Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Fruitful in Every Season

Fruitful in Every Season

Fruitful in Every Season – By Donna Miller, November 6, 2017

These past few days I worried incessantly concerning someone else’s decision to pick up an offense against me. Even though I was being a friend to her and tried so hard to help her, I had no control over any of her decisions. I let the enemy pile on layers of condemnation and false responsibility about something I can’t change.

Jesus asks in Matthew 6:27 “ Can we, by worrying, add a single hour to our life?”

We worry about many things, don’t we? Children, finances, unexpected changes, choices our loved ones make.

I worried in this instance that God could not use me to help this one friend. Allowing myself to worry about this gave access to the enemy to blow it all out of proportion! Satan took this one little occurance and condemned me that I was not useful to God in Women’s Ministry and I might as well just pack it up!

Dictionary.com says worrying gives way to anxiety or unease, allowing one’s mind to dwell on troubles. To agonize, overthink, panic, lose sleep, torment oneself.

Jesus doesn’t want us to torment ourselves like that!

Oswald Chambers, is quoted in “Our Careful Unbelief” as saying, “It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the Word He puts in us? Is it the devil? No— it is “the cares of this world” Matthew 13:22

He ends his devotion by writing “The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.”

I consider myself a disciple and student of Jesus Christ. But do I abandon myself to Him?

Whenever I worry, I am putting into action my unbelief in the goodness and integrity of my God.

God rained down manna each morning to sustain the Israelite’s in the desert, and He gives us a fresh apportioned supply of His Grace every morning for the day He foresees that we will have.

But we can waste today’s grace worrying about tomorrow. When I use His grace and strength today to worry whether He will come through for me tomorrow, I can imagine how this must hurt my Heavenly Daddy’s heart!

I need to remember this the next time I’m tempted to dwell on something out of my control. I won’t get it right every time. But God is pleased by my desire to grow in this.

Psalms 1:2-3 promises “But they delight in the law of the Lordmeditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

Meditating on God’s Word saturates our minds, building our confidence in Jesus because we can see Him in all His glory. Saturating something means to thoroughly soak it so nothing more can be absorbed. Saturating our minds with God’s Word crowds out fear and worry. There’s just no room for the enemies antics! What isn’t allowed to hang out in our minds can’t take root in our hearts. Win win!

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

An old pastor of ours once told us that a tree’s branches are only as wide as its roots. God designed it that way. Otherwise the first storm that comes along, the tree will topple.

I want to be the tree in these Scriptures. Learning to joyfully abandon myself to Jesus. As we root ourselves deep in the cool soil of His Word and drink in His living water, God will take care of the details in our lives. His Word promises that the leaves on our branches will stay green and we will never stop producing fruit no matter what season we are in.

Which means I can be confident that God is using me for His glory no matter what the enemy tries to whisper! In fact, when I am saturated in God’s Word, there is no room in my soul for the enemy to whisper into!

Even now in this Autumn Season, the trees don’t know that they are preparing for winter and are not worried that they are about to forfeit their leaves. They are focused on joyfully digging deeper in the cool soil and thriving. Their branches are stretched out towards their Creator, trusting whatever comes is part of His plan for them!

I’m beginning to understand what living in abandon to Jesus means!

God’s promises are true and I don’t have to just ‘wish’ to be like the tree in these Scriptures!

I am!

Be encouraged today!

Donna XOXO

P.S. We are here for you!! Let us know how we can lift you up to our Heavenly Daddy! ❤️

 

 



15 thoughts on “Fruitful in Every Season”

  • Beautiful picture! This blessed me by helping me see that I ‘can’ be fruitful in the midst of my income loss. I do it by staying saturated with the Word of God.💗 Thank you Donna!!

  • Donna this was beautiful. Isn’t it our human nature to worry? In my lifetime I’ve always worried about others and tried to help. worried about myself regarding if I’m good enough to go to heaven. I know you don’t get to heaven for things you do, you go to heaven because of your faith in God. I’ve always wondered How do you know if your Faith in God is enough. I worry about this constantly. As much as I love The Lord, is it enough?

  • Susan it blessed me to know that the Lord blessed you with this. I pray for you always! You are completely safe in His hands, the best place to be!! I can’t wait to see what He has for you in the future!! Exciting!! ❤️

  • Sweet Velva!! So glad you are here!! We post every Monday and hope you will be able to hang out with us!! Yes I totally agree it seems like we as humans worry a lot, don’t we? We live in such a fallen world! You have the most loving heart for others, Velva! Rest assured, Salvation is a pure gift from God. When we genuinely repent and ask Jesus into our hearts, we are saved. Because it is a gift from God, and not of ourselves, the enemy can’t take it away from us. Because we believe, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God, which is our guarantee… our promise! (Ephesians 1:13-14)

    Don’t let the enemy trick you into worrying if you are enough! We will never be enough! But that’s ok because our Jesus is enough!! And our salvation and hope rests in Him!! Hope this helps to quiet your heart tonight!! Love you!! Donna 😘

  • I so needed this today my beautiful friend. The enemy is at work in my life in so many ways. I have lost site of the peace and strength that I find in my Daddy. I know I have hurt His heart with wanting to throw the towel in. My mom is still living with me after moving in in July. It was suppose to be a month and here we are. She is very negative, very condemning and Stressful to be around. I have lost my joy, I have allowed her negativity and accusations and desire to “stir the pot” as they say take over me. She talks bad about me and my son Sam to my family and it hurts. But this is the Mom I have always known. My children are starting to understand why I have always been the people pleaser. When your child says to you, Mom please don’t let her dim your light, please don’t let her take away all that you have fought to make it through not worth it, shine your light, smile and share your joy again. After reading this it made me realize how I have hurt my Daddy’s Heart. I want to be His tree again, I want to let His light shine through me again, I want to fight the good fight again and not continue to let Satan kill, steal and destroy me and all I have fought through and for. So today I am letting that anxiety, sadness, stress and worry go. I want my Daddy to smile with me and show my children I am yet again a fighter who wants to live in faith, trust and joy! I love you my sweet friend. You are His tree. You bless so many and I am grateful to call you my friend and sister in Christ! I’m sorry for the book ❤️

  • Love this scripture (and the picture!!). I want my roots to grow even deeper and develop that solid core so that when the winds and storms of life come, I am firmly planted in Him!

  • Jeana Miller love you sweet friend!! I hate to see you hurting so much in your soul! Daddy is smiling on you!! Praying for you to feel His encouragement in your heart today!! ❤️

  • Shelley Sisson me too sweet girl!! Lysa TerKuerst really inspired me in her latest video. I want to be like her and so rooted in Christ also that nothing can take my peace and joy away! Love Donna XOXO

    • Thank you Sherrie!! I wish I had painted the picture lol! I downloaded it from pexels.com and added the personalized Scripture! ❤️

  • This is so beautiful Donna! Anxiety and worry have always been enemies of mine and there are times that I have let them consume my every thought. And when I think about it, I do worry a lot about the practical things in life. There have been times that I have really prayed about something and have felt myself let it go and give it to God and it is such a good feeling. I feel free afterwards and have found in most cases that what I was worried about didn’t even happen and if it did happen that there wasn’t much to it. Thank you for reminding us that we can do this all the time and live our lives without the bondage of worry and anxiety. And that we can even do this before we have something to worry about just by trusting God and knowing that everything is in His hands. He truly is our daddy and will take care of us in every way. God is so awesome! I am so thankful for His Word and for you my friend for sharing it with us. Love ya!

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