Day 12: Seeds & Such

…praying is planting. Each prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but it eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations. In fact, our prayers bear fruit forever. (pg 75 – Draw the Circle)

It’s not always easy to pray. A few mornings back, I could not keep my eyes open during my 6am prayer time. I had gotten very little sleep (about 3 hours average each night…I am SOOO STUPID!) for 2 nights in a row and my prayers were suffering. I wanted so badly to spend time with God, but my body wouldn’t cooperate. It was frustrating. I am human. It was a holiday. Everyone else on the earth was asleep.

Why, oh WHY did I commit to doing 6am everyday? Why didn’t I just do it on weekdays? And non-holidays? And Lord, I’d like for you to please give me my book idea right now. In the next 30 seconds. With an outline of chapters. On pretty paper.

Did ya’ll read that line about microwave answers???

Do you have those days when you find yourself giving God a to-go order like you’re getting a big ol’ tea at McDonald’s – half cut please (half sweet, half unsweet, thank you very much)? I have to continually remind myself that life is a process and that I am planting a seed. This seed will bless my daughters in ways that I may never see. This seed will flourish throughout generations that I may never meet. The planting of this seed is part of the process of becoming what God has ahead for me.

And as the book said – we can only plant seeds.  We cannot make things grow. Period.

On those darkest days when it feels like my harvest will never come, when I can’t seem to find my way through the struggles and frustrations of life – I want to put my focus on one thing: Keep praying.

Whenever I dread doing small insignificant things that don’t seem motivating or exciting to my crazy creative self (like getting up at 6am to pray), I remember this verse from Matthew:

The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” – Matthew 25:23 NLT

If I show up to do my job, He will show up to do His. Plant the seed. Keep praying.

~Starr

8 thoughts on “Day 12: Seeds & Such

  1. Good Morning Starr! And Circle! Not sure where to start this morning? Other than my God appointments have been changed from before bedtime to before I leave for work. So it only seems right that today’s would be about sewing seeds. Or as we know it in our home sewing pea’s! ;)) And Starr I for one understand how you feel. I want my fast food prayers NOW!!! Especially when things are happening over, and over again and we just want to cry out to The Lord and ask? Lord I’ve planted what you’ve asked and I’ve tried to be faithful. And that when the the Father whispered in my ear and “YES” Faith, Faithful, Seed, Promise. They all form a circle also. You plant your seed through Prayer, watch it grow through Faith, Expecting the Harvest with the Promises of God through His Word!! I love you all keep sewing!!!! And Have A Blessed Thursday !

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  2. A lot of lives are changing Starr due to your obedience to God in forming this circle. Your comments inspire me every day and I can see your gift of writing as you share with us. You’re a natural, that’s the result of being annointed. This chapter I know I will read and reread many times. It has enlightened me & restored my faith in a 10 year prayer. Keep praying, keep giving, keep loving, keep serving & the harvest will come in God’s time and in God’s way. Never knew mustard had so many nutrients in it, enough that we could survive on it. Just like faith, it only takes a little to last an eternity. I’m waiting for a seed to germinate just as I know all of us in this circle are. We should lift each other up in prayer as we take this journey, and wait in anticipation to hear the testomonies coming from this circle. Keep on writing Starr, you are blessing me.

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  3. The seeds of prayer can take a while. When we started this challenge I pulled out my old prayer journal because I knew it had some space to write in I used to pray dailyand write most days back in 99. I wrote a special prayer for each child. When I went back through this prayer journal I read the one I wrote for Melussa dated 1/20/99. It starts Thank you Lord that you know the plans for have for her to prosper and to not harm her but to give her a hope and a future. I pray that my child will not stand in the way of sinners or sit in seat of mockers. May my child delight be in the law of The Lord as she meditates on it day and night. Back in 99 Melissa was far from this. But look at her now. My seed are growing as I watch her sing in the choir and bring the kids to church. Growing takes time but it does happen.

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  4. Where is Debra? I was looking for her daily update! I am anxiously awaiting God’s intervention to step in and do big things like they are little things! One of my dreams is certainly going to take God as I have no idea how to do it myself. I will try to plant more seeds, not only seeking a harvest for myself but for my family and friends. I finally got The Circle Maker book, can’t wait to read it this weekend!

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