Monday, September 24, 2007

Fields of The Fatherless Book Club- Chapter 4

Seeds of Hope
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Chapter 4 of this book is all about getting started.
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So many of us feel overwhelmed by the task in front of us. What we don't get is that we only need to start with planting seeds.
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Here is a verse I greatly appreciate on the subject
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Galations 6:1-7
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Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out.
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Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
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Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
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Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.
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Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God.
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What a person plants, he will harvest.
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The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
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So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
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Wow. Kick myself in the tush with this one. I am the QUEEN of selfish. Just look at my last post. I want to adopt a baby that desperately needs a home but then I can't sleep in on Saturday. WAAAAHHHH! Cry me a big fat RIVER! Yikes. Boy howdy am I pathetic. Excuse me while I go repent! :0)
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God asks us to sew those seeds of faith when we can't see what good it will do. He wants us to plant those seeds when we feel overwhelmed by it. That is the essence of seeds isn't it? They don't look like much but grow into something powerful and beautiful.
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If we have the courage to plant a tiny seed of faith God can make us so much more than we imagined. We may think... I don't have the guts to become some great missionary or pastor. What good does my little mission trip to Africa do? What will my $25 do? What is the point?
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Here is what the bible says...
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Mathew 17:20
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....you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
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God can take your little mission trip and plant a fire in your heart. The power is in what God can change in us when we plant a seed.
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He can take one small act of obedience and make it something huge. Our seeds don't just grow into one plant. The seeds we plant grow and flourish. Our seeds become plants with their own seeds. Soon before our very eyes our little seed of faith grows into something much larger than us.
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I promise you friend that you will be amazed at your life if you will begin to plant. God can take your $25 and use it to help a widow support her 5 children. He can turn your world upside down when you visit an orphan in Ethiopia. He will use you to be far beyond what you ever dreamed possible. It will shake you and terrify you. You will second guess yourself and wonder what you have done.
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Then you will turn and see what God has done through your life. As tears come to your eyes all you will be able to do is shake your head and say...Thank you.
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In those moments you will know that everything you did before you began planting those seeds of faith was vapor- just vapor.
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Planting seeds is what it's all about. It will take you away from yourself and will change the core of who you are. You will become powerful. You will move mountains. You will.





Love, Angel

What is the seed you KNOW you need to plant?

I guess we all know mine. Just read my last pathetic entry. Hee hee. OK God. I hear ya already!!! I'm ready to plant again. Thanks for all your encouragement blogger buddies. :0)

3 comments:

Diane Larson said...

Just a quick thank you for recommending this book. I read a quote from it at our women's study today.(p.110-112) From ch. 4 I love the bottom of p.88 We have the ability to change someone's day, maybe even their life. And the suggestions for things to do are awesome. Keep up the great work. Diane, larsonquest.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

HI Angle it's me testing..

amber said...

I love the concept of being able to plant small seeds that will yield a large crop... (even though we may never see it.)
This was a great chapter and I appreciated all the VERY practical ways to "plant seeds" he shares.
There are a lot of seeds I feel led to plant... but the main one right now is bringing Henry home!...
Amber