We’re taking the theme into the garden today in the context of planting seeds in our lives. There can be many new seeds planted at home, at school, at church, in our ordinary daily routines – anywhere! There’s a freshness and newness to starting something new.
Often, new things start with a seed.
We want to offer you two seeds - Time and Conversation. They do work together very nicely when you allow the time for conversation and sometimes the conversation allows the time.
In the busy rush of our lives, and certainly as we draw toward the Lenten season, be mindful of the moment when another household member is conversing with you (or vice versa). Task-focused people might have more difficulty with this one! Our biggest tip is to put the phone down. There’s nothing more distracting and discouraging than having a device ‘between’ two people who are trying to build a relationship. Look the person in the eyes because they matter, because God created them as an incredible person and because they are a part of your life.
Enjoy the people God has surrounded you with. Check in on them, remind them more than daily that you love them dearly. Bless them, serve them, check in on them and plant some seeds. And may God bless you and your families as you discover and rediscover the joy of each other as you Grow Together.
Rachel Schilling is the editor of Grow Together, the quarterly family newsletter created to encourage families to share their faith. Rachel is passionate about encouraging families and providing helpful tips and ideas to empower parents and caregivers to share their faith at home.
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