Wednesday, March 5, 2014

planting the seeds {a game-changer}

The other day Brody found a Veggie Tales gourd-growing kit in our kitchen cabinets. I bought it three years ago to give to my young nieces and nephews for Easter. (Trust me, it is cooler than it sounds, and they were younger children at the time, too...stop judging.)

Clearly, that kit never made to it my nieces and nephews. We had a bit of excitement right before Easter three years ago, so it was thrown by the wayside along with everything else we once considered important.

Since the kit had just been sitting around for three years, we decided to open it up and give it a try. We pushed the seeds into the soil, watered it, and set it on the counter where the sun would at least partially shine on it to make something grow.

Since we've just experienced a snow storm and Brody can't keep his hands out of it, I can't really say that anything will grow out of it. But we do know the seeds are sticking there.

On that note, there are some other seeds we are trying to plant in our house: Seeds of Praise, Seeds of Courage, Seeds of Purpose, Seeds of Character.

Image from SeedsFamilyWorship.net
We began listening to the above Seeds of Praise Worship CD several weeks ago and, if nothing else, the seeds are sticking to us. The songs, which are direct quotes from the Bible, are--at the very least--helping us memorize Scripture. Brody sings along. Brecken dances.

Many times a day the songs come to my head--much more often than does other Scripture, even if I have it memorized--and I can honestly say that I believe they are producing fruit. Not full gourds or anything, but maybe a small sproutling.

"Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." -- This one comes to me when I am SO VERY TEMPTED to tattle-tale on people who aren't doing what I think is right. (What a crummy heart I have sometimes!)

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." -- This one came in handy last night, right after I experienced this, the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened:  
"Just got my yellow fever shot. Of course, after reading the symptoms of a "severe reaction" (um, death) involving fast heartbeat/difficulty breathing, I could feel my heart beating THROUGH MY CHEST and I felt a strong desire to try breathing into a paper bag. This has never happened before, and it is the most irrational and annoying trick my brain has ever played on me. I'm fine now. Argh."
And the same verse is also great when I explain to Brody that God is with him, even at night in the dark. 

I have always known memorization is important, but it was just SO HARD. However, these CDs are providing our whole family with a great start. 
After all, Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
Seeds family worship CDs (also available on iTunes) make it super easy to memorize Scripture. (Disclaimer: We only have one CD, but we are wearing it out and we plan to get more soon! Shout out to Amy, Brad's sister, who gave us the CD as a gift for Brody.)

Although this doesn't guaranty that anything will grow, we do know that the Seeds are sticking. And that's why I call it a game-changer.