Increase

I Corinthians 3:6-7–I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

I can plant the flowers and water them, but I cannot force them to grow. Sometimes, it is the opposite (like this flower above that surprised me) where I try to eliminate a plant and it continues to grow. I have no control over whether a seed chooses to sprout or a flower provides a fragrant bloom. God is in control of those things. He oversees the rain and wind, the lights in the sky, and the growth of my children. I can be a good steward of the earth and of the children He has entrusted to me, but I cannot force their growth or change their nature.

It is my responsibility as God’s child to honor His amazing creations. To make sure that I am respectful of the earth and all that grows on it. To be certain I am caring for my children’s physical, mental, emotional, and, most importantly, spiritual health. To ensure that I am caring for myself also. What we put into a thing, we get out of it. If we plant a huge garden, weed it properly, feed it well, and water it thoroughly, we are more likely to get a large harvest. If we teach our children every single day how to be faith-filled Christians, upstanding citizens, and reliable workers, they are more likely to be successful. If I nurture my relationship with God, get enough rest, pray constantly, and follow His path for me, I am more likely to bloom.

How has God shown you His power to increase and grow your life?

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