Reflection for January 2016 on the theme Be Courageous

May Reflection – Sow the seed

Renelle Neale

By Renelle Neale

Renelle, from New South Wales, Australia, was appointed as IVP for Pacific in April 2016.  She is married to John who is now retired, has four grown up children and four grandchildren with whom she loves to share time. Her family in their turn are her biggest supporters and encouragers!

I live in a country where we have drought areas and very wet areas. Our Country is a very big island and we can cover four seasons in one day. Bush Fires and floods are happening all the time.  Everything is so unpredictable, each year the season seem to change, due to climate change.

Our farmers have a lot to consider, in the dry seasons the seeds just sit and wait for water and some die. In the wet season we could get too much rain that the seeds would rot in the soil before they were able to sprout.

The farmers have methods of getting their seeds sown by a certain date and some even protect them crops with special nets against the frost and birds who like to come down and eat the seed.

We often don’t look after the seeds in our own lives.  We just take for granted that the girls in Brigade will grow without our guidance, but we are wrong.  They need to be nurtured and walked with as they come to know life and God more.

We need to water them with God’s word, cover them in prayer and provide an active programme to show them of His love as they walk on their spiritual path.

This can be done in different ways, take an interest in what is happening in their lives, at school, home and Church.

Pray for them and encourage them to read God’s word.  You can even set up a devotional booklet for them to follow or purchase one from a local Christian book store.

Always be there for them, listen to their problems, walking with them on their Christian journey and encouraging them to see God in everything that they do and say.

Ears to hear, eyes to see, lips to speak and a heart to love.

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