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Seed scatterer

This is what the kingdom of heaven is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  … the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how … Mark 4:26-27 (NIV)

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Come be a seed scatterer

     A kingdom of heaven gatherer.

          Sow seed into wide swaths of soil

               For planting is the laborers toil.

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Growth comes only by God’s hand

     The sprouting seed not caused by man.

          Who can know how a seed does grow

               Where the wind of the Spirit might choose to blow?

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When he comes may he find my sack

     Empty of seeds upon my back.

          Sown in soils where he has led

               A harvest sprouting from entrusted seed heads.

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Unhidden

Matthew 25:25 “So I was afraid, and went out and hid your talent in the ground…”*

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Fruit hidden in snow (photo by Patty Perkins)

Wasn’t burying that coin in the ground a good thing? The servant was protecting it from being lost. When his master returned he still had it to give back.

That coin was given to the servant to be invested. To multiply. It was merely a seed meant to be planted to grow fruit for the master. The servant was afraid…so he hid it.

That is so me. For so long I have written journal upon journal upon journal. Poem after poem after poem. Storing them in boxes. Stacking them in piles. Hidden. Who would want to read this stuff? I’m afraid of rejection so I’ll keep this tucked away. Who am I to put it out there?

God has been gracious to provide writing opportunities through my church blog and here, too. It’s a step of faith to put it out there. To let him have his way with growing the seeds—that’s his part. I’ll do my part and share; he causes seeds to grow. Maybe I’ll know results and maybe I won’t. But this blog is a way to invest what he gives. A way to scatter seeds.

Thank you WordPress, for providing a place to share. Thank you, reader, for being a huge part of the process.

Here are my seeds…unhidden.

*The One Year Bible, February 7, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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falling to the ground

John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (NIV)*

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

if i let go the branch

fall to the ground below,

let my will be buried there–

none of me to show.

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if i forsake my way

turn to him instead,

would one seed really multiply–

if i but his path tread?

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by patty perkins

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A seed has to die before it can reproduce into many seeds. Holding on to this life by refusing to fall to the ground will cause the life cycle of the seed to stop.

Sometimes it’s difficult to let go of the branch and fall to the ground. We might like hanging in a pine tree with all the other maple seeds! It takes faith to let go.

Jesus set the example. He followed his father’s will by dying on a cross. His one seed planted brought life to many.

We don’t have to die on a cross! But, we do have the daily choice to let the seeds of our will fall to the ground and be planted. To live God’s way and let the seeds reproduce. Let one become many.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


From water to bread

Psalm 65:9 “You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained.” (NIV)*

Stream

Stream (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

God sends streams

To water the land

To produce a crop

Providing grain for bread.

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So, too,

Living waters flow

To water the land

To produce a crop

Providing daily bread.

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So, Lord,

Any living water

That flows through me

May it water the land

Produce a crop

Providing bread of life.

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poem by Patty Perkins

Dedicated to blogging friends who pour living water…that others may know the Bread of Life.

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*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Dandelion Wine

Genesis 27:12 “…I would appear to be tricking him…” (NIV)*

Dandelion

Dandelion (Photo credit: EricMagnuson)

Jacob, did you not see,

had self-deception blinded your eyes?

When seeds first fell from the mother plant,

Did you not catch the lies?

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These seeds, when covered with dirt,

take root and down deep grow.

Hidden they sprout a conniving plot,

Your life they would overthrow.

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Lord, help me catch the seeds,

Of lies threatening this life of mine.

Clouding my vision till I don’t see, 

That I’m drinking, but dandelion wine.

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poem by Patty Perkins

Genesis 27:11-12 “Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, ‘But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I’m a man with smooth skin. What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.'” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.