Day 28 :: Sow Intentionally

First I shall regale you with the Monday night ‘sewing’ report: Pants hemmed for a customer, pillows fluffed and sewn up and some checkbook covers checked off for the Fall Festival on this Saturday! Incidentally I heard the weather may be less than stellar but I”m going to chose to be positive on that front until proven wrong…!

Seriously Monday night Sewing hours have been the best thing I intentionally implemented this whole month! XOXO to my best girl who suggested it!

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After a rocky start to yesterday, which ended well with getting my creativity on, it got me thinking on how we reap what we sow.

Like it or not, there is a direct correlation between what we put in our minds and what we get as a return from them as in our thoughts, speech and actions. If you think it’s not true, try being around a group of grumbling and complaining people for a day or two and see if your own thoughts and words don’t start on that downward spiral. Like gravitates toward like whether we mean for it to or not. Conversely, find a group of joyful people and see if some of that happy doesn’t rub off on you!

I felt a little wounded last night when I opened Joyce Meyer’s devotional to see “Complaining is a sin.” [gulp] I’m guilty. You’re guilty. We’re all a little guilty of this one I think.

Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, murmur not among yourselves. ~ John 6:43

Oh how I luuuuve to murmur sometimes…and that’s a nice way to put it.

Some translations use the word grumble instead of murmur. Neither paints a really pretty picture of how I’d like to be living out my life… Am I going around sighing and “harrumphing” complete with a sour expression. {at some times yep…I’m human and so are you…!} Or am I singing praises to his name and having a constant loop of thankfulness in my head grateful for who He is and what He’s done for me?

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Reading the bible every day for a year has helped a lot with what goes in and comes out of my mind and mouth. Even before I started that, I decided to take a 30 day challenge from the local Christian radio station and listen to only them for a whole month. They knew how much music and positive news has an uplifting effect on people. It definitely worked. I learned some great new songs and I fell in love again with some of my favorites that I’d forgotten from years past. The old saying is true you know: Garbage in = Garbage out…

You can’t get fresh water out of a polluted stream no matter how hard you try.

What I didn’t bargain for was after that month how my tastes would shift for what I wanted to listen to. What used to be a default station on my radio just annoyed me unless they were playing old country from way back when… Even what I watched on tv changed. I’ve never been a big reality show or news person- especially ones where people are bickering or there was a lot of drama and it was even more so after that little experiment. Thus my DVR is full of I Love Lucy…. and Mayberry…. and Thin Man movies… maybe I’ve mentioned my love for old things before??

I’m not denying there are tragic news stories happening and people in conflict but I know I can choose what I listen to and how I take in information because it will ultimately effect what goes out.

I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ ~ Hosea 10:12

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{Holly in the fall??? I don’t know why, but it sure is pretty against the blue sky}

We can be mindful about music and tv and friends and other influencing factors but choosing happiness is still a struggle at times. Choosing not to complain is just as much work. It’s a mindset– and oftentimes the hardest thing to change is a mind. Sometimes I have to go the Thumper route…you know if you don’t have anything nice to say…well you know the rest! But it’s doable. You CAN have the victory. The world would rather drag you down with it but God wants you to be lifted up. 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

Today is a new day. I’m thankful for it and I’m gonna be mindful about what I’m putting in it.

So let’s rock it together!

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5 thoughts on “Day 28 :: Sow Intentionally

    1. Heather says:

      In a series manor, no! My husband jokes he’s waiting for the book when I ask if he read the blog today. But books may be for people who know how to punctuate correctly and such…! Thanks for your sweet comment though! : )

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  1. Georgia Burton says:

    What a wonderful idea about your own devotional book. You are basically doing one each time you write on this blog. You have a gift with words. Go for it sweet girl. You are marvelous and I love following you on this blog. You give me inspiration in addition to my devotionals daily. I am proud to have you as a niece. Love you girl.

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