Published June 13, 2017

Shelia Shares
"Sweet Potato Inspiration"

"Sweet potatoes aren't started by seed like most other vegetables, they're started from slips. Slips are shoots that are grown from a mature sweet potato. You can order slips from a mail order or internet catalog or you can start slips from a sweet potato you bought at the store or one from your garden.

"To start your slips, you need several healthy, clean sweet potatoes. Each sweet potato can produce up to 50 slip sprouts. To create sprouts, carefully wash your potatoes and cut them either in half or in large sections. Place each section in a jar or glass of water with half of the potato below the water and half above. Use toothpicks to hold the potato in place.

"The slips need warmth, so put them on a window ledge or on top of a radiator. In a few weeks your potatoes will be covered with leafy sprouts on top and roots on the bottom."*

Well, that's what the experts say.

This year, I decided I wanted to grow sweet potatoes. They taste good and, after all, how difficult can it be?

For the past few weeks I've had some sweet potatoes in water in containers in our house. But, so far, I am not getting the sprouts I need for planting. Nothing.

There are several problems for this inexperienced gardener. But, one of the problems is that the water in my containers keeps evaporating. Almost daily I need to add water once again. Some days I forget.

Hmmm... Actually, come to think of it, our spiritual lives aren't so different.

The Holy Spirit wants to fill us. He wants to be our comforter. He wants to give us peace. He wants to be our counselor. He wants to help us pray, when we can't find the words. He wants to draw us to God. He wants to draw us back to Himself when we've gone away. He wants to offer us the words when we need to witness for Jesus.

As Christians, He lives within us and fills us. But, if we don't continue close to God, we can lose that strong infilling. It is like the filling evaporates. The Spirit takes a back seat, hardly noticeable with all the other "important" things in our lives.

It is only through daily prayer and Bible reading and living in the Spirit that we keep the filling fresh and full.

We read in Luke 4:1, "Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." If it was important to Jesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit so He could resist Satan, how much more it is important for us to continue being filled with the Spirit.

In fact, we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 reads, "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit."

It is not really essential that I get slips to grow sweet potatoes. However, if I want to live a joyful, full life and to share Jesus with others, being filled with the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

Are you filled with the Spirit? Has there been any "quiet evaporation?" What do you need to do to be filled to overflowing? Do it.

- Shelia

*Information taken from this source.

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