"Sowing and Growing"
(By Heidi Viars)

7-18-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #696
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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Sowing and Growing
(By Heidi Viars)

This year I had decided not to plant a garden. Typically I love to spend time outside and plant all sorts of vegetables in the spring and usually look forward to this time of year. I love to spend time with the Lord outside early in morning. In the past years I have so enjoyed my carrots, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and a host of other things. I always sense the lessons God is teaching me of good soil, fruit, and the rewards of dedication. Not so this year.

This year I told God that I was tired of "gardening". Since He knows my heart of hearts and my motivations, He knew it was because of being exhausted from ministering to difficult people and not seeing fruit. The garden was my way of protesting. Every time I looked at my garden, I sat back and said to God: "Not this year. I will sit out one season. I am tired of trying to work at planting and investing, only to find unproductive crops."

Several days ago, I walked up to my garden and found something amazing. I was looking at about 50 (no kidding) tomato plants that came up where last year's tomatoes had grown. Why does it take me so long to learn that I am only in charge of sowing and planting, the growing is God's job. Why do I take so much pride in thinking I have anything to do with it? All He asks of me is being faithful in telling others about Jesus.

I just came in from outside and saw how the garden I dreaded is blooming with a bunch of tomato blossoms. I am so glad He is so patient with me and works despite my messing up and falling short. I guess I'll be gardening after all.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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The great French Marshall Lautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'

(From: John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Teach me your ways.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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