I Never Thought of Myself as a Farmer.

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Growing up in the country I always loved to play in the dirt. My sister always laughed and said, “You can plant a dead stick and it would grow.” As an adult, I still love to play in the dirt and even have a T-shirt that says so.

There are times though that I get frustrated because I don’t always see the results of my labors. The seed takes too long to sprout or for some reason it just dies in the dirt. Did I do something wrong? Did I not water it enough or did I water it too much drowning what was suppose to produce?

The seed is an interesting little thing. The Lord says that if we have the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. (Matt. 17:20) A mustard seed? Wow, that’s the smallest of small seeds! He also said that the various types of soil we plant seed in also makes a difference. (Matt. 13:1-9) Maybe that’s where I’ve messed up. I’ve been planting my seeds in the wrong kind of soil. Instead of fertile ground I’ve been planting in rocks or hardened ground that won’t grow anything.

But wait, how can I know where the seeds of encouragement, faith, giving God glory is going when the seeds I plant through 2 blogs, 2 Facebook accounts, 2 websites, and 5 books are going?  Is my labor of love going into rocky ground, good soil, or just laying on top of the ground where the sun burns them up? That’s where the frustration comes in!

I think at some time, even if its only a quick thought that darts through our mind, “Is anything I’m writing about having any positive impact on anyone?” gives us a moment of pause. I don’t know about anyone else but there are times that I spend praying and writing and hoping upon hope that what the Lord has led me to say has helped someone else on their journey or led someone to seek Christ with a new and different attitude, or even better yet, led someone to ask Christ into their heart.

I never thought of Christians, and particularly me, as being a farmer. But we are farmers in a Kingdom kind of sense. We share what the Lord has revealed to us. It may be a tiny seed, like the mustard seed. But think about this. Every single thing that is needed to produce fruit is within the confounds of that thin shell within that tiny seed. The root system, the trunk, the leaves, the blossom, and finally the fruit. Everything is there! But a seed will not grow if it is left laying on the shelf. It must be planted to take root.

My frustration comes in not knowing if my seeds are going into furtile ground but as scripture says, I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.…” 1Cor. 3:6-7

I plant the seed and it’s up to Him to grow it.

Little Suzie planted a seed.

She ran into the house,

Filled with glee.

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The days came and went.

Rain,

Sun,

Clouds.

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Years later she

returned home,

And found a tree.

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Blessings to you.

What’s REALLY going on in America?

Here are 2 books I HIGHLY recommend for they tell the truth, using scripture to back up all they say. If you never read anything else I suggest reading, praying, and looking to the Lord for how we can repent.

Both are available at: http://www.amazon.com

51eYqy+cwPL._AA160_ 9-11 was a travesty but you’ll be shocked at how much more there is to it. A must read by every Christian and non-believer.

61sBJhXmcSL._AA160_They say, “what goes around, comes around.” What America is facing is self inflicted suicide! A must read.

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Blessings to you.

Bible Emergency Numbers!!

Christ’s line is never busy!

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✝✡Bible Emergency Numbers✡✝

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“My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest

When in sorrow, call John 14
When men fail you, call Psalms 27
When you have sinned, call: Psalms 51
When you worry, call: Matthew 6:19-34
In danger, call: Psalms 91
When God seems far away, call: Psalms 139
When your faith needs stirring, call: Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful, call: Psalms 23
When you grow bitter and critical, call: 1 Corinthians 13
You feel down and out, call: Romans 8:31-39
You want peace and rest, call: Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God, call: Psalms 90
When you want Christian assurance, call: Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel, call: Psalms 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, call: Psalms 67
When you want courage for a task, call: Joshua 1

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A Precious Gift – Testimony

Cyber Support Group

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Written by Mari Levitt-Helms – Angels by Grace Pub. July 2003

Growing up I often heard how selfish I was, most often when I was depressed. To an extent I will agree with depression being a little self-centered. How could it not be when you are caught in your own black hole of despair and hopelessness?

Early in my life I started going to counseling and at 32 I’m still going. Just last week I was caught in a black hole of hopelessness about the amount of time that I’ve spent in counseling – more than half my life. Then it was brought to my attention that my journey in recovery is a gift I give my husband, my daughter, and myself.

In all honesty my progress in therapy prior to Christian counseling was mediocre at best. When I accepted Christ and invited Him into my heart, life and recovery-I…

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Help is Available – A Testimony

Cyber Support Group

Written by Ann – Angels by Grace Pub. Feb. 1998

In my work as a counselor I have had the opportunity to work with many young people and their parents. Unfortunately, in my role I have also witnessed many children living in abusive or impoverished homes.

Some children have had to be removed from their own families for various reasons, including sexual abuse, deprivation of basic needs, neglect, severe cigarette burns, and other forms of physical abuse.

In many cases, sadly, the abuse took place by a biological parent or relative. It is not uncommon for the child to remain a victim into adulthood because his/her primary care-givers do not support her not take measures to ensure that these occurrences do not continue.

Care-givers can also have their own prior mistreatment that they have not dealt with. Fear, lack of compassion, lack of appropriate parenting skills, can also be a…

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My God Box

This goes along with my previous post, “What Size Box do you Have God in?” (Jan 20, 2015)

Isaiah 43:1

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I have put God in a box; I put limits on Him, on His power and His goodness.

But I think everyone has God in a box. It’s not necessarily on purpose or out of pride, but because our human minds cannot even begin to contemplate the unfathomable existence of God.

It bothers me a little when people say their reason for not believing in God is because He seems contradictory to them. The argument that God can’t be good and allow suffering at the same time is backed up with the statement, “I just can’t reconcile these two traits in my mind.”

Another argument is how a loving God can send people to hell. I know this pain acutely; three of my favorite people in the world do not know the Lord, as well as many of my own flesh and blood family members.

Does that mean God isn’t…

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