Are you planting seeds?

Photo by Lori Vowels Photography

Photo by Lori Vowels Photography

I grew up on a farm where most of my time was spent with my family working. As I look back over those times I remember the fun that we had. I don’t think much about the work, but more about the time we spent together interacting and just being kids. Playing in the dirt, jumping into silage pits, learning to shoot guns, and exploring all the great things nature showed us. We had a playground all around us and nature was our toy box.

When my dad passed away in 2011, he was 82 years old and at his funeral the priest spoke of how my dad had planted seeds as a farmer. He also spoke of how he planted seeds as a husband, father, and friend. He shared how he planted seeds into his children and how they had grown to be productive spouses and parents themselves.

My parents showed us all how to love, work, be kind, have faith, and show compassion. These are the kinds of seeds I want to sow as well. I think of my blog and upcoming book as a way of planting those seeds. I would love to see people who are needing encouragement and a little push to take these seeds and allow them to grow.

We were all put here with a seed inside of us that holds our purpose. It is our job to find that seed and nourish it, so that it flourishes. It needs love, compassion, encouragement, wisdom, faith, insight, and a little stubbornness at times to help it take root.

Have you found your seed? If not, do you know where to look? Here are some folks that can help you get started. Adam Rico, Joel Boggess, Kathy Brunner, Kimanzi Constable, and Dan Miller. These are people that I looked to when I started my journey to find my purpose and they all helped encourage that desire. I would love to hear how you are planting seeds and how you discovered yours. You can leave a comment below or email me at jenny@jenniferhester.com. Find your seed and go out and share it with the world. The world so needs love and support and you are just the person for the job!!!

 

What season of life are you in?

Although it’s already fall, I was not in the fall mood. Not until my kids decided to carve pumpkins this weekend. The picture shown is their pumpkin carving handiwork. I think they did an amazing job. I love the changing seasons here in Kentucky. The fall harvest, the changing colors of the trees, and of course the fall sports season.

pumpkinAnother thing that got me thinking about the seasons was a wonderful webinar that I was privileged to listen to last night. Kathy Brunner, author of Finding Your Fire, interviewed Joel and Pei Boggess. The main topic was on Time Management, but they also discussed the seasons of life that we all go through. Being aware of what season you are currently in can be very beneficial when taking on new tasks. Our seasons take us on different courses that ultimately are there for our benefit. These are the times when we are brought to learn, grow, or rest.

Some of the painful seasons in our lives are also some of the most rewarding as far as our growth is concerned. I certainly have been through my share of growth seasons and I am now glad for it, but at the time they were very scary. My fear came from not having the faith that it would all work out for my good. I also have had my share of wonderful rest seasons where everything flowed smooth as silk.

Thank you to Kathy, Joel, and Pei for reminding me about the different seasons that we go through in life. It’s wonderful to be able to look back over our seasons and be reminded how much we have grown because of them. Can you look back and pick out the different seasons you went through? What did those seasons teach you? What season are you in now? Take time to reflect over your seasons and learn to appreciate the beauty from them.