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Be a Garden Girl

Be a Garden Girl

I spent the greater part of last year contemplating how to be “fruitlicious.”  But then the wintery season of my soul arrived, and I stopped writing about watering and pruning and fertilizing.

Winter is hard.

The new year arrived despite my protests that I was not quite ready.  The frost was starting to settle in.  But, I wanted to hold on to Harvest time.

I must confess that I started to get lost in the pages of time as the calendar days kept mercilessly flipping by.  Thanksgiving raced to December, and December blinked into New Year’s.

My heart was on pause, but the days marched on unaware.

Slow down.  I needed to slow down.

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This morning, I read Genesis 3 with the ladies who read Truth, and a verse rose up off the page and captured my attention in the midst of the noise.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

How sad, I thought.  Jehovah Himself sought them out, and they hid.  They missed out on a sweet garden get together with God.

That’s when He spoke to me.

You do the same, Lyli.

He reminded me that even if its wintery outside, there is a solarium for two right inside my heart if I will but sit down for a spell with Him.

He waits for me.  I want to be a garden girl.

Something to think about…

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Fully-Dimensional Faith

3-D Faith

Why is your blog called 3-D Lessons for Life?

The honest answer is that when I started blogging, I wanted to stay true to my teaching roots and title my blog “Lessons for Life,” but that was already taken.  I added the “3-D” in front of it on a whim.  My husband’s business is nicknamed 3-D, and it’s a phrase that we use often at Casa Dunbar.

When I moved my blog to wordpress.org, I had to decide if I wanted to change the name of this blog.  I prayed about keeping 3-D Lessons for Life or tossing it for a new “revamped title.”  As I thought about who I am and what this space on the web has become, the Lord impressed on me that the phrase “3-D” needed to stay.

God has called me to live a fully-dimensional faith.  That’s the focus of my life and why I write here about life lessons.  I want to pursue Christ with every fiber of my being.

Living a 3-D faith requires

  • a commitment to growing intimacy with Christ
  • a charge to affirm others and walk in community
  • a call to reach out in love and live a life of service

This 3-fold focus was birthed in my heart through studying Paul’s prayer:

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father,

this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth.

I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit—

not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—

that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in.

And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love,

you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus

the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.

Reach out and experience the breadth!

Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights!

Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19, MSG

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Q4U:  How would you describe a “fully-dimensional faith”?

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31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 31

In late August, my sweet co-worker bought me this lovely plant for my birthday.  She said I needed something green and living in my office.  I smiled at her and told her I had a black thumb, so I should probably take it home and place it in my husband’s watchful care.

Pat is apparently an optimist, so she made me promise to water it once a week and not take it home.  This would be an office plant.

Knowing my track history with all things living, I quickly snapped a picture of the pretty plant with my iPhone so that I could remember it after its demise.

Folks, I promise you I did as I was told.  I watered that little plant and prayed over it.

“Live, pretty plant.  Please live,” I fervently prayed.

A few weeks later, Pat breezed into my office on a Monday morning to chat about some pending business.  She glanced sideways at the plant, and then she shrugged her shoulders and resigned herself to the inevitable.

“Take it home to your husband,” she agreed.

The little plant that could was holding on, but it was less green and less vibrant.  It was not thriving under my care.

I packed the living thing into my car later that day and handed it over to my favorite gardener.   “Pat ordered me to bring it home.  Do you think you can save it?”

My husband cradled the plant and examined it closely.

“It needs sun,” he diagnosed.

He placed it gently by the window where the rays of light could penetrate.

Right then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me very clearly — tell them about this moment on Day 31.  End here.

Tell them they need the Light of the Son.

Without Him, nothing thrives.

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But what happens when we live God’s way?

He brings gifts into our lives,

much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—

things like affection for others,

exuberance about life, serenity.

We develop a willingness to stick with things,

a sense of compassion in the heart,

and a conviction that a basic holiness

permeates things and people.

We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments,

not needing to force our way in life,

able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

Galatians 5:22-23, MSG

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Q4U:  What steps do you take daily to spend time with the Son?

Day 31 is a wrap!

(Insert victory cheer here)

Thanks for joining me on this crazy adventure!  Here is a complete list with links to all 31 posts in this series.  I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 30

The purpose of fruit is to nourish the body.  Your fruit must be given away.  You must allow others to consume it.  You can’t hoard it like a miser or let it rot away out of apathy and disinterest.

 

Fruiticious people invite others to the table.    And if the table is not inviting, fruiticious people will pack a brown paper bag and head out into the streets to help feed the hungry.

Fruit multiplies when you share it.  As we scatter seeds of love, joy, and peace, the fruit will be planted in the hearts of others.

Do you want to be fruitilicious?  Ask God to show you how your fruit can be used to sustain those in your circle of influence.

Give it all away.

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“Our people must also learn

to engage in good deeds

to meet pressing needs,

so that they will not be unfruitful.”

Titus 3:14, NASB

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Q4U:  What are some practical ways that we can intentionally nourish others?

Thank you for joining me for Day 30!

Come back tomorrow for Day 31 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will wrap up this most “fruitilicious” series.  I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 29

Sow self-control.  At the root of this fruit is contentedness.    A person who is temperate is not indulgent or reckless; rather, he acts with common sense and with sober-mindedness.

A person who exibits the fruit of self control has learned to discipline their willfulness.  Self control will stand alone, rather than join in with the nosiy crowd.

Self control is characterized by discernment.  A fruitilicious person thinks about the consequences to come, rather than acting on the spur of the moment.

Self indulgence is like a cancer that eats away at your fruitfulness.  Do you want your fruit to be sweet and tasty?  Then, tap into the divine Help of the Holy Spirit and learn to say no to your flesh.

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“An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
    they are ropes that catch and hold him.
 He will die for lack of self-control;
    he will be lost because of his great foolishness.”

Proverbs 5:22-23, NLT

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Q4U:  How do you combat the cancer of self-indulgence?

Thank you for joining me for Day 29!

Come back tomorrow for Day 30 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will discuss how to avoid “unfruitfulness.”  I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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