May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness – an abundance of grain and new wine.Genesis 27:28
I’m not a farmer. I was raised in inner-city Detroit watching my Aunt Esther plant new flowers every Spring from the inside of the house. My time in Boy Scouts taught me all I needed to know about living in the wilderness because after those hot days fighting off the insects and a couple poison sumac scares, I relatively retired from my mountaineer days. I didn’t even have a Chia Pet as a kid. However, that doesn’t stop me from working the land.
Throughout the Bible, analogies of farming, plants, trees, growth, and fruit are everywhere. It might even be safe to say God is a farmer. He loves his garden and shows us how to work the land. He talks about trees, vines, faith the size of mustard seeds, good ground, God calling rain forth, and baring fruit. We are the farmers and the plants that grow.
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,Jeremiah 17:7-8 (niv)
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
However, there is a part of “your season” that is often ignored. If you have never bore fruit on your land and try to plant without prepping the ground first, nothing will grow. There is hard work that needs to be done before you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. 2019 is that year.
The year 2019 is the year of Preparing and Working the Land so that you can reap in your season.
You must break and submit the land before you can plant seeds. This year, break the bedrock, work the soil, remove the weeds, and introduce the proper nutrients into the ground before you even THINK of planting a seed.
After you have planted the seed is the easy part. We ask the Lord for rain, and protect the seeds by nourishing them as they grow. But now, we must do the thankless work so that the seeds can take root and grow.
Fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise; things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.Philippians 4:8-9
This means that in every part of our lives, we need to prepare a suitable place for the seeds to grow. We must break up the foundation bad habits and old ways, loosen our expectations of what God can and cannot do, remove the weeds of bad influences, toxic relationships, and hazardous thinking, while introducing positive behaviors, Godly values, and good thoughts.
All of this is to plant the seeds of greatness that God has given you, nourished by the ever-flowing waters of Jesus Christ, and letting the Lord’s light shine to help those seeds grow.
Today is the day. Now is the time. Be motivated.
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.Jeremiah 29:11
This year will not be without heavy lifting, hard, back breaking work but you will have the Holy Spirit helping, renewing your energy, and aiding in your quest. People will come along to assist, others to distract, but remember your goal. You will look back on this year in 2020 and see an entirely new environment for you to grow and it will be worth it.
Last Year was buying the land, choosing your seeds, and gathering the tools/supplies for the work ahead. This year is a season of hard work and preparation for the future you desire. There will be a season of waiting that will eventually come where you don’t see the growth and progress happening right beneath the surface. Don’t get discouraged. Believe and trust that it will manifest.
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but borrow from none.Deuteronomy 28:12
- Time to break and remove the artifacts of the old you from your land. Don’t expect to do it all at once. Piece by piece, take the stagnant behaviors and habits, and toss them out. Clear away the old that won’t allow anything new to grow.
- Pull out the weeds of bad people and burn the hazardous influences in your life that soak up all your attention and energy from the good things that need it. Effectively, you’ve been killing off the good in favor of the bad.
- Time to add in positive, natural, and wholesome environmental factors. Look at what makes you function best and keep those things. Add in positive people, music, food, and activities to change what’s in your life.
- GRADUALLY increase your workload. The scope of your job is large but you have the needed time. Why rush and hurt yourself when you can take your time and get it done right the first time?
- Know that even good things can be bad if you use it too much. If you overwater your garden, the plants will still die.
- Take care of yourself during this process. Give yourself periodic breaks where you rest, heal, strategize, celebrate, and readjust to move forward.
- Ask for Help if needed.
- Take notes to remember where you came from and how far you’ve gone. Looking back at these notes will really help in the long run.
- Praise and Thank God the entire Way.
It will pay off in due time but now is the perfect time to put in the work to springboard into even more blessings!
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.Deuteronomy 8:10
Anything God has given you for 2019 that you’d like to share? Anything specific you’ve left behind in last year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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