Good Morning Ladies!
I trust you took Beth's advice and got lots of sleep last night! I'm working on the whole sleep thing. My youngest has finally stopped waking up asking for the pacifier in the middle of the night, so I'm beginning to get better sleep.
This was a great week in God's Word. There were several things that have stuck with me from this week's study, but I can't seem to stop thinking about the whole sow the seed versus eat the seed thing. Beth wrote this, "Sometimes we don't even realize the difference. We'll think we accepted the teaching because we were so moved by it. But you see, the seed of God's Word can fill our stomachs and give us immediate satisfaction and still not produce a harvest--that's when we eat it but don't sow it. many times we apply biblical truth to our theologies without applying it to the actual practicalities of life."
My family attempted a garden for the first time this year. We have fought desperately with the birds and rabbits and bugs. We have yet to harvest anything from the garden. The girls had a blast with planting the seeds and watching the sprouts grow, because they came quickly, well the ones that didn't get eaten by the birds did anyway. But then the hard work of remembering to water the garden every morning and keeping out the pesky weeds and animals set in. It has been difficult to keep up the work when we cannot see the harvest, but we continue to do it because we know that we will harvest something (just not the green beans or peas or cucumbers that the rabbits ate!)
I love Galations 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." I am sooooo tempted to give up on this garden, but then I remember the joy that will come with the harvest. This garden has become my literal reminder this week of figurative seeds that God has been sowing in my life and the future harvest that will come from them. I must not give up! I must not become weary!
In respect to the seeds in the garden and the seeds in the Word, and eating versus sowing the seed, here's our discussion question for this week. Well, it's two-fold, because I like two-fold. I get to learn more about you! Feel free to answer one or the other or both!
1. What is your favorite food to eat that comes from a seed?
2. What scripture seed is God asking you to sow this week?