Spring is in full bloom in Sonoma County; and as I look around the vineyards I can see some connections, and thus, the name of my new blog: Graftings. I was born and raised in Southern California --a beach girl wannabe. Fifteen years ago I was "transplanted" to the wine country of Northern California. We put down roots here among family and remain. It's beautiful here. I love it. I love the weather and the seasons changing. I love being near my mom and brothers. I love the church family that God has so dearly blessed me with, and the friends that have become so important in my life. But every time we go south (Which is quite often since my son is now in college down there) my kids ask me to remind them again of why we ever left so cal. They miss the excitement, the great food, the malls. I miss the beach most of all. Still this is home. We've been transplanted. The roots run deep.
I know that God has us here for a reason. I have seen my faith grow and develop since coming here, and consequently that has been passed to my immediate as well as extended family. God is pruning and shaping us all. I appreciate Him as the master gardener. We have been grafted to His rootstock. Jesus says, "I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing." John 15:5 I know this to be true. What is the purpose of the branch? ...To bear fruit. Galations 5:22- The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. We are to bear this fruit. We are to turn hearts toward our maker. We are to turn hearts toward home. Yes, I may have a longing for the beach. I may feel at home there. But I have been transplanted; grafted over. My temporary home is here, In Windsor, Sonoma County, Northern California, United States of America, this Earth. My true home is in heaven for eternity with my creator God. I have a little card in my studio where Mary Engelbreit states it well, "Bloom where you are planted!" Are you blooming? Where is the fruit? I challenge you today to plant some peace; pick some joy.