Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

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A call to Sow

Galatians 6:8… but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Welcome to “Faith Filled Friday’s.” We’re going to do a little gardening today so grab your water to hydrate yourself and all the right tools as we begin to dig into His word to see if we’re preparing for a bountiful garden.

Now is the time to start your garden and there are several that I know who are talking about it, where and what they want to plant…. at least in our section of the country. Many are busy preparing the ground to plant their seeds.

For those who are novices, you can’t plant one day and expect your harvest in a week!!  It takes time to cultivate… You must water daily… keep it free of weeds…. keep watch over it for pestilences…. fertilize the ground in order to cultivate a good hardy growth.

So likened unto the Kingdom of Heaven… How and who are you sowing into these days? What are you doing to prepare…. to yield their ground?

Don’t think that Sunday is just when people are sanctified. We can often see many struggling to grow and it well may be because they have experienced many years of hard ground.  We can’t give up when we know we’ve planted or sown into them and if we are diligent and practicing Galatians 5:22-23 — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” — it is possible to see them flourish and produce.

We of the household of faith must be prepared to labor at great lengths. We must understand and be prepared for a lifetime of ministry and be long-suffering in helping those who struggle in their growth. Over time, if we will see and teach people as Christ saw and taught then we WILL see a harvest…it’s called reaping and sowing. It probably won’t happen in one day as a result of one sermon; however, with the right kind of seeds planted, others will begin to live God’s way. He then produces good fruit into their life and our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard.

We also can, in general, get easily discouraged, because of the lack of fruit that we see for all of our sowing in doing good for others. We can definitely grow weary when we sow and sow and sow and hardly see any fruit, if any at all; therefore, we grow impatient…. frustrated and that leads us to become weary.

But God’s Word encourages us that “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”  Plain and simple… Paul teaches us in Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

The harvest will come. It will come at the proper time, a time determined NOT by the seasons or the weather, but by the will of God.

“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.”  James 5:7-8.

Last year I planted a small garden working hard, yet it wasn’t as fruitful as some and I asked myself why? With some investigating, I am willing to admit I did not prepare the ground properly; also, the weather was not cooperating (too hot) and confused my garden! The results: my harvest was puny and very little.

Take time to sow into people properly, in truth. It’s worth all the efforts and the determination to witness the end results… If you want an abundance of harvest you must be willing to invest in using the right tools…the right seed…the right time. To prepare the ground and sow effectively means trusting in Him that in all your endeavors, you’ll reap abundantly.

Sow faithfully and wait patiently for the harvest and you will see a bountiful harvest…indeed!

Thanks for stopping by Faith Filled Fridays and I pray sowing into your “people garden;” that it will be fruitful, for it’s the greatest investment into His Kingdom!  Have a wonderful weekend. See you next week.

Love and blessings in abundance,

Debbie Croley PicDebbie

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3 Responses to “Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power”

  1. Gay Hardy says:

    Again this just sums up a situation that’s happening now in my relationship with a friend. My struggle has caused division, but I’m continuing to pray for resolution and not get beat up by the verbal rotten tomatoes that were thrown at me. How do we love, forgive others who have struggles with depression, bipolar disorders??? I’ve given it to Jesus, but I’m such a fixer, I say too much and just get that rotten tomato in my face.
    This person also has a very revengeful nature I’ve never dealt with before?? Wow, drop a bomb on Debbie <3. I've turned it over completely to Jesus, but the rotten fruit keeps flying 🙂

    Thank you Debbie…I love how the Lord's timing is ministering to my heart through your writings.

    Just a note….the struggle I have with this person is the care, or lack there of with her dog……it breaks my heart. I wanted to help pay for his care and she beat me with words that caused much pain….

    Thank you again, God Bless you.

  2. Sue Nelson says:

    Oh but I can relate to both these articles! Debbie-been there and done that with my husband and things always work out better than before.

    Recently have been stressing (shame on me!) over my kids lack of employment, jobs, money etc. I finally – FINALLY – had to let go and let God (have I heard that somewhere?) As of this moment, things are looking much better – God is working it out.

    Is it coming together as I want – as I see fit? Not necessarily, but it is coming together – GOD’s way and GOD’s time – not SUE’s. Praise Him for THAT!

    Totally enjoyed both posts!

    Blessings!

  3. Debbie Croley says:

    Sue,
    It gives me such joy to hear that God is working on behalf of you and your children as well! Yes it never seems to work in the manner of how we think humanly and I’m so glad for that. Yet how wonderful and awesome it is to know that we can trust in His word, even when we are stressed, to work on our behalf no matter what or whom.

    Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. We can certainly rejoice in our trails and in our victories even when we don’t understand. He works it all out for our good…eventually!!! Keep trusting and praising Him!!

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on our blog page! You are a blessing and I’m thankful for your life, in many ways.

    Love Debbie