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PLANT SEEDS AND GROW

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 thoughts on “PLANT SEEDS AND GROW”

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. “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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. I apply this to life but I get frustrated that it doesn’t always happen – thanks for linking to #sharewithme

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  8. 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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  9. 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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    1. 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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  10. 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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