Faith’s Journey: From Seed to Shoot to Fruit

I. From Seed to Shoot to Fruit

Faith starts out as a seed that stretches to become a shoot.

That shoot is destined to eventually develop fruit.


Along the way faith learns to speak. It shall not remain mute,

Provided it receives good care and doesn’t “get the boot.”


Sometimes when Jesus puts a seed of faith in someone’s hand,

That person sees hard ground and simply cannot understand


How best to help that seed grow up into a miracle.

Faith is a substance which contains amazing potential


But if you wrap it up in rags of your own righteousness

Then you will surely find yourself engulfed by fierce distress.


For, like a buried talent, that poor seed of faith can’t grow

Through your own sin-stained toil. You must let God help you sow


The faith that works through love, made possible through his shed blood,

A perfect sacrifice for sin. Receive the cleansing flood!


Remember: Those who grew their talents did it through a trade,

Replacing their despair with joy for which their Savior paid.


His grace given so freely is the soil that will nourish.

Through the power of His Spirit, He enables faith to flourish.

II. Faith Produces Fruit Through Love

“For verily I say unto you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Miracles are a fruit of faith, but faith starts as a seed. The important thing here, however, isn’t the seed itself. It’s the  soil in which the seed is planted.

“But that (seed, of faith) on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” – Luke 8:15

So then, must we strain to bring forth fruit?

“Faith . . . works by love.” – Galatians 5:6

“God is love.” – I John 4:8

“Love (charity). . . believes all things. . .” – I Corinthians 13:1-7

“I (Jesus) am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.”

“Looking to Jesus,  the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

“You shall know them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16






Great SEO, But No One Reads My Post

Great SEO, but no one reads my post.

So, what went wrong?

I made all the corrections

They said would make my writing strong.

But my Search Engine Optimization didn’t bring the web traffic along.


I put in the right amount of tags

And categories too.

I crunched the numbers perfectly:

Not too many, not too few.


Yet, obviously my post was not

Among the chosen few

That get more than two hits at that.

Tell me, what did I do?


Did I make my poetry too long?

Were my search terms not “all that”?

Do I want too much recognition,

And does someone smell a rat?


To covet fame or glory

Does not behoove one such as I,

Who has pledged to honor Christ

And on His strength I do rely.


Yet I believe my SEO

Has somehow lied to me,

Leading me to think that

Perfect writing is the key


To getting readers for my posts.

I think there must be more,

Something that I have not been told

But I should not ignore.


For it doesn’t seem to make my page views

Go up much if at all.

To see my site’s statistics

Makes me feel rather small.


Perhaps there’s just too many people

Trying to be heard

On social media’s many sites.

Each wants to share a word.


They do their SEO research

And yet their posts don’t fly.

Perhaps a flaw lies in the system

On which they do rely.


For programs don’t do miracles,

But what’s impossible with man

Is possible with God.

To trust in Him is my best plan.