First Fruits

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For my girls to remember the simple yet exciting times.

At the end of last year a papaya tree, called a paw paw tree around here, just popped up in my garden. I decided to leave it and let it grow, mainly for the purpose of providing a very little bit of shade…maybe.

I didn’t really know much about a paw paw, and still don’t, but we were excited to find fruit on it this year. A couple weeks ago Ellianna picked the first fruit and got to enjoy it. We’ve had another one ripe since then. And we are watching and waiting to get our next fruits very soon.

We also planted a passion fruit vine, which we call granadilla, along a small fence just outside our house. Again, I don’t know much about them, but just today I noticed a granadilla growing. I noticed the beautiful flowers a few weeks ago, but didn’t realize it would grow fruit so soon. We are expectant about what this vine will produce.

The excitement about these two fruits is simple but real. It’s the little things that I want to remember with my girls as we, one day, reminisce about simple joys in our days. It’s the little things that add up to big things that make our lives so full.

And in these little, simple joys, I’ve been reminded over and over today of the verse from Proverbs 3:9, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

In the excitement of first fruits, I don’t want to forget that God has blessed us with a beautiful world with amazing things like being able to grow food. That is pretty incredible!

And so, we rejoice over these first fruits and honor the Lord with them. And one day, long into the future when we never would have thought about our first home grown paw paw or granadilla ever again, we will now remember our joy and excitement of these tasty fruits and how the Lord has filled our hearts with simple pleasures.

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3 responses »

  1. So many blessings to give thanks to God for! How wonderful that you can not only enjoy these simple pleasures but also recognize them to begin with! Love you all.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing those simple joys. I’m reminded of the same that we enjoyed in Nigeria, Cameroun and Swaziland. So exciting to be able to harvest bananas, pineapple, cherries, guava, almonds, avocados, lemons, paw paws, mangos and more from our own yard. God is good.

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