I am reading so many good books right now, ya’ll! I want to tell you all about each of them…but gosh, so many good books, so little time! ha!!
So, since I didn’t have another post ready for today, I thought I’d just share a few quotes from a book that I am going to HIGHLY recommend to you!! If you read this blog regularly, you know I generally only come to you with books I love. That isn’t because I don’t read books that I don’t care for, but it’s because I really hate to bash any books here. So, for the most part, I usually just tell you about the ones I love. And this is one of them!
I don’t have time to write up a great post about why I love this book…so for now, I’ll just leave you with a few quotes from it that have encouraged me! (I guess, really, that the quotes will show you why I love the book!)
“‘Abide in me, Jesus tell us, ‘and you will bear much fruit.’ Yet too often we forget that fruit needs different seasons in order to grow. We measure our spiritual maturity by how much we do rather than how we are responding to our current spiritual season.”
“Life in Christ is the only life that bears fruit, or at least fruit that lasts, and that you want to last. Every life, true enough, bears fruit. We all produce something. But it’s either fruit that doesn’t last – good things we can’t sustain – or it’s fruit that does last, but we wish it didn’t – bad things we can’t be rid of.”
“The only fruit that glorifies God stems from abiding in Christ, and he in us. It’s a life of faith and faithfulness. It’s a life of utter dependency and yet, strangely, daring initiative. Put another way, much and yet nothing depends on me. What depends on me is my tenacious dependence on Christ.”
“This is where the theme of seasons is so hopeful, at least to me. Seasons mean that I can nurture fruit, God-glorifying fruit, even in those times when there’s nothing to show for it. The result of all four seasons is, hopefully fruit. But only one season bears it.”
Ahhh, that last one is my favorite so far. That just encourages my soul so much!! I pray it encourages you today, too! Buchanan’s description of seasons in our lives has really impacted me. And why have I never thought of this before? Fruit does not grow in EVERY SEASON!?!? duh! Not every season is going to look the same for me in my life…and that is ok, better yet, that is how it should be! God may be working the roots during particular seasons or the difficult work of pruning may be taking place.
God’s timing is perfect.