“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

John 15:4-5

What’s growing on?  Tonight the temperature is freezing.  The trees have shed their leaves and a beautiful work is in progress for them.  This season (Winter) is incredibly important to their growth. If a tree doesn’t experience enough chill hours (temps between 32-45 degrees) in the Winter the flower buds won’t open in the Spring, causing them to be unfruitful.  This season of dormancy allows buds to develop into flowers or foliage when the weather warms up in late Winter and is what produces the mouth-watering deliciousness we enjoy at harvest!

Beholding the beauty of this season has helped me see the “chilling” seasons of my life as a sweet gift.  It’s the season where I learn to abide in Jesus.  This abiding renews the sustenance of my life.   Jesus as the source of life makes me able to bear much fruit.  He sweetly breaks the dormancy of life and brings forth the new life created as a result of time spent together.  I admit, chilling out is not my choice posture.  But, just as a tree doesn’t walk away when the weather isn’t what they like – I’m choosing to abide.

Here’s my Winter Prayer:

“Father, this freezing season has me clinging to you for life.  I feel cold from the inside, out.  My heart quivers.  There seems to be nothing productive about my days.  I am merely existing.  There’s no beauty, fruit or leaves to flutter in the wind.  I feel naked and exposed.  My roots are resting but ready to grow independent of what’s happening on the outside.  I acknowledge you as the Creator of my life, my story.  I won’t walk away in this bad weather.  I’ll remain.  Please help me trust You for the delicious fruit this season will produce.”

You may also enjoy this blog about trees:

Let it Go:  http://prize31.com/let-it-go-by-denise-dietz/


–Plant trees in months that end in “R”

–Choose fruit trees that have the correct number of “chill” hours for your area

–Engage vision and patience (they’re worth the wait)

–Choose easy to care for

If you need help sinking those roots down…post a message and we’ll chat!

Denise is a lover of good ground good food and most radically God!  You’ll often find her knee deep in the dirt, digging up something for dinner and digesting inspiration deposited in her heart.  Her blooming ideas are born in the soil of God’s love for all mankind.  Her most precious seeds are the three children entrusted to her through adoption; Mycheal, Levi and Nathalie.  She also adores a beloved daughter-in-love; Lisa.


Denise Dietz