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Friday, September 23, 2011

                                  Doesn’t growing really take dying? 

“Unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil… and dies it remains alone.    

                 But its death will produce many new kernels…a plentiful

                                                   harvest of new lives. 

Isn’t that what we all desire…new lives…transformed lives…but does there

                             
     
                really  have to be dying…a leaving behind.

Sometimes the leaving behind …the dying… is a letting of even “good” desires…

                             good marriages…jobs…friendships…ministry….

                                        and sometimes it’s leaving ourselves behind…

             I hear God call…come…come to me…and I see the passageway…

                              it is more narrow then where I am standing 

                    God says come…but all you carry…all you hold on to…

                                                can’t come with you…

                          you must lay it down…just leave it at my feet .

                                       Here is where the dying takes place…

         laying each ‘right”…each hurt…each justification…because….”

                   “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and

                                   take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

 So in this upside down Kingdom… to  grow up in the likeness of Christ…

                                 to grow….first requires death.



22 comments:

  1. So very true...and very difficult sometimes. Thanks for your thought-provoking post!

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  2. Jennifer...thanks for stopping by...

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  3. Needed this reminder. Dying that brings life.

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  4. Melissa...don't we all...writing to myself as well...
    Thanks for stopping by...
    Blessings~

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  5. wow... honey I am praying for you!
    You can do this!
    T

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  6. Thanks T...this came from where I was a couple of weeks ago...but always treasure prayers...because this season will come again....

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  7. So very true. We remember the joyous and comforting parts of God's message, but the dying to self and the being willing to lie down ourselves and everything we have is a little tougher to internalize.

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  8. Amy...Love that name...my daughter's name...I am growing to understand...there is joy in the dying...the scripture...God love a cheerful giver came alive in regards to giving myself...not just money:)
    Thanks for stopping by...
    Blessings~

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Your point is well made that growing up requires death.

    I was thinking of a similar seed analogy this morning, that we must be willing to change form, to brave the stormy weather, to thicken in the trunk as we mature :-), to provide shade, comfort and wisdom as we age...

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  10. Oh the laying down, the letting go, releasing my grip -- it is required for growth. Love your 5 minute words today!

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  11. Kim...I am doing Biology with my daughter...plants...seed..germination...so all my post these days seem to have that theme...thanks for stopping by...
    Jamie...thanks for your encouragement...and for stopping by...

    Have a great weekend...Blessings~

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  12. I have never thought of dying in order to grow in this way! Wow! I can really relate to having to even die to my desires and even desires that are good. It is so true . . . He wants ALL of us!

    Thank you for such a thought-provoking post!!

    Brenda

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  13. Growing first requires death. How true! Rebirth comes after the laying down of our lives, beautifully put.

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  14. Ells - So funny to read the similar theme of "dying to live"....the seed needing the surrender. A gift. This is the second time a theme has woven with another blogger. Funny too because I usually write posts far ahead...then, post them much later.....as He leads. Clearly He speaks. And you hear Him. Thank you for this God message about the seed. Blessings ~ jen

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  15. Brenda...yes...He wants all of us.

    Beck..thanks beck...thanks for stopping by...

    Jen...it is encouraging to hear His voice in many places....

    Blessings ladies....have a great weekend.

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  16. Beautiful. Yes, we have to die to self to let Him grow inside of us.

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  17. thanks Shanda...have a great growing weekend...
    Blesssings

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  18. I have thought of that scripture often lately. In many ways, I think we need to "die" to ourselves in order that the gospel is planted in many lives.

    Thanks for visiting today!

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  19. Upside down kingdom. Yes, dying first. But oh...what beautiful new life. Worth the pain of dying 100 fold. Love meeting a new writer.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  20. Joan and Pamela...thanks for stopping by...yes..dying do lead to a beautiful life...

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  21. Yes, dying must take place before life can be found. Laying those things at his feet and taking up what he wants. And when I do that, every time, he is faithful and shows me that beautiful life!!

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  22. Thel...thanks for taking the time to comment...yes He is faithful to meet us every time.
    Blessings to you...

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