Who Can Take a Pic at a Time Like This?

Because I work with middle and high school students, there are frequent opportunities to sow seeds in these young lives. A trusted volunteer in our youth ministry advised me a long time ago to keep this perspective: I am a seed planter.

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Because I work with middle and high school students, there are frequent opportunities to sow seeds in these young lives. A trusted volunteer in our youth ministry advised me a long time ago to keep this perspective: I am a seed planter.

And he {Jesus} told them many things in parables saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately the sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Matthew 13:1-9 ESV

A couple of weeks ago, a young lady asked for prayer and of course we prayed together. In the follow-up texts, she shared a few challenges and I shared a few ways to fight the challenges. One way is to number our gifts in each day. Of course this isn’t my original idea, but it has served me well since 2012 and I LOVED reading One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp which covers this very subject.

Some of my numbered gifts from today:
#888 Teaching a student the SOAP Bible study method and numbering gifts before her high school day began.
#889 The entire YCI Club coming forward to lay hands on the seniors in prayer.
#890 A beautiful orange sunshine in the sky early this morning.
#891 Forgiveness.
#892 Solid endings and the promise of new beginnings.

My recent days included a flooded kitchen floor, no wi-fi for 3 days, and our clothes washer breaking down for the last time while loaded with laundry. The kitchen table and chairs are heaped with the daughter’s wedding preparations and cards for a record number of high school graduation parties clutter the bar. At times like this, we need numbered gifts! A lot of them actually.

O give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

Psalm 105:1-2

As I reflect on all that is entrusted to me, I can’t help but be thankful:
#893 Available funds to pay for a new washer.
#894 My husband will attempt to fix anything and is successful nearly every time.
#895 The customer service rep who finally fixed the wi-fi.
#896 Realizing my first-world problems are really no problem at all.
#897 Knowing God made us for much more than this!

So today, I think about those kids at our high school this morning. Some may have never even been to a church. They were invited to come up if they wanted to pray over the graduating seniors. And every single one did. Isn’t that amazing? Our God is a great big God. {Afterward I wished I had a pic of all of them praying, but who can take a pic at a time like this?}

God allows us opportunities to plant seeds. He makes the seeds grow. Let’s grab our watering can and go encourage the planted seeds or nourish the soil of the ones we are about to plant! You are a seed planter, too.

 

6 thoughts on “Who Can Take a Pic at a Time Like This?

  1. This makes my heart happy to hear of those young people gathering to pray over those seniors. And thank you so much for reminding me that there is so much to be thankful for, even in the crazy, busy times!!!

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    1. YOU are a sower of a lot of those seeds that are growing Evonne! Thank you and keep looking for those little everyday gifts that we all have to be thankful for on the busiest of days. 🙂

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  2. Wow. Isn’t it wonderful when God speaks words to you through someone else? I just wrote two letters to friends reminding them of our responsibility to plant seeds and water seeds and to not be frustrated if we don’t immediately see the fruit. And what a perfect quote about planting God’s seed anywhere in the world. That one is worthy of a painting. I then read about speaking thanks (since I got a little behind on the blog!) and was just reminiscing on that in the past 24 hrs after seeing a friend for weeks post on Instagram about things she is thankful for. And understanding that progress is needed in the process is right in my face. I want to make changes in myself, but have been reminded recently that it takes time and doesn’t happen all of a sudden. So take baby steps towards a goal. Through Him, all things are possible!

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    1. So true! I love that Warren Wiersbe quote Kristen. He wrote the Commentary on Colossians that I am currently reading. Thank you for sharing your insights and how God weaves His words through our lives. I find nearly everything I write is preaching the Gospel to myself.<3

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