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When Faith Looks A Lot Like Farming

I planted a seed today. Not a real seed that will bring forth something edible, but I certainly hope there will be fruit. And I desperately hope it will be beautiful.

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I planted the seed of an idea.

Emily Freeman wrote beautiful and brave about her seed planting in her email A Note from the Bench. (If you’ve never read her words, head here. I always get her email and think I don’t have time, but then I read it and see how thirsty I was for what she wrote.) She inspired me to think differently.

I have this journal. My mom got it for me, knowing my heart as only a mama can. The cover reads, “Someday these words will make me famous.”

And I never wrote in it. For years I left the pages blank because it was such a bold proclamation and I wasn’t ready and what if I’m wrong and I am that girl could only wear her Wednesday socks on Wednesday, so the pages sat empty.

Until they didn’t.

Until I decided that I could write ideas. I could use this journal as a place for thoughts and notes and book titles and post ideas. I could write whatever I wanted on those pages.

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And since I read Emily’s note, I see my notes in a whole new way. These musings, thoughts, broken fragments, these are my seeds. Some will grow into something beautiful and fruitful. Some will not. And that is the life of a farmer.

I’ve said for years I wanted to live on a farm. Those who love me reminded me of how much I dislike being dirty, or smelly, or getting up early, or manual labor, for that matter. But the truth is I do live on a farm.

I’ve always lived so much in my head, I shouldn’t be surprised that my farm is there, too.

I have a job to do. I have the seed of an idea, so many seeds in fact. And I plant them. Faithful. Faith-full. I let them rest in the dark places that no one else can see and I work with them. I tend them when it makes no sense. I feed them and care for them until maybe I see a shoot spring up.

We are all called to be faith-full. We all have things we need to plant and let germinate in the dirt while we do the work believing there is a purpose. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to see the shoot spring forth, see that seed grow and become something beautiful and fruitful.

Plant your seed today and be faith-full.


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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  1. So glad I was your neighbor today over at Holley’s place!!! I love what you have written here and I admit I have those thoughts that keep me inside of my own head too. This message was an encouragement today in the two very areas I have focused home prayers on: writing and our homeschool. I gotta’ remember even if I don’t see the shoot and the fruit right away, God is still on the throne and I just need to keep being obedient in the things He has laid on my heart. Thanks, Becky! I shared my favorite quote from this on my social media!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so grateful I’m not in this alone! Thanks for sharing (your heart and a quote!)

  2. Becky, I need words like yours in this seed planting life. So often I want to dig up the seeds I’ve planted to “check on them.” I obsess about results and impact, when it’s my job to just be the farmer and patiently wait for God to work.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love how you describe digging up the seeds to check on them! I’m so guilty of that too! Glad God has so much patience!

  3. Hi Becky,
    Your post title drew me in since I just spent a weekend on a farm in Atlanta and I’m far from a farm-girl too! I love what you wrote about planting seeds and I’ve never thought about how are all farmers in one way or another so I loved reading this perspective!

    1. Becky Hastings

      That must have been an adventure Valerie! So glad we’re in this together!

  4. I love this! I have blank journals too and was just thinking about using one. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      Those blank journals plagued me! No more….write away friend!

  5. I love this! My husband grew up in a very small farming village in Iowa. Every time we return there, I thoroughly enjoy the sermons tailored to their way of life. May I also plant my seeds wisely! Happy Farming!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Seasons! Yes! God is showing me so much about His seasons (it helps here in New England to see all the trees change color!) Praying He shows you exactly when to plant your seeds and that you harvest in abundance!

  6. I’ve had journals I couldn’t bring myself to write in too, for the same reasons. If I could plant a seed in any little person who loves words’ hearts it would be to just write and not worry about quality and beauty and usefulness- those things come, but some words aren’t meant to be famous to anyone but the Lord who cherishes them and uses them to grow us. Was just thinking about that last night as I am near filling my first “fancy” journal with notes and musings and prayers that aren’t intended for anything but God’s use.

    Anyway! Loved this image and metaphor- will be thinking on it ore fully throughout the weekend as we visit a couple farms : )

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s funny how we think of words, isn’t it? We forget who our true audience is (at least I do). So grateful to be reminded again and again! And I love that you have filled up a fancy journal for God….it’s the best kind!

      And happy farm visiting!

  7. Beautiful words. Our pastor recently spoke a message titled “We are farmers!” It has been resonating with me ever since and your post goes right along with it. Blessings and visiting today from #FaithFilledFriday

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love when God does that! How He uses things completely unconnected to show us something deeply. So glad you’re here today!

  8. About 10 years ago my very best friend Laura gave me a journal and said it’s for “all the things you’re going to write.”

    I saved it. I tucked it away. Waiting to use it when I was serious about taking notes to write something. And only notes as it related to a specific topic.

    Laura passed away 6 years ago, so all the more reason I didn’t want to “waste” those pages. I want her to be proud of what I write.

    But really, what am I waiting for? This post gives me, oh, I don’t know…permission? Courage?…to take that green, fake-leather journal out and fill those pages. With ideas. Seeds. Encouragement. Something. And I believe there IS a purpose in my writing. There IS a purpose for the dirt and the waiting and the germinating and the sprouting. And even the growing and the fruit!

    Thank you, Becky. I’m not sure I took away from your post what you hoped I would, but what I’m taking away is meaningful and somber to me.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Kathy! I love this! You write in those pages, plant your seeds, and see what God has in store! SO much purpose!!!

  9. Lise Brown

    In a sense all things that come to us are seeds also, not just the seeds of our own soul. Your post speaks to me and my issue of taking control, taking that seed (an occasion of circumstance that I felt I needed fix, control, change) just yesterday and making a complete mess of the seed: i.e. the situation. Instead of letting it alone, letting it germinate in the dark and allowing whatever plant or fruit it was going to be, I responded too quickly to a text and OH, if only I could take back those words. I dug up that seed, I smashed it, I buried it in rocks, not the soil it needed. To let alone and let God do his job, the growing of it. He can and WILL do it, not I. This is a lesson to me of faith, of waiting, of just being, not doing. I need to be a be-er not a doer!

    I have never posted before or responded to post, but I am going to pull out my blank journal also!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad you’re here Lisa! You wrote such truth in your comment. How often I dig up those seeds and try to force them to be something their not or force them out of the dark at the wrong time. Sometimes the exact thing we need to do is Be Still — I think God mentioned something about that 😉 Remember He has you and all the seeds in His hand.
      Happy journaling!

  10. Becky love this and that quote about being famous is just beautiful.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you Debbie! I remind myself of His truth with every word! Glad you’re here 🙂

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