A moment ago I walked in from my fruit garden. When walking through our garden you will find a variety of fruit trees. A garden dotted with nectarines, Asian Pear, Anna Apple, lemon, tangelos and a couple others.
Last year only three of our seven trees bore any fruit. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed . Yet I decided, it would be a year when I would commit to lavish time to fertilize, water and nurture these trees.
I see my life, last year as imitating my fruit garden, bearing little fruit.
Last spring was difficult and painful. My mom passed plus I was empty of any real purpose. As I look back, I was no different from my garden. It was a year I needed to fertilize and nurture my soul. I had to make changes so I could bear fruit.
The changes I made were subtle yet made a powerful difference to my soul and in my spiritual life.
Each day, with my journal and Bible in hand, I would meditate on a short part of Scripture.
I slowed down. Instead of rushing through my daily Bible study, I began my time with worship music and savored God’s Word.
Prayer, my way to talk to and hear from God became more important. I began to study what God’s Word says on prayer and apply it to my relationship with Jesus.
Relationships. I cherished my family and friend relationships more.
These habits that nurture my soul have become part of my life. Why? They are bearing fruit. I see the value of being a wife as I hear my husband talk about God’s Word. I know being there as mom is crucial, when my daughter calls to get “mom advice”. I realize “grandma time matters” as I see my grandchildren shaped by the things I do with and say to them. Each week, I see God at work in each woman in my small group Bible study.
Nurturing your soul is vital to living a full and profound life that bears fruit. What can you do to nurture and fertilize your soul?
🌺 xo Deb