My Belief

Not All Fertilizer Is Created Equal

God has been teaching me some great tools as of late.  I cannot say  that they are without a certain amount of being uncomfortable, however, they are much needed.

Not all fertilizer is created equal.

I work for an organization that conducts soil samples of fields, gardens, yards etc.  When the recommendations come back each is completely unique.  It depends upon the ph level of your soil, how much potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen and what it is you are going to plant in that location.

If you were going to fertilize let’s say your garden it would be unwise to apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer every year without having your soil tested.  What if you needed a 15-10-10 or a 15-10-5 ratio instead? Each location is unique to its needs.  The same can be said about the people around us.

What God has been teaching me lately is that each person I come into contact with has their own soil, each unique to what their fertilizing needs are.  As a mother of two teenagers I had to handle each child differently based upon what they needed at that time.  One child I stood on the edge of the nest, ruffled their feathers, encouraged them to take flight and they did while the other required a drop kick off the edge.

As a woman of faith, I have realized that my approach to handling not only my children but the people around me on a day to day basis must also be unique.  I cannot have the same interaction with each person in my life and be successful.  Just like a garden, each individual is unique to the type of fertilizer they need.

Some are strong in their faith, and need just a dusting to keep them going.  Some have been growing weeds and are in a serious need of a clean up not just fertilizer.  Some have long been a dry dessert and need water more than anything.

To meet these needs of the correct ratio of fertilizer with each person, my “soil test” is prayer and listening.  If you truly LISTEN not just hear and pray for the right words, attitude and fertilizer, God will give you the correct ratio to put on.

Enjoy your week, month, life. I pray that if you are reading this that God gives you whatever fertilizer it is you need at the moment.  Many blessings!

 

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My Belief

Looking At Another Angle

My devotion this morning started with the sentence to “Welcome problems as perspective-lifters.”  That is an interesting thought.

I do understand that often it is the troubles in our lives that give us an opportunity to see things differently.  It took me a very long time to get to that point where I could welcome an issue without losing my mind.  When dealing with confrontation, we usually like to point fingers, and say cruel things, but as someone once told me, when we point our finger at others there are 3 more pointing back at ourselves.

When I find myself in the midst of a problem, the first thing I do is pray about it.  It took me a long time to get to that point too.  I used to want to go run my mouth and cause damage to those that caused me hurt.  I have since learned the only person I truly hurt is myself.  So now I pray.  Who else but God is the perfect one to help us understand why it is we are going through this problem.  After prayer if I feel so led, I have a handful of wise people in my life.  Many are older women, who have a great deal more life experience than I do and I count their counsel as a blessing.  Some are younger but have the gift of wisdom.  These are my go to gals.

I enjoy their conversations because they give me a different angle to look at the issue.  I try very hard myself to look at why this person is reacting this way based on what I know about them, their life and circumstances.  So I guess you could say I try very hard to look at things from a different perspective.  However, I have never thought of a problem as a “perspective lifter.”

Problems do open our eyes though.  They open us up to life seen by the vast and never ending variety of people on this planet.  We are all unique creations, here for a purpose. All different members of one body.  So today as I go one with my particular path just for me, I will give thanks for the ability to lift my perspective and I pray you will do the same.

Many blessings.

My Belief

Be Still And Know…

This is probably one of my favorite Bible verses.

Psalm 46:10 says; “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

We do not often quote the entire thing, it is only usually the first half that receives any credence.  However, I feel the whole verse deserves our attention.

The first half is most often accompanied by visions of beautiful sunrises or sunsets, birds or butterflies.  Any image that evokes the peace and stillness that we are to understand is a part of our Lord.  I must admit that often I repeat this part of the verse over and over again, envisioning some serene place in my mind trying to calm and quiet my self and my soul to better be able to hear what it is that God is speaking to me.

For this reason it is one of my favorite verses.  As I have stated in my previous blogs, I tend to be busy and do not frequently take the time to slow down.  However, this verse forces me to stop for a moment and to just simply be still, just be still and know that God is God.  To attempt to understand the true magnificence of who He is.

The second half of the verse reminds us as believers that God is above all and will be exalted.  Combining the two halves it invokes an image in my mind of sitting in a quite place pondering the awesomeness that is our Lord and Savior, understanding that He alone is to be exalted and that He will be.

As I have gone along through my day, when I feel agitated or frustrated with a situation, sometimes just repeating the words “be still and know that I am God” is enough to keep me in a good place.

As you go through your week, try being still.  Listen. Contemplate. Know that He is God.

Many blessings!