes will be filled with blooms so I prepare them with what they love – coffee grounds.

Sometimes I feel I need some extra “miracle grow” as I desire to produce an abundance of fruit in my Christian walk. Like loving that difficult person – again, having patience when I just can’t wait any longer and self-control in an area that just needs a lock and chain on it with the key thrown out. Jesus told His disciples He would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit, into our lives who is the real “miracle grow”. He miraculously grows the abundant fruit as I abide with Christ.

Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do?:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26.

“It is the Spirit who gives life.” John 6:63

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” Acts 1:8

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”  Galatians 6:22-23

The Holy Spirit gives life, will teach me all things that Jesus said, and gives me the power through Jesus to produce abundant fruit.  My responsibility?  To walk with the Holy Spirit daily and ask Him for the power to love, have patience and for that much needed self-control.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”  Galatians 6:25

Are you dependent on the Holy Spirit? Are you walking with Him?  I sure am thankful Jesus sent the Helper, the Holy Spirit.  I need Him today.

Staying Close

With little backpacks on their arms, they boarded the plane for an unknown country.  Our 3 year old son and 5 year old daughter had just given up their home, toys and furniture to follow my husband and me to Taiwan.  They had never flown on an airplane and didn’t know where Taiwan was located.  They didn’t understand they would have to learn Chinese in school and eat different foods.  But they trusted us. They needed us.  They knew we loved them and would take care of them.  They stayed close to us for protection and looked to us to help them understand.  They made their home with us wherever we went.

Jesus said, “Abide in me” – make your home with me, trust in me, stay close to me.  Those of us who know Jesus are like children who trust and stay close because of our relationship with Him. We know and trust His love for us.  It is a resting kind of love.  We do not have to be afraid because He is with us.  He will never leave us.  God reminds us that we can be content and at peace because He promised to be with us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5.

I am with Jesus and He is with me.  No one can snatch me out of His hand. His hand holds on to mine because He loves me. 1 John 4:15-16 says, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.”

As a believer in Jesus Christ, I can take comfort in God’s love no matter what He asks me to do. He abides with me and I abide with Him.  If I should have to pack up and leave, sell my belongings and follow Him to the next destination in my life, I can trust in His love for me.  My home is with Jesus, so I want to trust Him as I abide with Him. Where do you make your home?  Can you trust Jesus wherever He is going to take you?