These are, I guess,
dead and dried-out plants.
But they look cute and decorative.
But my brother said they are an
"invasive species"; and, yes, they
seem able to grow in a lot of places
on the roadside and here at the beach.
However, even though people reject them
and may despise them, we can use them
for some pretty art work.
God is also able to use what is dead
to do something beautiful . . .
like some sand art (c: >
Here it looks as though the wind has
been moving a broken-over piece of stem
to slide over the sand and make a pattern.
But, as you might have noticed . . .
there is only so much a bent-over
dead stiff piece of weed stalk can do,
plus it can reach only so far . . .
while we in Jesus have God's light
and shine His love through us to each other >
so that, not only are we receiving His light
from God, Himself, but also shining His light
right through us to one another,
so we can all grow in this light
bringing God's love energy, together >
With growing there is
more and more
glowing with sharing (c:
Of course, we are not only a glow-show.
We grow to produce nutritious fruit.
I think, by the way, of how it says "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (in Galatians 5:22-23). So, "self-control" in the Holy Spirit is fruit, and fruit needs to grow, first. You can't just make fruit by means of your own actions. But fruit of the Holy Spirit grows in our character, making us more and more like Jesus.
And I can see that the love and joy and peace and gentleness and longsuffering and kindness and goodness and self-control are not each a separate kind of fruit, but these are characteristics and qualities all of the same one fruit of how love is, in us, more and more as we grow in this. This love in us is juicy and sweet and beautiful and with self-control.
So, our self-control is of love, and is sweet and kind and sensitively caring and sharing, with God and how our Father has us loving with Him.
And this love, then, has control, yes > but not only for getting what we want from favorite people whom we can control with our charm. But we have immunity almighty also against anti-love things like raging and nasty anger and arguing, and abusing ourselves with food, and against fear and unforgiveness and hurts that don't go away; and self-loving which makes us strong against workaholic drive with its waste-out, and making us immune to stress, and against depression; and other-loving control that is against how I can curse others with my suspicion, when instead I need to first have compassion for any person, like Jesus did on the cross; and we have almighty immunity, against cursing others with our worry witch would have us possessing people, instead of blessing them and giving them to the LORD >
"casting all your care upon Him,
for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
"be anxious for nothing" (in Philippians 4:6)
So, yes, there is self-control against what is wrong, but this self-control is of love which has us doing ourselves and others good (c:
In God's loving self-control, we have creativity >
a master craftsman needs self-control for doing
his beautiful and helpful things creative . . .
not only "patience" for keeping himself from
getting angry and frustrated.
And a loving mommy with her child has self-control
not only against getting irritated with her child,
but self-control is for doing good things together
in sharing so the child can feed on her example
of how to relate in love.
And God's love is sweet and beautiful and kind
so self-control in the Holy Spirit's fruit is pleasant
and sweetly and tenderly caring and sharing.
(c: This makes us able to live in close relating
with one another, without any squabbling (c:
"better and better . . . as we grow in this" >
"It takes time to become a good old peach >
first there's that cute little buddy, so-o-o fuzzy,
then the green teen not exactly mature;
but - - even in our middle years . . .
yes, we can be oh-so colorful
in that peachlight coming down
all around us;
and yet, we're still going to get
at least a little bit bitter and sour,
Because we need to go through some
heat of the summer,
before we can reach a ripe old age.
But then is when we can get
sweeter and sweeter
and even more and m-o-r-e juicy! (c:
Because we made that commitment
to learn how to love >
"'Take My yoke upon you and
learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.'"
We offer thanks to You, our Father, in the name of Jesus (c: