Posts tagged ‘life’

Seeds….

Wide Open Spaces

Pondering….
Seeds must be broken to produce life or they remain useless and hard. Some only need a good soaking to germinate and some need scarification, or removal of the seed coat by tumbling on the ground, stomach acid of birds and other animals, or fire. Some lay dormant for years till conditions are right, rain, removal of invasive plants competiton, or fire.

Mesquite, for example, requires fire, oan animals digestive tract, or hard scrubbing on a grind stone, metate,to scarifiy the seed. In its proper place it’s seeds can be turned into flour for bread or it may grow into a beautiful tree giving shade in the desert. Too much and it is an aggressive invader choking out grasses and other plants, sending it’s tap root down and stealing others water.
Help me not to compare my walk with others but trust that God, the greatest gardener, knows what kind of seed I am and what I need to flourish.

May I remember to give others room to grow, especially my children. One may need grinding and one may need soaking, and it might even change day by day. Only the Lord knows exactly.

It’s my job to help, encourage,  and seek wisdom on what kind of seed the people God has put in my life are.

It’s also important I let others water me. Even if it’s city water and not well water! May I never steal someone else’s blessing, and maybe stunt their growth, by refusing help or doing everything myself, even if, especially if, I can.

Let us be sowing and watering generously,  gentle with tender shoots, and patient for harvest.

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First Fruits – Easter, Resurrection, and Spring Musings

Been thinking lately about spring, Easter, and the Resurrection. The pale green buds on the trees, little chicks, and newborn calves all point to spring and new life. Every year it’s always a joy to see the first calf following mom on wobbly legs. As we look toward Easter Sunday (or Resurrection Sunday if you prefer), they all remind me how the “whole earth is full of His glory”. Even the seasons and new life remind us of His sacrifice and the turning of death into life. This week  is Passover and then First Fruits three days later. Yes, that means Jesus was raised on the day the first fruits offering was given at the temple. He is the first fruits of the promised resurrection. Gotta go plant my garden…literally and figuratively. What are you planting this year?

Keeping Time

I have often told my daughter when teaching her music and piano, don’t rush your timing. Keep your time steady regardless of the tempo, even if it’s presto or allegro. How often do we rush through life, no matter the tempo? Do we really enjoy and be in the moment? Or do we rush from one to the next even on vacation? Let’s keep time with the heart of God as our metronome.
“lack of time is a lack of thanksgiving” – Ann Voskamp

Another Convention??? – It’s about Community and Faithfulness

So I’ve had some folks ask why I attend so many meetings and conventions. The short answer is to keep up with issues and improve our business…but it’s so much more than that.

Attending the local, state, and some national events with Farm Bureau and Arizona Cattlegrowers lets me visit with the neighbors, even if they live 12 hours away (you know who you are 🙂 ), network with other producers, and learn. The biggest reason is to be with and help build the agriculture community. I am always amazed at what my neighbors are doing. It expands my vision and horizons.

Participating in events like the Summer Ag Institute allows us to reach out to folks who aren’t involved in ag, teach and understand each other, and hopefully address concerns and begin conversations.

“Need not be present to win” works at sweepstakes but not for planning meetings, addressing issues, and working with the agencies that own the land we lease from, including the public! If I want a voice, I need to be there ….same thing in my mind as if you don’t vote, you really shouldn’t complain about who gets elected.

This year, I traveled to Mississippi to become certified in Annie’s Project. This is a risk management program for farm and ranch women. It is a way to help my neighbors and the amazing farm and ranch wives and operators out there improve their businesses and be good help mates.

Sonia GashoI believe God has placed me where I am, given me the family I have, and empowered me to work with the groups I do for a purpose. It isn’t out of an “I’m all that” attitude, for surely I am not. There are far better speakers and writers than me. Nor is it out of obligation or a sense of accomplishing good works, but rather because He has entrusted me, in my weakness, to be a light for His glory and purpose.

So, if you call and find I’m at a meeting or convention, it’s all about building community and being faithful where God has me.