Posts in Faith
In Season & Out of Season

"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season..." - 2 Timothy 4:2a

Confession time. I'm not always prepared to share the gospel with people. Honestly, if a stranger asked me what the gospel is, I would internally freak out and, in my flesh, stumble over my words because I have grown used to not naturally sharing it. I'm not often prepared to share the hope I have in me, which goes against what Christ commands us to do.

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Your Brokenness is Welcome Here

Let's face it. You are broken. So am I. There's no denying that fact because we live in a broken, sinful world. No matter how much of a perfectionist you are like I often am, you still have to admit that you have flaws and so does the world around us. No matter how many things you wish to go right, some are always going to go wrong. No matter how bad you want to please God in everything you do, you still miss the mark and do not honor him in all of your words, actions, and thoughts. 

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Finally, we get to the last blog in the series about plants. To start from the beginning, you can read Seeds, Roots, and Sprout. Also, in the picture above, I seriously did not mean to match the flowers.

Flowers in full bloom seem to make everyone happy. (Everyone who isn't insanely allergic, that is.) I've never seen someone looking at flowers who is depressed by their beauty. 

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Once a seed has had it's time of growth under the surface, it's next step is sprouting. And this is not an easy process, just as growing roots is not, especially when one is a new Christian. I don't know if you have grown up in the church or whether you came to Christ from a life lived far from the church, but either way, there's normally a time when you start to take your faith seriously. This is similar to when a seedling sprouts above the surface and starts to form its first leaves.

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In the depth of the winter, when there's a bleak dead landscape of trees and hard, brown grass, life still goes on below the surface, resting and preparing for the coming season. In the spring, even more growth goes on as the roots of the plant are taking in all the nutrients they can as the ground warms up.

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Have you ever felt not good enough? Have you ever felt like you're doing everything you can but you just can't seem to get it right?

Have you ever been scared of not measuring up to people's expectations for your life?

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