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PLANT SEEDS AND GROW

13 May

Every day we make plans and choices.   We are planting seeds as we make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, what we are going to eat, where we are going to go, what words will come out of our mouth, etc..

How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and we experience  the greatest blessing of our lives.

Ever heard the term “you reap what you sow”?  I’ve been in a study this week called 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.   One of the things that Nicki Koziarz emphasized in Chapter 7 is that “she gives others what she needs.”  Instead of giving others a piece of our mind, we plant seeds of “emotional generosity”, we give them kind words instead of what we think they deserve.  When we respond with love, God can do a BIG thing in their lives and ours.  Have you ever been there where you had to extend “emotional generosity”?

Plant seeds today.  God makes them grow.  His plan, not ours.  His instruments, not Satan’s.  What is His assignment for you TODAY?  His assignment today may be nothing more than being reverent to Him when we are washing clothes, studying, working, driving to and from work and whatever we are doing.  Our reverence for Him should guide us each day in planting seeds as we prioritize our to-do lists and spend time with Him.  His assignment might be responding in love when you really want to lash out.

Here are some simple ways you can plant seeds and watch others grow today:

  • Send a text or email to let someone know you are thinking of them.
  • Visit someone in  the nursing home or a hospital or even a neighbor who is shut-in.
  • Call someone on the phone.
  • Carry a meal to someone who needs it.
  • Offer to keep someone’s children so they can go out and enjoy some time with their husband.
  • Let someone go ahead of you that seems in a hurry at the check-out line.
  • Respond in love to someone who offends you today in word or cutting you off on the highway.
  • Tell someone you love them.

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Go plant those seeds or water some that have already been planted.

Being emotionally generous will bring out the best in me and you as children of God.

May we be known for the seeds we plant at home and away from home.

LET’S PLANT!

Joining Kate Matoung and the Five-Minute Friday girls today.  The word is GROW!  Come join us.

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50 Responses to “PLANT SEEDS AND GROW”

  1. Gabriele May 13, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    I love the words “emotionally generous”. How lovely. I have been reading a book abut compassion and it is opening my heart more and more to loving kindness. It matches with your theme. Congratulations on 47 years of marriage!! My husband and I have been married for 42 years. Quite a feat.

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

      Thanks Gabriele and congratulations on 42 years.

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  2. Leigh May 13, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    This is so helpful and practical! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Nikki May 13, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    I really like the term emotional generosity. It really makes you stop and think.

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  4. JoDitt May 14, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Seems like everywhere I look the last few days, I see or read something about “planting” or “sowing”. I think God is trying to tell me something. 🙂 I enjoyed your list of specific ways we can sow kindness. I’m going to focus on what seeds I am planting today.
    Blessings to you. 🙂

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  5. lynnjsimpson May 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Sometimes if you only have a smile to give, it is all that other one needs. No emotionally gesture is too small!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

      It’s true Lynn – smile and the world smiles with you.

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  6. Michele Morin May 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Debbie, this is so helpful, not just in theory, but in practical, real-life application. Thank you!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

      Thank you Michele.

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  7. Christina Morley May 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi Debbie! I’m visiting from the Literacy Musing Mondays. I love your illustrated Bible verse. The topic is similar to what I shared with my Sunday School class yesterday. I’m now following on Twitter. Be blessed!

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    • Blogger Loves The King December 16, 2016 at 9:38 am #

      Thank you so much Christina1

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  8. shannongeurin May 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    Debbie- such great reminders here to plant those seeds! Thank you for the encouragement!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

      Thank you Shannon.

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  9. beckielindsey May 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Hi there! Your blog caught my attention on Literacy Musing Monday. We had a similar theme 🙂 What a wonderful and hopeful post! beckielindsey16.com

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  10. Lisa notes... May 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    “Instead of giving others a piece of our mind, we plant seeds of “emotional generosity”, we give them kind words instead of what we think they deserve.” I love this term of emotional generosity! May we all be extra generous today in every way. Thanks for sharing this, Debbie.

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

      Thank you Lisa. May we all continue to be extra generous every day.

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  11. Lisa Ehrman (@Lasehrman) May 16, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this encouraging post today 🙂

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    • bloggerlovestheking May 16, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

      Thank you Lisa.

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  12. sizzlesue15 May 17, 2016 at 1:52 am #

    What a beautiful post and I love the suggestions for planting seeds. Thank you for sharing with us at Over the Moon and reminding us to plant some seeds of love and friendship.

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Thank you Sue. I love visiting Over The Moon.

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  13. theblessedbackyard May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    Great advice and so true. I love the practical ideas for planting seeds, in your post and in the comments. Another idea is mailing a handwritten card. It’s exciting to get mail besides bills and junk catalogs.

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      It certainly is nice getting snail mail instead of all that junk. Thank you for stopping by. Visiting you now.

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  14. MaryHill May 18, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Really great ideas. I think it is important to take opportunities show others compassion and caring. thanks for sharing.

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    • bloggerlovestheking June 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

      Thanks Mary. I am so behind on responding to my comments.

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  15. Lissette May 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    This is a beautiful reminder to be giving and to put good out there in the world. Thank you so much for sharing with us on the Friday Funday Blog Hop! ❤

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      Thank you Lissette.

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  16. mummyfever May 19, 2016 at 3:51 am #

    I apply this to life but I get frustrated that it doesn’t always happen – thanks for linking to #sharewithme

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    • bloggerlovestheking June 4, 2016 at 1:20 am #

      Thanks for visiting me.

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  17. Cascia Talbert May 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Beautiful reminders! Thanks for linking up for Wordless Wednesday. Have a terrific afternoon!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks Cascia. Enjoy linking up with your party.

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  18. Gayl May 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Love these ideas for “planting seeds!” Thanks for sharing at #LMMLinkup!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks Gayl.

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  19. apoconant May 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks for sharing on Peace Love Link-up! We hope to see you at our next party. It goes live tomorrow at 6 so grab a button and drop off anything else you might be working on! : )

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Thank you.

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  20. Michelle May 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    Emotional generosity – Love it. So many opportunities to grow in these areas. Great ideas in doing so too.

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  21. repurposingjunkie May 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder to plant seeds to help others grow. You just never know what the phone call to a friend or a text to a family member can do in their lives and how God can use it to encourage them. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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  22. bettyl - NZ May 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    Great post, great advice!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks.

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  23. pamecrement May 22, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Excellent words and admonishment! Thanks so much for this post and your reflection on planting seeds. It can be easy to lose track that we are planting daily whether for good or not good.

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      It’s true we can lose track of planting seeds daily.

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  24. April J Harris (@apriljharris) May 23, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    What a lovely, inspiring post! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks April.

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  25. Robbi May 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Love it! It is so important to look for those opportunities that God gives us to minister, to be emotionally generous, those around us. Many Christians today are quick to say that they will pray for you, but putting forth more effort than that, well, they are too busy. Some other ideas….grab a pack a note cards and stamps and spend 3-5 minutes a day writing short encouraging notes to mail. Offer to help a new mom or mom of small or several kids with stuff around the house. Make banana bread or muffins for neighbors. Make welcome baskets for new neighbors. Thanks for linking up at Aprons and Pearls! I hope to see you again tomorrow!

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Robbie you have a whole lot of great ideas. I have made welcome baskets for new neighbors and I made muffins on my birthday and delivered them to a neighbor. I need to do more with cards and snail mail. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Raising Samuels May 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    This is such a great message! They are definitely God’s plans and His timing, but He is so much better at knowing our needs than we are! Thanks for encouraging us all to plant more! I’m glad that you linked up with #SocialButterflySunday! I hope you will join the party again this week 🙂

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 6, 2016 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yes, i will be linking up again.

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  27. swathi May 23, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    Great message thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

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    • bloggerlovestheking May 23, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

      Thank you. Enjoy the link-up at Hearth and Soul.

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  28. Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy May 26, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    What a great message to send. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope that you will continue to share with Charlotte over on Mummy Fever as she takes over Share With Me next week. #sharewithme

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    • bloggerlovestheking August 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks Jenny. I’ve been sharing with Charlotte each week.

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