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What Does Your Harvest Look Like?

REFLECTIONS by JaneYesterday, the stock market took a dramatic tumble. Did you notice that too? I should worry. They said my retirement funds are in jeopardy. ‘They’ could be right. Maybe I should worry. Seriously? Will it change the situation if I worry? Will it help me if I fret?

In fact, there are many things we could all worry about. Grab your pencil and start writing. We could each fill a page, more than a page, with worries. Whoa! Stop! Those insidious thoughts are seeds. Little seeds can become huge trees.

Little seeds can grow ugly weeds …. OR …. Little seeds can become a harvest of beautiful flowers.

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When that next negative thought invades your mind – don’t plant it. Instead, plant a positive belief, a thankful remembrance, a joyful anticipation, an inspired idea.

Which would you rather harvest? Plant that.

Which would you rather harvest – plant that

which-would-you-rather-harvest-plant-thatFrom my Bible reading this morning in Psalm 77: I pray to you, Lord God, and I beg you to listen. In days filled with trouble, I search for you. Our Lord, I will remember the things you have done … Everything you do is right, and no other god compares with you. You alone work miracles, and you have let nations see your mighty power.

Yesterday, the stock market took a dramatic tumble. People tell me I should worry. God says in days filled with trouble, he does everything right. He gets to decide anyway so why not give him my worries and let him handle the world?

I’m thinking a harvest of flowers sounds pretty good right now.

Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

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Jane Anderson
Jane Andersonhttp://refininggrace.com/
JANE’s professional experience is scattered across industries from financial services and insurance to engineering and manufacturing. Jane sees her background in writing and editing website content as the foundation to her current love of social media. Being an avid reader, meticulous note taker and lifelong learner has fostered her natural pursuit of sharing her world through writing. Reading books and summarizing content started as a hobby and has since grown to be a major part of her vocational experience. Jane says, “Authors pour their heart and soul into writing their book. When I write a review, it’s with intent to celebrate the book and promote the author.” Jane claims to be 'the best follower you'll ever want to meet' and has been repeatedly called servant leader, eternal cheerleader, social media evangelist, and inspirational go-to person. Jane is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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  1. Jane, thanks for sharing an important message that we can all take to heart and reflect on.

    In saying my own prayers today, and they have been disjointed at best, I asked God for two things:

    “Lord, I give you my anxieties, stresses, worries, concerns, and burdens that are faith, marriage, parental, career, and financial placing them in your capable hands. Minimize them so I am not weighed down. I am grateful, thankful, and deeply appreciative for the gifts you provide. They are beyond what I can handle. May I never complain, whine, or wallow in self-pity.”

    Things are not nearly as bad as we make them out to be. May our faith be strong and moral compasses be fully operational helping those who are less privileged than us. Best/blessings, Mark

    • Mark, Thank you for your transparency. I wish everyone could accept the reality that there are so few things we can control, and those few things start with how we think. Start with thankful. I’m smart enough to know that there is always something to be thankful for. Being thankful for what I have and even thankful for things I don’t have and wouldn’t want, affect my attitude, behavior and habits. It can be tough sometimes to stay positive in a negative world – but that’s why we have relationships. Friends who can pick us up when we forget that life is a gift. My motto has been for many years: I can’t change the world, but I can make it better one attitude at a time. Be blessed, jane Treat yourself to joy every day.

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