The Times, They Are A-Changin’

I witnessed another amazing miracle of nature last week and again it was right in my own backyard. If you’ve been blogging with me, you remember the fawn that was born under our deck and the huge toad on our patio that the grandkids named Katherine?

Well I think this latest discovery takes the cake.

This summer the grandkids and I have enjoyed one day a week together at Camp Num Num. (Their nickname for me.) On the last day of Camp Num Num we were walking past a tree in our backyard when I spotted a large brown, crusty bug camouflaged on the tree bark. (See photo) I pointed it out to the “campers” who were mildly interested but much more focused on the marshmallows we were going to roast on the stove. So we moved on.

A few hours later as we were making our way back from our adventures in the wild at the Chocolate Factory (Notice there is slot of sugar at Camp Num Num?) when I happened to glance at the same tree and there was the miracle! (See title photo)

We witnessed the birth of an adult cicada. But to me it signaled so much more.

A do-over. Have you ever wanted a life do-over? Another chance to shed your old, crusty, cumbersome habits and ways of living life and bring on a transformation that allows newness and a beauty to emerge for all the world to see?

With the isolation brought on by the pandemic, we have been given sacred time to look within. Changes are happening. Our priorities are shifting. We are letting go of control. Our hearts are growing in compassion. Our souls are opening to a bigger picture and a higher power.

There is so much potential for growth during this time of quiet, this time the Creator is giving us to transform within.

Firstfruits has also undergone a quiet transformation through this time. A beautiful newness of purpose and focus has emerged as a result. We want to be there to walk with you through the transformations.

Starting this fall Firstfruits is dedicated to helping women on their unique paths to a lived and meaningful faith life.

Our programming is formatted into three tracts: Awaken, Deepen, and Expand, depending on what you are looking for at this time. And if you’re not sure what you are looking for we have Spiritual Sponsors available to help you discern what your next right step might be.

Details on our new structure, programming, and registration will be on our website by the first week in September. Visit us at All our offerings will be done via Zoom until January. We also have scheduled many of our classes with both day and evening time slots.

We will commit to providing you with experiential opportunities to awaken, deepen, and expand your faith. Will you commit to curiosity and an openness of mind and heart? Then the Holy Spirit will show up and do the rest.

Imagine the beautiful creation that will emerge!


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 book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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