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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: Fruit is a VERB
By LauraLee Shaw
02/25/08


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John 15:8 (NIV)
"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

Let the Fruit of the Spirit come alive in you,
Obeying the Word of the Lord in
Verb form,
Eagerly acting upon that which you have hidden in your heart.

Just as Christ demonstrated His love for you,
Opting to die for your sins, so
You should choose to lay down your life for others.

Practice what you preach,
Exude joy in work, as well as play,
Ask God--beg God to
Complete His work in you
Each and every hour of every single day.

Pursue peace
Actively, showing even more than
Telling.
Invite your
Enemy to break bread with you.
Notice when someone is alone and
Care about the underdog
Especially.

Know that the Lord will
Ignite His Spirit in you as you acknowledge your
Neediness and complete
Dependence upon Him to do the work.
NO WAY can you produce the practice of patience on your own!
Even when the enemy pursues you, God will
Shelter you under the shadow of His wings.
Simply trust and obey.

Go for it!
Obviously you are beginning to see that
Obedience gives way to a fruit-filled life.
Do you have faith like a mustard seed?
No? You see…
Even when showing kindness to others causes you pain, you are
Sharing in the
Sufferings of Christ.

For by His stripes your hurt will be healed,
And
It will give way
To His goodness spilled out as blessings in your life.
He will pour them out from the
Fullness of His love for you.
Understand that He does not give as the world gives.
Love in His form does not always bring happiness.
Never did He promise you a trouble-free life or
Exemption from
Suffering.
So why believe then? “What’s in it for me,” you ask?

Growth—the spiritual kind.
Energy—the lasting kind.
Not only those, but also
Truth and
Love—the faithful kind.
Endurance and
Never
Ending
Strength--the
Supernatural kind.

So let His gentleness be
Evident to all by
Living this
Fruit-filled, Holy Spirit-filled life.

-- ONLY HE CAN GIVE YOU THE SELF-CONTROL TO BEHAVE THIS WAY.

Can I share something else? If you love God with all your heart, then
Obey Him. Don’t just say that you love Him.
No one will believe you love Him if you don’t show His love to others.
Take a moment to pray on this living, active Word from Him.
Repent if need be. Then respond by
Offering your body as a living sacrifice.
Let the Fruit of the Spirit be a verb in you.

Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

”And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…”


***The Fruit of the Spirit passage is found in Galatians 5:22-23


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Adapted from the following NIV Scriptures:
Luke 11:28, 1 John 3:18, Psalm 119:11, Romans 5:8, 1 John 3:16, Matthew 5:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-17, 1 John 5:14, James 2:22, 1 Peter 3:11, Romans 12:20, Psalm 41:1, Romans 8:10-11, Galatians 3:3, Psalm 51:17, Philippians 1:6, 2:13, Psalm 57:1, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 2:13, Philippians 1:11, Matthew 17:20, Romans 8:17-18, Isaiah 53:5, Deuteronomy 28:2, Ephesians 3:18, John 14:27, 16:33, Ephesians 1:19, 3:20, Colossians 1:29, Romans 5:5, Philippians 4:5, John 14:15, 1 John 4:20, Acts 3:19, Romans 12:1


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Tim Pickl02/28/08
WOW! Perfectly on topic. God bless you for toiling and writing this Spiritual, fruitFULL masterpiece: "Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours." --Psalm 128 (NIV) Awesome!
Beth LaBuff 02/28/08
How creative! After seeing the poem I realize how perfect your title is. Your acrostic is so beautifully written. I think you were wise to put the first letters in boldface, making that message the first one you see. You’ve packed a LOT of wisdom in your entry. This line is exceptional, “NO WAY can you produce the practice of patience on your own!” I appreciated the way you put the “dash” in self-control with its own message. Extremely good work on this!
Sherry Castelluccio 02/28/08
This is just amazing. You obviously worked very hard on this and the creativity is outstanding. I am beyond impressed. Well done.
Kristen Hester02/28/08
This is so clever. Your message really seems annointed. I especially liked the "Gentleness" message. I read this twice to make sure I really got the wisdom of it. I'd like a framed version for my office. Bravo!
Joanne Sher 02/29/08
Absolutely exceptional and an excellent hard-hitting message. The format is also extremely effective.
Seema Bagai 03/01/08
Creative and unique. Excellent job in this piece.
Debbie Wistrom03/02/08
If this doesn't take first place I will be shocked and disappointed. Every bit of this was on point and remains a much needed lesson. When the results are in, I'm printing this out.
THANKS.
Jan Ackerson 03/02/08
I was tickled by the fact that each fruit is expounded in the stanza with the acrostic immediately following it--what a clever structure in an extremely well-written entry!
Hanne Moon 03/03/08
Ok - WOW! What an awesome message you've packed in this! This is absolutely great! This is one I'm going to print out to remember. Wonderful job!
Patty Wysong03/03/08
So good!! I love how you packed such a message into this unique package. I love it!! This packs a whallop.
Chely Roach03/03/08
This is wonderful. Absolutely love the title, too.
Jeanie Pinkston03/03/08
WOW--What talent this shows! Others precede me in their admiration, and I "ditto" comments above. This piece is amazing.
Peter Stone03/03/08
Not just creative, but so spot on with the topic and choc full of Biblical truth. The Fruit of the Spirit really is a verb, a 'doing' word. Faith without actions is indeed death.
Pat Guy 03/03/08
THIS is a masterpiece deserving to be framed and displayed.

Awesome Laura! May God bless your talent and heart.
Lynda Schultz 03/03/08
WOW! What else can I say—this is great. I am afraid to even take a guess at how long it took you to put this together.
Celeste Ammirata03/04/08
Wonderful! This must have taken a lot of thought. Very well written. Very creative. And very much on topic.
Joshua Janoski03/04/08
Wow. You have sort of left me speechless with this one. It's AWESOME! I am definitely printing this one out, and it is going on the favorites list. :)
Beckie Stewart03/05/08
What a wonderful way to bring the verse and topic alive. Great challenge.
Leigh MacKelvey03/05/08
Hmmmm, I think I just read a winner! A very, very well-done acrostic. I was impressed to see that the well chosen words were not just chosen to go with the Letter, but really meant something special on their own. Great job!
Laury Hubrich 03/05/08
Wow! Laura -- wow! How powerful! Wonderful! Fantastic! Original!
Laury
Betty Castleberry03/05/08
This is very cleverly done. The topic is presented well, too. Very good work.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/05/08
Often acrostics seem forced--not this one--it's perfect. It is not only outstandingly creative, but it has all the way through wonderful messages. I looks like a winner--hope it will be.
Julie Arduini03/05/08
I can't add anything that hasn't already been said. Wow. This was absolutely anointed and flat our well done. I'm applauding!
Mandy White03/05/08
Unbelievable!
Lyn Churchyard03/05/08
This is unbelievable. You have put so much effort into this. Very, very creative and nailed to topic so well. I can't add anything that others haven't already said. Superb!
Sara Harricharan 03/05/08
Oh this is one of your best yet! I liked the format and especially the line with the underdog! Creative, inspiring and really soul-touching. Great writing, dear friend! ^_^
Catrina Bradley 03/06/08
Congratulations on being Highly Commended, Laura! :)
Sara Harricharan 03/06/08
***Congrats, Laura!*** Way to write! ^_^
Kristen Hester03/06/08
Congratulations on Highly Commended! This was a blessing to me!
Sheri Gordon03/06/08
Congratulations on your highly commended, Laura. This was a very creative piece.
Julie Ruspoli03/06/08
Outstanding!
Peter Stone03/06/08
Congrats on your highly commended!
Joshua Janoski03/06/08
I'm so glad that you at least got a Highly Commended on this one. It's amazing! Congratulations. :)
Lesley-Anne Evans03/31/08
I hear the words of Apostle Paul in your writing here... like the words he wrote to the churches. Your life is literally soaking in the Word of God in order to write this way. You are gifted. You are a provocative and affirming writer. You point me to a life worth living. Blessings to you, dear writer. I will be watching you from now on!

Lesley-Anne