Spring plants, and Spiritual Fruit

The frog is gone!!

You can see that The Mom has been busy cleaning up the yard, so that we now have an unobstructed view of the plants coming up in the garden.

Which explains why I wasn’t around yesterday… the weather was so warm that the back door was open, so I was making constant excursions outside.  There were bugs to sneak up on, birds to whisper to, and squirrels to watch carefully.  What would The Family do without me to protect them!

The hyacinth are budding, but have a ways to go before blooms;    looking in from where we’re usually looking out–

The yellow crocuses are still looking beautiful–
Do you notice anything mysterious about this picture below?
(The bird/frog bath is in the tree!)And now for the second part of the verses promised in the last entry.  We enjoy The Message, because in older versions you might have read those other verses and thought you didn’t really hang around people like that, but in this modern version you recognize that they’re all around you.  While it may not be the best version for studying from, it sure gives a fresh look at things–for example, today’s way of describing the "Fruit of the Spirit":

"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. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.
Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good–crucified.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.
That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original."
(Galatians 5:22-26)

"Each of us is an original…" I like that!

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