Vanna News: July 2013

Greetings, faithful friends at Vanna!

It’s now official. Summer has started. My calendar shows it began on June 21st. Although it felt like summer a couple of weeks before its official starting date, we were actually still in the season of spring.

Sometimes, as the seasons change, they seem to meld together. Even so, they remain distinct with each season having its own purpose. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 declares, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” 

Right now, Vanna is in a planting season.

In the physical realm, there are five elements that must be present for typical seeds to grow: light, water, soil, heat, and time. The amount and type of each element that is needed depends upon the type of seed. Likewise, the spiritual equivalent of each of these elements is needed for spiritual seeds to grow.

(1) Jesus is our light.

Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

(2) The Holy Spirit is our water.

For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:13)

(3) Good soil is created by proper attitudes, having a determination to know and to act on God’s word.

5A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. 7Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold… (Luke 8:5-8)

(4) Heat radiates from a passionate (not lukewarm), intimate relationship with God.

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:15-16)

(5) And time? Well, we all know that God himself sets the appointed times for his works to be fulfilled. God the Father keeps the cosmic calendar. He numbers the days until it is not just a good time but the perfect time.

So when the disciples had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.” (Acts 1:7)

Vanna is sowing spiritual seeds and trusting that God will, in His own time, bring forth a bountiful harvest. So, “let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) Until the harvest comes, we will continue to faithfully sow and grow.

Planting and praying,

Farmer Lacey

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