Sunday, March 23, 2014

Growing a Crop of Love: SOW



SOW


Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. – Galatians 6:7


Seeds are fascinating. They lie dormant until their appointed time. Inside the tiny shell is everything the seed needs to thrive and produce a fragrant explosion of beauty and bountiful harvest. 

The seed stores the blueprint to construct the mature plant. Who I am and how I act in front of them will transfer to my children. The make-up of the seed comes from my life. What I sow in my children is what I will harvest.

I appreciate this truth, and yet, it makes me want to run away and hide. 

Consider what we might sow as mothers: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, mercy, compassion, hard work, contentment, thankfulness, generosity, respect, humility, hope, courage, faithfulness, purity, perseverance, honesty, and prayerfulness.





This is no small task. More often, I wonder how I am to get beyond meeting the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, and education. Left alone, I want justice not mercy. I complain and grumble instead of seek contentment and thankfulness. I lean toward anxiety or fear instead of trust in God. 

The good news is I am not left alone. I have the same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead to guide me in how to live. 

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

As I study the life of Jesus, I see the radiance of God’s glory. Jesus is the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3).  When I embody Jesus as the way to reunion and communion with God and also the truth to live by, I produce in my life a harvest of love (John 14:6).

Who I become by studying and doing the scriptures produces in me juicy fruit with seeds to plant in the garden of my family. 

It begins with me. It begins with you. Who will you emulate? What truth will you live by? 


TAKE ACTION

Go off to a quiet place to consider the following questions.

Who am I?
What do I think about who God is? 
Who do I try to emulate?
What truth do I align my life to?
How do I treat people? 
Where do I receive salvation? 

PRAY

Lord of heaven and earth, show me what I reap. Expose the harvest I produce so that I might return to you and seek you with all my mind and with all my soul and with all my strength. 


HANDS ON ACTIVITIES


  • Activity for Mommy: Seeds today have been genetically modified. We have no true understanding of the ramifications of eating vegetables and fruit that have had their DNA modified. The same can be said of the truth we live by. Some modified truth has hidden damage to our families and communities. Go to the store and see if you are able to identify which seed packets are pure. Can you identify beauty and goodness in people? Consider what truth are they aligned to? 
  • Mommy & Me Activity:  Take your child to the gardening store. Look at the many varieties of beans. Show them that virtues such as kindness and integrity may look different depending of the circumstance but each is a harvest of love. 






Grace and Peace to you, Edy






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