Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Ponder  This

Firstfruits Reflection Series

Don’t you just love those moments in life when the lightbulb goes on? Those times when something hidden becomes apparent? Confusion gives way to clarity.

Advertisers use that tactic often to get our attention and get us thinking about their product. They catch our attention and their message stays with us.

Jesus used the same method in his teaching.

He often used parables to cause people to experience that kind of moment. Parables were stories using familiar subjects and everyday symbols to point to a deeper truth. Jesus’ parables often included familiar symbols of the time such as bread, wine, and sheep!

The parables centered on familiar activities of the day – fishing, farming, and herding. This made it easy to relate to; therefore, more likely to be remembered.

In order to understand the deeper meaning in the parables, you have to ponder them for awhile.

Ponder This reflections are like modern day parables.

They are  stories using familiar subjects and everyday symbols to point to a deeper truth. Ponder This does just that – causes you to ponder! Hopefully, as a result of that pondering, you will experience a “lightbulb”  moment.

Ponder This reflections are like modern day parables.

They are  stories using familiar subjects and everyday symbols to point to a deeper truth. Ponder This does just that – causes you to ponder! Hopefully, as a result of that pondering, you will experience a “lightbulb”  moment.

A moment when the power of God’s Word and the truth of his promises catches your attention like never before and stays with you for a lifetime.

Finding the Extraordinary in Everyday Life

Do you see a fence here or something extraordinary?

Ponder This and Find Out More

How did the center of a kiwi became the Firstfruits logo?

Ponder This and Find Out More

Between your visits to Firstfruits, we hope you will visit Ponder This.

Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This segments feature modern-day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use all of the Firstfruits website resources for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God’s loving care for you.

A new Ponder This reflection will be posted each week. Each reflection includes an audio and written version of the story, along with supporting scripture verses and discussion questions to help you relate your life experiences to the theme of the story.

Ready, Set, Let’s Ponder This…..

  • Staying Too Close to Where You Got In

    It was bedtime for little Danny. Danny’s mom hoisted him into bed, said a prayer, kissed him on his sweaty six year old forehead and tiptoed out of the room.

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Did you ever stop and think about the similarities between the Wizard of Oz story and Christian discipleship? Look, – an unfulfilled farm girl is looking

  • Going Where Your Feet Don’t Touch The Bottom

    Snorkeling in Hawaii. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? I was on the vacation of a lifetime. Everyone else was going snorkeling, so I said: “What the heck.” W