31 Ways to Grow Your Family’s Faith Through a Farmer’s Market
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Summer. Life moves slower, time is more plentiful, and the days never seem to end. Summer is the perfect time to be intentional in building faith and in building relationships while having some fun, too.
I hope you have access to a nice farmer’s market nearby. They are a great opportunity to get fresh, local produce, but they can also provide a way to build your family’s faith in a whole new way. Even if you don’t have an actual farmer’s market, hopefully you can find a roadside stand or maybe some sort of market where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. If not, take a stroll through the produce section of your local supermarket.
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Spend some time looking at all the different fruits and vegetables. Do you ever take the time to really look at all the variation that God created when he gave us these things to eat? Especially at an outdoor market, these things can be so beautiful. Marvel at the green of beans, lettuce, and cucumbers while contrasting that with the deep reds of tomatoes and strawberries.
When you get back home, grab your Bible and read Matthew 7:17, which says, “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”
Spend some time talking with your kids about what Jesus meant when he talked of a tree that bears good fruit and a tree that bears bad fruit. Give your children examples of good fruits like kindness, compassion, and selflessness while things like greed, selfishness, and laziness are bad fruits. When our hearts are filled with “badness,” we will only be able to bear bad fruit, however, if we are filled with the things of God, we will bear good fruit. We can be as beautiful, vibrant, and colorful as the fruit at the farmer’s market by the way we treat ourselves and those around us.
Close your time in prayer, thanking God for the beauty of the fruits and vegetables that you saw today. Thank Him for food that nourishes our bodies and the words found in our Bible that nourishes our heart and soul. Thank Him for family, fun, and faith in knowing that we are in His care.