As winter has faded into spring soon summer will be upon us and I am so excited for days spent outside in the warmth of the sun with friends and family enjoying God’s creation and eating my favorite summer foods. Whether you go on a picnic in a park, relax on your patio, or have the opportunity to hang out at your or someone’s beachside home, I believe there is no better summer food than fruit. Maybe you love fruit salad, you can’t get enough of fruity flavored drinks, or simply cutting up a watermelon makes your mouth water. There are so many ways to enjoy your favorite fruit this season and even better, it’s good for you!
Speaking of watermelon one fun way to indulge in fruit this summer is making a:
- 2 C Seedless Watermelon, Cubed
- 1 C Hondeydew Melon, Cubed
- 1 C Cantaloupe Melon, Cubed
- 1/2 C Ice Cubes
- 1/2 C Sparkling Water, Chilled
- Juice of 1 Lime
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Puree everything in blender until smooth enjoy!
While we enjoy this refreshing drink let’s get a refresher on the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians:
“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” which “against such things there is no law”.
Reading these verses, I feel encouraged to take time this summer meditating on God’s Word and praying for opportunities to grow in those characteristics. I also feel inspired to be still and allow God to reveal to me areas in my life where conviction and transformation need to take place. In John 15, the Lord says to us:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit”.
Let’s make this a season of giving God permission to change us from the inside out.
This idea can seem daunting or complicated, but we are given clear instructions of how we can approach the process. Jesus says,
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing”.
I want to live my life with the confidence that God is with me and has the opportunity to work through me. I encourage you to spend time being still, being quiet, and listening to God. It can feel awkward if you’re not used to it, but I promise He will not disappoint you in how He shows up. I’m praying that as spring turns to summer, we can recognize the new season as a symbol of new growth, not just around us but in us. I also pray that while the process can be difficult, it also brings you joy, just like the bowl of brightly-colored and delicious fruit sitting right beside you.