An Apple A Day

One of my regular runs takes me past a field full of cows. They always show a great interest in me as I power (stagger) up the road past them. We exchange pleasantries and then I am gone for another day and we never think about each other again until the next time. I’m not sure what cows think about. Eating grass probably. Or the price of a pint of milk.

The field in question is bordered by a row of pear trees. These last few weeks their branches have been weighed down with fat, juicy pears. So much so that when I run past at least one usually falls to the ground. There are literally hundreds of them in the trees and hundreds lying on the ground below. Cows apparently do not like pears as the majority of them have been trampled on, resulting in an inedible, gooey mush. What a waste.

This summer Rebecca has been growing a little apple tree in our back garden. She has inherited the green fingers of her mother and grandmothers. The reward for her hard work has been two cooking apples which we have watched grow and ripen these last few months. Finally they have fallen and Rebecca has decided that they be used to make an apple pie which we can then all enjoy. What a treat.

What fruits are you growing in your heart? Nourishing and tending for until they have ripened and are ready to be utilised for the benefits of others? The Bible refers to them as the Fruits of the Spirit. We all have talents or gifts and it is up to us what we do with them. Some of us are more gifted than others. Your gift could be writing or public speaking and it may lead to you communicating with an audience of millions. 

However if you misappropriate that talent then it is as wasted as a field full of pears being trampled underfoot by a dozen dozy cows. What is the point of influencing millions of others if you use that gift to deliver a message of hate, anger or bitterness? That is a waste of your God given gift, a wasted opportunity, a fruitless season.

Others may think they have no talent, or that it is so small as to be of no use to anyone. But the smallest gifting can be used for massive gain. You may be a good listener and be there in the right place at the right time for someone who desperately needs an understanding ear. Or it can be as simple as a kind heart; a person who looks out for their elderly neighbours or has a kind word for the loner kid in the school canteen. These acts are as precious as the apples from Rebecca’s apple tree.

Look into your heart. What is your gift or talent? Identify it. Then ask yourself what are you doing to nourish and develop it. And when it is ready how are you going to put it to good use in a world desperately in need of it. Become a blessing to a broken world. Don’t allow your fruits to rot on the vine or be trampled underfoot. Make a difference today.

Galatians 5:22-23 – ‘But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’

What is your favourite fruit?

Are you making the best use of your gifts or talents?

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  1. I really enjoyed this 🙂 Well done!!! At least the trampled fruit can be used for better soil.

    Tomorrow’s post is my post on talking about hypocrisy with another inspired idea I had last weekend. I tagged your post in it 🙂

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  2. You are so awesome and amazing. I want to be just like you when I grow up. 🙂

    I love everything about your online ministry. I have begun a blog, I have 3 followers… lol. Here’s my problem. I had a job, that my boss was literally expecting me to perform illegal acts. I have a regular driver’s license and was the office manager for her Non-Emergency Medical Transportation company. Well, she fired the driver and demanded that I fill in while she placed an ad and interviewed potential replacements. She said it would be for about a week to ten days. I asked her how I could do that without the proper credentials for that position (CDL or Chauffeurs license) she said she had gotten a temporary waiver from DOTD… she had asked for a copy of my license, and made it seem like what she was saying was legitimate. (I didn’t know any better.)

    Well, I kept asking how long it would be until I could return to my job, as I was burning out doing both. I drove 8-10 hours per day, sometimes as early as 3am until as late as 7pm… THEN, I did the billing, emails, etc. Though I was working 55+ hours every week, she never increased my pay from my simple 40hr x $8 salary that I had in the office. ($320 week) She kept stringing me along, saying she had interviewed this one or that one, and that she was waiting on their approval from Medicaid. Well, EIGHT AND A HALF months later, she was with me, taking a patient out of town, and we got pulled over for a random DOTD inspection. The trooper said I hadn’t done anything wrong, but that they had recently begun inspecting medical vehicles as part of the initiative to make sure all commercial vehicles are keeping up with log books, daily vehicle inspections, fire extinguishers, etc. Here’s the kicker… I got a warning, but she got a citation ($650) for having an unauthorized driver operating a commercial vehicle. Thank God she was in the vehicle because he said I would have GONE TO JAIL because there was a patient on board. So, she had to drive the remainder of the trip, and when we returned to the office, she gave me the manifest for the next day. I told her I was afraid to drive after getting that stern warning. She demanded that I disregard it, as according to her she’d been in this business 13 years and has done this many times and that’s the first time she ever heard of such a stop, and so she was confident it wouldn’t happen again. When I told her I would rather not, she fired me right there on the spot. I tried to apply for unemployment, but she never paid UE Insurance.

    Now, it’s 5 weeks later. I have applied at many, many other jobs, but haven’t received any offers even after very successful interviews. I have been told by a former co-worker that she is telling potential employers who call for references, that I was disobedient and refused to do my work assignments. I have depleted my savings. I am a week late on rent, and the landlord is threatening eviction.

    I just know God would not have wanted me to continue to drive KNOWING it was illegal, after being warned. SO, I know I did the right thing, but what do I do now? $545 is like a million to me right now. I get no assistance, and unfortunately, I don’t qualify as they go back 6 months, and according to that, I made too much. I have nothing of value, to sell or pawn, and I was of course turned down for loans, because I have no income. I need a miracle.

    Here’s the crazy thing. I am working on an E-Book series that I had been thinking about the very week all this happened. And so, while I have been out of work, in between applications, interviews and looking for any means of online income… I am trying to get it ready for publication. I believe it will be very successful, yet… I can’t not do applications to just write…. But, I need the income.

    Please pray for supernatural blessings. I know the enemy is attacking me because I am embarking on a new endeavor utilizing the gift God gave me. Matter of fact, God wrote two novels – I typed them for him several years ago… I finally have the first of those edited and am hopeful that the E-Books will get me in a position to publish those. (I believe they will be a movie)

    Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. This I know.

    Thanks in advance for your prayers.

    God bless you!

    On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 1:45 AM, A Fractured Faith wrote:

    > afracturedfaithblog posted: “One of my regular runs takes me past a field > full of cows. They always show a great interest in me as I power (stagger) > up the road past them. We exchange pleasantries and then I am gone for > another day and we never think about each other again until the ” >

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    1. It is sad what this woman has done to you. This is a time of trial and testing for you. I pray God will hold you up with his mighty arms.

      My sister was looking for a job once and had the same experience as you. The interviews went very well, but no one hired her. I asked her if her ex-boyfriend, who had been her previous boss, was being contacted as a reference. She said he was. I told her I thought he was probably giving bad references because he was mad at her for leaving him.

      The next interview she told them what might be happening. She got the job. I hope and pray this happens for you. I also pray God will fill your every need. I hope there is a food bank near you. Also, you could share your story on Go Fund Me, or call some churches and ask for help.

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  3. This is so true! I actually wrote a post similar to it. So awesome that Rebecca is growing an apple tree! We used to have one when we lived in the city (oddly enough) but it died and then we moved to the country. Apple pie sounds amazing!

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  4. A wonderful post with good food for thought and lots of flavor. How many seeds can a single apple produce? I do not know the answer, but I know it is multiplied. A young tree that has already produced two shows great future potential:

    Isaiah 32:3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    I will make it a point to return and read more. God willing and God bless. Thank you.

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