Sowing

If you love gardening, you might have some starter plants in your house but surely you have been plotting and planning about what you are hoping to see in your flower or vegetable garden this year! I love having a garden but I don’t love working in it. I am a perennial kind of girl – give me something that does its own thing, independent of me, and it has a much better chance of survival! So, if we have a garden, it is my sweet hubby who makes the plan and tends to it.

There are so many different seeds we sow as our life moves forward. As I think ahead about what kinds of things I want in my life I need to be planting those seeds that will yield me that “crop” now.

Of course, farmers and gardeners know all about this process and the importance of each factor, only some are listed here:

  • Choosing the seed for the desired crop
  • Quality of the seed
  • Preparing the soil
  • Last frost/First frost
  • Soil moisture
  • Weather –sun, wind, and rain
  • Hungry critters (large and small)
  • Timing
  • Harvest

What kind of things do I want in my life in 3, 6, or 9 months from now?

  • Stronger relationships?
  • Better health?
  • More money in my bank account?
  • Improved writing?
  • Precious memories with my family?
  • A deeper walk with God?

This list can go on but each thing requires a certain amount of investment of my time. A gardener is very intentional about the seeds they sow.

We should be too!

What are you hoping to grow this year?

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. [Genesis 1:11-13, NIV]

May God bless your crop!

Liz

PrayerPrompt: PACE

A Time to Scatter Stones

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Clean air in the Bükk Mountains in Hungary

A Time for Everything 
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NIV

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.


Apparently I am in a season of life where there is a lot of traveling. I enjoy it, most of the time. It is definitely different and sometimes I feel scattered. Sometimes I am scattered because the trips are back-to-back and I am bound to forget something.

Scatter(ed) can certainly be a state of being, but it can also be a state of doing.

Are you actively dispersing things as you travel through life? It might be physical things, of course, but it can also be thoughts or ideas or faith or encouragement or courage or love or a smile. If you are out there, sharing with the world, have you considered that your contributions might be neutral yet are more likely negative or positive?

Sometimes I am super grumpy or overtired or guilty. Unfortunately, those are not generally the moments when I am “feeling the love” so I scatter seeds of negativity. If I am in a really bad space, I not only embrace my own habitual skepticism, I give it away to everyone I come in contact with whether I know them or not. Those seeds can land on fertile soil and become a nasty weed, seemingly overnight. Like a virus, it can quickly pass from person to person until the space where I am (and the trail from whence I came) is littered with negativity.

When I am in a good space, I can be reckless with my giving. I share without reservation. I am patient and can hear and see and feel and can give all day long, fueled by a grateful heart. I am full of love and grace and peace. Those things can also be quickly passed along and affect those all around me.

Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. [Luke 6:44-46 NIV]

It is important to think about those things you are storing up in your heart because those concepts will come out in the way of words and actions; it will be what you scatter! Breathe in the good and exhale it. If you intake bad, interrupt the cycle by putting out good.

You might find you need to go into a place where the air is pure, particularly with all the toxicity in the world today. It’s true, there is nothing new under the sun but the rate negativity can be spread is astounding.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. [Philippians 4:8 NIV]

Our focus fills our heart and then comes out of our mouths and through the work of our hands.

On the way,

Liz