Grow Your Faith

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Let’s address the elephant in the room:  I only have fake plants in my home. For the longest time, it’s the only kind of plant that I thought I could have.

Hi, I’m Bree, and I have killed multiple cacti!

But the pandemic arrived and I started seeing these mini home gardens popping up all over social media and for the first time, I wondered if I could figure out how to keep something alive and manage to feed my family too.

I pinned ALL the things “raised bed” and garden-related on Pinterest, and then in passing, I mentioned my desire to a friend.  And low and behold, she wanted to try a garden as well!

Months in and my first tomatoes are growing, as well as several peppers, carrots, and herbs… and I managed to get lettuce to sprout (from seed) in 3-days!

The more time that I spend out there digging in the dirt and tending to the bug-eaten leaves, the more I think about what it takes to grow our faith.

Growing our faith in Christ requires:

  • Some research
  • Sewing well-established truths in our hearts & minds
  • A lot of nurturing and tending
  • Watering it daily with Living Water
  • Pruning back the knawed on bits of ourselves that the world has dug its teeth into

It’s not an easy process, and it sometimes requires some encouragement to continue moving forward, but my sweet friend, growth is possible!

You don’t have to fake it ’til you make it, like that plant sitting on the shelf in my living room.

You can have real, true, living, and breathing faith.  And I’m happy to be that friend who encourages you along the way!

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  1. You made an interesting point when you mentioned that research can help you grow your faith. Attending religious conferences could be a good way to do research. Conferences have speakers that can help you learn more about your faith.

    1. Henry, yes, conference are great opportunities to connect with others and learn different perspectives of faith. I tend to do more research through personal study of Scripture and texts that fill in the blanks of the historical, cultural, and linguistic context. But there’s certainly no right or wrong way to approach this extra study of our faith, to learn and grow.

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