I’ve spent the last few days frantically trying to purchase Christmas presents for my family. It has been difficult, so much so that I still don’t’ know what I’m going to buy my husband. I want to get him the best gift, not just something to spend money but something with meaning. It seems this time of year, more people focus on that same idea; what is best and means the most. It isn’t always easy.
Let’s face it; it often seems more like a money-making machine than a time to give gifts to the ones we love and celebrate the birth of our Savior.
One problem I’ve had with shopping is making sure I’m spending the same amount of money on my husband that he spends on me; this isn’t always possible. Last year he surprised me with new wedding rings, how can you top something so meaningful and beautiful. I bought him a garage door opener.
The big thing about those two gifts, the rings, and the garage-door opener, is that it was something we both wanted. I had been planting the seed for a while that I wanted new rings, not because I didn’t love the set he bought me twenty-eight years ago, but because I had lost stones in that set and they no longer fit. He had been planting the seed for his desire for a garage-door opener for years.
Planting seeds are essential, not only when it comes to gift giving but in every area of our life. When we plant seeds in fertile ground, it grows into something great. When we are fertile ground, we grow and flourish into the person God has created us to be.
That’s what makes Debbie Johnson’s new book, A Pocket of Seeds so great. It is a one-devotional that plants a seed every day. Each one is more than just enriching your soul but puts the focus on others. With each day, there is a Daily Seed, an action plan to plant the seed of hope into someone else’s life.
Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
How are you sowing into someone’s life? What gift are you giving to others that God can flourish in your life? Use Debbie’s new book as a catalyst to plant the seed in those around you and start the New Year off just right.
“What did God whisper to my soul? “Watch me work.” – Debbie Johnson
What is an excellent opportunity to watch God work?
Have a very Merry Christmas.