She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. … When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. [Proverbs 31:16,26 (NLT)]

CONCORD GRAPESWhile I’d like to think of myself as energetic, virtuous, capable and generous, I bear little similarity to the Proverbs 31 woman. I don’t spin, weave or sew and, while I do get up early, it is for Bible study and not for setting my household in order. It is my husband who usually prepares breakfast and my homemaking skills leave much to be desired. Nevertheless, although my thumb is more black than green, like the Proverbs 31 woman, I have planted a field. My field, however, has nothing to do with grape vines and I can’t even take credit for seeing it. That honor belongs to a friend who insisted there was a field of words that needed sowing. One of a small group of friends who were receiving daily email devotions from me, she doggedly insisted that I plant a field for Jesus with a devotional website. Since I am technically challenged, she even tilled the soil by setting up the site and loading several older devotions for me. She did what we all should do for our Christian brothers and sisters—challenged, motivated, and inspired me to be a disciple of Christ. Thank you, God, for Christian friends who spur us onward and keep us accountable.

Today marks the 1000th posting on Devotions of the Heart. As of yesterday, 83 people receive the devotions in their mailbox and there have been 3,292 visitors from ten countries and 6,509 views of the site. Some people may have visited here accidentally after Googling topics like brace roots, cypress knees, worrywarts, family reunions, trekking poles, karma, or the Peace Store in Key West. Perhaps they were disappointed when they arrived at a Christian blog. Hopefully, they paused and read the message anyway and, maybe, a seed was planted in their hearts. Other readers probably intended to find a Christian message when they searched for topics like Jehovah Jireh, fishers of men, swords into plowshares, 2 Kings 5, or faith and obedience. Hopefully, they weren’t disappointed when they arrived here. Some of them stayed for a while and a few even subscribed. Several people found this site through invitation, either mine or that of one of my readers, and others found their way here through accident or what I prefer to think of as God-incidence.

I hope and pray that I am like that Proverbs 31 woman in one important way—that my words have been wise and my instruction kind. Thank you for allowing me into your lives to share my faith journey and love of God. My prayer is that the seeds that have been planted and watered on this site will continue to grow in your hearts so that you will bear the fruit of His Holy Spirit in your lives.

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. [1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NLT)]

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. [Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT)]

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