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Cultivating The Garden of Heaven In Our Hearts

"The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, and Peace, Patience, Kindness, and Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control." ~Gal. 5:22-23

Our spirituality is lived inside out, beginning with abiding in Christ.

In abiding, we cultivate the spiritual life that arises from within.

Developing this hidden life is like having a secret garden growing in our hearts. And it is the taproot and the source of a healthy spiritual life.

Abiding in Christ is not going to Church, doing good works, praying, or reading Scripture. They may arise as manifestations. but they are not the source.

Abiding is not a state of doing, but a state of Being.

Abiding is entering our secret place of intimacy with Jesus, that place of rest, nourishment, and abundant life, at the springs of our being.

Being is our presence, not our actions, it is who we really are.

It is from our place of rest, of being in Christ, that we learn to live out of eternal life.

We cultivate our garden by tending to the love, joy, and peace that arise from within us. We take time to savor their tenderness as they grow into our character.

This Presence, this 'hidden wholeness' is the fragrance of Christ we carry with us wherever we go, and in whatever we do.

I hope this resonates within you.

~ Bob Part 1


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