Harvest those seeds

I get a push notification on my phone every day that says:

Your seeds are all ready to be harvested!

Basically I water my “plants” each day to make sure I drink enough water and when they are fully grown plants I can put them in my garden. They produce seeds.

One day I was looking at this pop up differently than normal.

It was like God was telling me, Your seeds are all ready to be harvested.

We all sort of know the basics when it comes to gardening. You get seeds, you put them in soil, and you water them. You might see some small green blades shooting up, then leaves, then all sorts of things. And one day it’s a fully grown plant. And what’s cool about a fully grown plant is..it makes its own seeds.

So today I want you to look at yourself and think, what are your seeds? Gather them up because they are ready to be collected.

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Monday Inspiration 12.15.14

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I think this is actually a great way to live. Let’s stop comparing our situations with other people’s. Ladies, let’s stop envying that girl’s legs or good looks and appreciate your own. Men, let’s stop comparing your career to the careers of your buddies. We need to be focusing on our own mental health, our own self-esteem, and our own unique callings instead of wishing we were someone or somewhere else.

I like the advice found in 1 Corinthians 7 (MSG) which says:

29-31 I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.

In other words live freely and uncomplicated. Keep it simple. Don’t allow what people or the world tells you is important affect you. This world is temporary. Let’s focus on things that actually matter like becoming all that God has created you personally to be.

In Ephesians 2:10 MSG it says:

7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

In other words there isn’t greener grass. God planted us all in His garden through acceptance of His Son and the grass is already green there. We all have favor.

Be content today to fertilize your own grass, to plant the seeds God has given you for your own field. You don’t need to envy anyone else’s.

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Wednesday Inspiration 9.3.14

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When you hear a lie going through your mind, say out loud:

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Satan, you are a liar. I will not receive (or believe) your lie in the Name of Jesus.”

1 John 4:4 “I remind you that it is written, ‘He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world.’ I command you to bow your knee to the Name of Jesus and leave me.”

(Now you have pulled the lie out–just as you pull a weed out of the ground. An empty hole remains where the weed was, and you will need to fill the space you cast the lie out of with Scripture.)

Philippians 4:8 Begin to think on the Word or begin to sing a praise song to God. Make a conscious effort to fill your mind with good, pure, wholesome, and lovely thoughts.

– http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=scriptures_for_a_sound_mind

 

Today is hump day. It’s right in the middle of the week and so I thought this would make the perfect post. Sometimes it can be a struggle to get to the other side of the week or metaphorically to get over a way of thinking or a difficult situation. Even though I am not currently, today, struggling with any particular thought I think it is still a good reminder to be vigilant over your mind and pull out negative weeds so you have healthy mental soil. 

What is a thought that you can remove today? Once you’ve severed the root and turned it over to Jesus what was one verse/truth you planted in it’s place?

 

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Monday Inspiration 8.11.14

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Proverbs 3 MSG:

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.

 

This quote is stunning. So often we feel like when life is unraveling or we are cracking under the pressure that it is a bad thing. We fail to remember that when we are weak we are actually strong. Pain has a funny way of making us feel like our very insides could come out if we cried hard enough, or our heart could explode if we were disappointed one more time. But this is not the case. We need to look at our supposed “destruction” and know it is actually God’s “construction”. We are being transformed. Proverbs 3 reminds me that we need to continually trust God. This isn’t always easy but it’s important to keep in practice. If we listen to God’s voice and turn from our own understanding of what is happening to us the Word promises that “our bodies will glow with health.”

Speak life into your situation today by reminding your soul that what appears to be cracking is actually growing. “To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction”.

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Wednesday Inspiration 8.6.14

 

1 Chronicles 16:8-19(MSG)

8-19 Thank God! Call out his Name!
    Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done!
Sing to him! Play songs for him!
    Broadcast all his wonders!
Revel in his holy Name,
    God-seekers, be jubilant!
Study God and his strength,
    seek his presence day and night;
Remember all the wonders he performed,
    the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth.
Seed of Israel his servant!
    Children of Jacob, his first choice!
He is Godour God;
    wherever you go you come on his judgments and decisions.
He keeps his commitments across thousands
    of generations, the covenant he commanded,
The same one he made with Abraham,
    the very one he swore to Isaac

Today is just a short reflection on the goodness of God and what I aspire to be in my relationship with Him.

1. God has been faithful for thousands of generations. Which is crazy. As humans we accidentally break promises, are forgetful, are selfish, are fickle, etc. And yet God has remained the same. He didn’t get sick of being kind, He didn’t change His mind, He is and was and will forever be the same. We don’t have to worry about Him outgrowing us or leaving us.

2. I aspire to be brave enough/passionate enough to share Jesus..the term “broadcast” is a tall order. I tend to think of broadcast like radio and television. But I googled the term for additional definitions and actually really loved this one: “scatter (seeds) by hand or machine rather than placing in drills or rows.” It immediately brought to mind a very small detail oriented way of planting instead of using machinery or tools that could do it faster. In life–seasons can be slow. But no matter what as we walk through life we are in essence scattering seeds. Picture Hansel and Gretel in the children’s story. They left breadcrumbs to find their way home. Imagine that is what we are doing as Christians in life. We are dropping seeds..so that others see where we are going. 

3. I want to continue to study God day and night. I want to remain fascinated by Him–intrigued to learn more. Sometimes this means I am awoken in the middle of the night. Sometimes this means I blog. But whatever it is, I want to use any opportunity to grow in who I believe God to be–so He can show me who He really is. 

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Wednesday Inspiration 7.9.14

“In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” – James 1:19-21 MSG

I love this verse. I’ve had it in my phone for a few weeks now and just today it spoke to me again. Sometimes it can be hard to flourish. If you imagine yourself to be a flower, you know that it can take the right soil, water, and sun to grow. It can also be hard not to die when people cut you/pluck you/don’t remove the weeds from around you. However this photo reminded me that the most beautiful flower is the one that blooms in adversity, despite all the odds. In that way I want to be reminded that God is our gardener. I might be worried about the garden I am planted in, but never worried about the gardener. He will create a beautiful landscape if we refuse to let the weeds of life consume us. 

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Wednesday Inspiration 5.14.14

The power of your thoughts is something that we don’t always ironically THINK much about. I have a very active imagination. I have internal monologue going a lot of the time. I have an excellent memory. And while those things in and of themselves are not bad, they CAN be. For example it might be beneficial to remember small details for work, or in life, but it could be harmful to remember things that you want to forget about your past but your mind keeps replaying them. Make sense?

The Bible reminds us of this all the time:

1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Philippians 4:8 “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 “The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”

Genesis 3 “The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”

2-3 The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’”

4-5 The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”

6 When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.”

Therefore it is very important to keep your thoughts and mind at bay. It just takes a whisper of doubt, negativity, self-harm, whatever to sow a seed. I pray that we continually clean out our minds with God’s word so only the good soil remains. No more weeds, no more pollution.

Philippians 3 “20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.”

 

 

 

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