We’ve been outside rebuilding and planting our vegetable garden today, and we have a mulberry tree right in the middle of our planters. We planted this tree 5 years ago and it had never produced a single mulberry.

Last year my husband said, “That’s it, this tree is going!” I convinced him to give it another season. We pruned it back heavily and I was determined to see mulberries this season so I read up on the best fertiliser for it and how to get it to grow fruit. I grew up on a farm and we had 3 huge mulberry trees that were alway loaded with fruit. I dug around the root base and loaded it up with fertiliser.

Today while we were gardening my husband said, “Right, it’s time for that tree to go. We can fit another planter box in the garden if we get rid of it.” I looked up…and saw FRUIT!

This story reminded me of the parable of the Barren Fig Tree in Luke 13:6-9  And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. “And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ “And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”

We all need a good pruning and fertilising to help us produce good things in life. Cut the things off that are not helping you reach your potential (junk processed food, negative thinking, busy for the sake of being busy, etc) and fertilise yourself with good wholesome real food, drink loads of water and get out in the sunshine. You WILL grow and reach your full potential.

Be blessed, be fruitful

Jess xx


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