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Monday, August 22, 2011

What a difference a letter can make!!!

Don't you just love the English language?  
English and spelling and reading were some of my favorite subjects in school.  I can still remember how much I loved doing sentence diagrams, with the subject and the verb and all the adjectives and adverbs!!!!  But, our language can be a bit funny at times, too.  Isn't it amazing how just changing one little letter in a word can change the entire meaning?

So, you know this is leading to something, right?!?
;-) 

I bet you've never given much thought to the fact that if you change the "t" to an "n" in the word "mature"....then, you get an altogether different word!!!
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Big difference, right?!?!?

Here's my train of thought. 
Sometimes....we have to go thru a lot of "manure" in our lives....to get to the maturity.  We have to go thru the sticky situations and the difficult times in order to grow and mature as a CHRISTian...to strengthen our faith in Him!!!

There's even scripture to back up my point:

There was a man who had a fig tree and it hadn't born any fruit for three years so he asked the gardener to just cut it down because it was worthless.  The keeper of the vineyard asked for it to be left alone for a year and he would dig around the fig tree....and "dung" it....and then, see if it would bear fruit. (Luke 13:7-9)

 Do you sometimes feel like that fig tree with things of life digging at you and like you're drowning under a pile of "dung"?  
Yeah, me, too!!!

But, Sweet Reader....it's for our own good....it's so that we'll grow and mature....and "bear fruit" for HIM!!!

Now....wasn't that an interesting topic to start off our week?!?!
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HOPE each of you has a "marvelous Monday"!!!

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

5 comments:

  1. Excellent Liberating Truth this morning! Bless you Deb....I know the very essence of dung....and I'm afraid at times I refused the purpose of the dung for rejecting it very purpose to enhance my growth toward the production of much fruit.....

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  2. Oh - what great imagery! I don't think I'll ever forget this. For our "devotions" last night in our small group, a gentleman took us through the James 1 passage where James says "Count it all joy.....". This really fits! (Sure hope God's not preparing a more manure this week!)

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  3. Very good. I love the thoughts you have about things. Keep it up.

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  4. Mature.Manure...that's what I hope I can be someday...lol

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  5. This is great! A lesson with a chuckle connected....

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24