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.
As 2014 winds down people do one of two things. They either mourn what they didn’t accomplish in the past year or strive for better in the coming year without being grateful for the small things they already have. We have all been guilty of one or both of these things. Regardless of which side you find yourself on, it is important to be thankful no matter what and to nourish what you already have. Two verses that stick out to me are:
1 Peter 5:6 MSG “Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you”
Ephesians 5:20 MSG “Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.”
Those two verses remind me that God cares for me. He sent Christ to die for me. Because of all this–I should be living freely. I shouldn’t allow the things of the world to weigh me down. If God is careful with me, I do not need to worry. This simple verse is a great reminder and a good “workout” to build your spiritual body and make sure you are strong. Also, I need to have a singing soul. I am allowed to be grateful for small things; i.e. a sunny day, my warm feet in a new pair of socks, a pretty flower, anything. God is in all things and should be praised for all things whether big or small. By nourishing what we already see and have we satisfy our hunger for more. By being grateful we do not need to be jealous or strive for more. We are content no matter what but expectant that God, being who He is, will provide more when the time comes.
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I think sometimes it can be difficult to wait. Granted I am so in love with my job and God and am grateful for all of that but other times you can focus on what other people are being gifted with and wonder when it will be your turn. I had this feeling the other day regarding my singleness. I haven’t decided if this particular situation is worth blogging about but long story short I was made aware of someone’s unwarranted motives and advances. I don’t consider myself naive but I definitely didn’t see this situation coming and it left me feeling, honestly, gross. And disappointed. Like, why is it always the strange ones? Why is it never someone who has pure motives and a good heart instead of the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” types?
I like this photo because it reminds us all that we have been gifted through Christ. God has gifted us with salvation, God has gifted us with our lives and talents, God has gifted us with our dreams, and unfortunately we want to be children on Christmas morning ripping open package after package and seeing everything at once and that’s not really how God’s timing works.
Colossians 2:6-7 MSG:
My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.
Psalm 42: 11 MSG:
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.
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