Category Archives: growth

Parables of the Cross

It is in the stages of a plant’s growth, its budding and blossoming and seed-bearing that this lesson has come to me:  the lesson of death in its delivering power.  It has come as no mere far-fetched imagery, but as … Continue reading

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His Workmanship

“God builds up a shrine within us of His workmanship, from the day in which Jesus was received.  The seed-vessel is its picture.  With the old nature He can have nothing to do except to deliver it to death:  no … Continue reading

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The Poetry of God’s Ways

All that outworking of His Grace has come so silently – “not with observation” – like His work in all growth around – so that one can hardly tell when or how the expansion has come.   9 March 23 “All that … Continue reading

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Seed Sowing

“. . . & so the seed scatters, & we know not which shall prosper, like the seed sowing that is going on before our eyes on every hillside.”   Journal 1894 Seed.  November 20, 1894.  Lilias and her colleague, Blanche … Continue reading

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August Oranges

All little miniature beginnings but all “beautiful in their time,” like the dark green August oranges in the court below.  The fact that they have got thus far into being is more than a promise.  Like all the promises of … Continue reading

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Lilias’s Legacy

“It is when the death of winter has done its work that the sun can draw out in each plant its own individuality, and make its existence full and fragrant.  Spiritual growth means something more than the sweeping away of … Continue reading

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Beauty on the Wing

“A flower that stops short at its flowering misses its purpose.  We were created for more than our own spiritual development; reproduction, not mere development, is the goal of matured being – reproduction in other lives.”     Parables of … Continue reading

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