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from good seed to harvest

29 Apr

Thank you for your comments concerning cultivating  good seed, uprooting bad seed, and all of your words of wisdom surrounding this topic.

I can remember my first garden. I would start early to avoid the heat of the day.  I learned many lessons about life, simply by watching my garden grow.

Always plant with expectation – Have Faith!
Each time I planted seeds, I expected them to grow.  It never occurred to me that they wouldn’t flourish.  I was confident that if I planted seeds and cared for them as instructed, my garden would soon blossom.  Likewise, when we plant seeds within our families, our community, our businesses and so on, we must have faith that our good seeds will take root and grow to maturity.

Do something
Faith without works is dead… James 2:17

We must first plant our seeds before we can expect them to grow.  After they are planted, we must water them, fertilize them and be patient.  Even if they do not grow as quickly as we think they should, we must continue to cultivate the seeds we have planted.  When it is time and conditions are right for them to breakthrough, they will.

Timing is everything
To everything there is a season…Ecclesiastes 3:1

Different seeds must be planted at different times, for example, the best time to plant tulip bulbs is from September to November. Daisy seeds, on the other hand need to be sowed in the spring when the threat of frost has passed.  In either case, planting seeds at the right time is a critical part of their growth process. We must also harvest when our garden is ready and not before. Remember, there is a time to plant and a time to harvest, and if we are prayerful, watchful, teachable, and patient, we will be able to discern these seasons.

Don’t allow weeds to grow in your garden
Weeds seem to show up from nowhere.  One day you are admiring your lovely garden and the next, weeds appear to be everywhere.  If you remove them when they first begin to grow, they are easy to pull up.  If you wait, the roots of some weeds entangle themselves with your plants and become a challenge to get rid of.  Isn’t that a little like life? You can be experiencing an absolutely perfect day, then one little phone call can reek havoc. Difficult circumstances seem to show up from nowhere. We must attend to them quickly and prayerfully so they will not root themselves in our lives.

What does all of this have to do with life?
The lessons I learned while watching my garden grow is an illustration of life’s garden. It taught me to plant good seeds in life, have faith that they will grow, put my faith in action, cultivate and protect the seeds I plant with prayer, prepare for abundance, and enjoy the harvest with family, friends and community.

I’ve only touched on a portion of this topic.  Please comment and share some of your wisdom about sowing and reaping.

planting good seed to harvest…

22 Apr

planting good seedsIt’s amazing how the sowing and reaping process works.  We have the ability to sow seeds in our lives, as well as the lives we touch–and we will always harvest exactly what we sow. Generally speaking, each seed has the ability to produce in abundance therefore we will also harvest more than we planted.  So the question becomes, what are we planting?  Are we conscientious about the seeds we plant?  Everyday whether we are aware of it or not, we are shaping our futures simply by the seeds we sow.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11 KJV

This is a principle that was established in the beginning and is true, not only for plants, but for us too.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7 NLT

Actually, this is great news because it means that just as a gardener can make choices about what plants to grow in his/her beautiful garden, so can we. So I will ask again, how do we each envision our garden and what seeds are we planting to receive our desired harvest?

I will continue this topic next week. But for today, I just wanted to remind us all to plant good seed.