Archives for May 2015

Planting Seeds or Pulling Weeds?

If your yard is anything like mine, as much as I enjoy the flowers, plants, and green grass, weeds are popping up everywhere. Earlier this spring, I spent so much time planting seeds, bulbs, and bushes. Now that they are growing and the weather is warmer, weeds are inevitable.

It seems I spend much more time now pulling weeds and trying to keep the plants and bushes groomed, fertilized, watered. Caring for a yard and garden takes work.

How about our marriages, our family, our friendships, our coworkers? All those relationships can have weeds of problems grow up in the middle. It takes work to keep the weeds out, to water and fertilize the relationships.  Weeds can be dangerous, stunt growth, and even choke your yard and your relationships.

Telling people about Jesus is different, though. We are to plant seeds about Jesus and His love and salvation.  Pulling those “weeds” of non-believers is God’s job.  We are not to judge.

“Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared…’The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”

‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grown together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters; First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'” –Matthew 13:24-26, 28-30.

As we go about our days, may we tend to the gardens of our hearts with love and tender care, planting, fertilizing, watering, and even pulling weeds of  obstacles out of our relationships.  Keep planting seeds for Jesus, friend. He will harvest them in His time.

PS Congratulations to Joan (ajhjrobert@comcast.net) and Kathy (kmknutson@gmail.com) who were randomly selected from last week’s comments as winners of Lysa TerKeurst’s book What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. May the book strengthen your faith as it has mine. It is so humbling to reach each of your amazing comments from May 19th’s “Finding Faith in the Fog” Proverbs 31 devotional. God is with you.  To God be the Glory!

Reflect:

To whom have you planted seeds about Jesus and His love recently?

How are you tending the gardens of your relationships and your heart?

Renew: 

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

Respond:

What seeds will you plan to plant for Jesus this week?

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Finding Faith in the Fog–Welcome, Friend!

Welcome Encouragement For Today, friend! Happy Transformational Tuesday!  How humbling it is to have you read my first Proverbs 31 Ministries devotional today. If you are joining Pure Inspiration for the first time, it would be so fun to stay connected. Please consider subscribing to my blog by simply adding your email address to the right side of this home page or by clicking here!

In today’s Proverbs 31 devotionFinding Faith in the Fog,  I shared a frightening foggy night last year when I doubted God. Just a couple of hours before I was so sure of God’s presence. Have you ever felt that way?

Foggy times often result in deeper faith.  

Like me, if you’ve ever wondered where to take the next step of faith, reading God’s Word provides the answers. Another encouragement is Lysa TerKeurst’s book, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. I’m giving away two copies to encourage you in your faith.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment sharing one way God has used an experience of your past to draw you closer you to Him, or to equip you to help or comfort others in a unique way that glorifies Him. Winners will be announced and emailed on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. Thank you!

Renew:

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”–Ephesians 1:15 NIV

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The Eyes Have It—Looking Up

Recently I have noticed more and more how those of us shopping in stores, standing in check-out lines, and meandering through airports don’t seem to make eye contact much anymore. We all seem to be looking down at our SmartPhones or talking on them.  I am guilty of it also. Pitiful.

This past weekend I was traveling with my wonderful Mom to visit family in Florida. Mom loves to look people in the eye and smile. I observed her making this sweet effort repeatedly. As we made our way through the airport, to our gate, onto the  airplane, then to our seats, she would smile at anyone who made eye contact with her. When we sat down, she made the comment that hardly anyone seems to look up anymore and notice what’s going on around them. Ouch. It’s so true. I’m often one of them.

Also, any military person or police officer in uniform Mom saw who made eye contact with her, she would thank him for his service to our country. What encouragement. I will do that from now on also. Encouragement was given in that brief moment when eye contact was made.

Who might we give encouragement to by making eye contact? Whose encouragement might we be missing by not making eye contact?  Eye contact equals more acts of kindness.

“My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.” –Psalm 101:6 NIV

Years ago a pastor said he was reading an article while his child was trying to talk with him. Finally this child took her Daddy’s face in her hands and said, “Daddy, please listen with your face.” 

May we all be reminded today to “listen with our face,” to look up, make eye contact, and smile. We may give the only eye contact and smile someone receives all day.

Reflect:

How does this message resonate with you?

Do you want to change any habits?

Renew:

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” –Psalm 119:18 NIV

“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your Word.” –Psalm 119:37 NIV

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” –Matthew 6:22 NIV

Recharge:

How will you change your habits to look up, “listen with your face,” make eye contact and smile at others?

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