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Our Own Peach Tree

1 Timothy 4:15 “Continue to do those things; give your life to doing them so your progress may be seen by everyone.”

There is a story of two brothers who went walking on their father's vast acreage. While walking some distance from the house they came across a peach tree full of fresh peaches. Both brothers ate many of the juicy ripe peaches, filling their bellies with delight.

Once they decided to head home, one brother gathered enough peaches for a yummy Peach Cobbler and many jars of jam. The other brother chose to cut a limb from the tree to take home and plant a new tree.

The first brother was glad to go home and enjoy the fresh peaches, but they soon were gone. On the other hand, the second brother carefully tended his limb until it could be planted outside. The one little branch took root and eventually produced a lovely crop of peaches year after year for him to enjoy.

The Bible is like the peach tree, and we are like the brothers. There is a difference between simply hearing the Word of God and memorizing the Word of God. Like the first brother we all can hear the Word of God and we can gather an abundance of wisdom to take home with us to enjoy later. Eventually the words fade and are used up as we move on to other things. However, when you memorize the Word of God, tend to its words, daily put scripture to mind, it's like having your own peach tree in the backyard. It is there to nourish you all the time.

You might be saying, but it's just time consuming and I already have so much to do. Or it's so dull and outdated, how can I really gain something I can relate to in my life? I'm no good at memorizing things, how can I learn the scriptures?

Have you lost the joy you had when you first read through the pages of the Bible? Maybe it's time to find that joy again with a fresh perspective. If you want to know Jesus and have a relationship with Him the answer is simple, spend time in the Word. Today let's look at a few tools we can use to help spruce up our time in the Bible and find those hidden gems or treasures and plant our own peach tree in our backyards.

How about start small, you don't have to have Psalms 119 memorized out of the gate. Here are a few that you could start with:

John 11:35- Jesus wept

1 Thessalonians 5:16- Rejoice evermore

1 Thessalonians 5:17- Pray without ceasing

Exodus 20:15- Thou shall not steal

1 John 4:19- We love because He first loved us

Philippians 4:19- I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

You already did memorize scripture as you read the Bible.

Start with stories like Esther, Noah, Daniel, creation, David & Goliath. Reread them and see what new things you can discover or how your perspective has changed since you were a child. Move on from there to other stories.

Use companions- group Bible studies can be fun, and we can always glean from other people’s knowledge.

Memorize slowly- don't set out to have an entire chapter memorized in a day. Take them verse by verse allowing God to help you memorize them.

Write it down- journaling is always a great way to commit something to memory.

Above all pray and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and show you what you need to know.

Like the brother who carefully tended his branch and worked at it. When you take time to memorize God’s Word you will see an abundance of fruit and nourishment in your heart. Don't just hear God's Word but commit Gods Word to your life and you will produce fruit. Find what's best for you and take the time daily, to dig deeper in the Bible.

Throughout our blogs we have begun to start out small with short studies through scripture. We have already covered many of the shorter chapters in the New Testament and have now started our study through Galatians. It's simply taking the extra few minutes to read the short verses I set out each blog and let the Lord lead in what you are learning or you can spend a few extra minutes reading and then doing the short study along with it. Today we will continue with Galatians 3:15-29 and learn a little more about the history of the gospel. In the study there is a short read with verse throughout scripture that show God has been part of everything from the beginning and will continue on through the end. I hope you are blessed with these studies and have found the extra few minutes in your day to read along with me.

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