Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Seeds of Kindness

The Magic Marker has faded a bit. The flower sprigs are bedraggled, even for flora that started out dried.  But I can't bring myself to throw away this message created by one of our kids at Sunday School long ago.

The little paper pocket, dabbed in pastel paint, hangs by the back door, amidst a collection of keys that may or may not run something on our farm these days. The message, "Sow seeds of kindness," is a key in itself, isn't it? If I catch a quick glimpse of it as I dash out the door on the way to accompany at school or to help Randy, maybe it will provide that subliminal nudge to actually practice what it preaches.

"Sow seeds of kindness." It's just another way to consider the Golden Rule, I suppose. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
On the other side of the kitchen door, I transplanted two messages from my late mother-in-law, Marie's, kitchen.

One of the little cardboard-backed fabric plaques has this prayer:

Lord, make me a blessing today. 
Let me be a sunflower in a garden full of thorns.
And the other says:

A day hemmed in prayer seldom unravels. 
Though she's been gone for years, I am still getting reminders from Marie about what is truly important in life, if only I take time to take the messages to heart. And I'm thankful.
But, they are only words as faded as the Magic Marker that wrote them if I don't carry them with me as I hurry through the door.

I am linked to Jennifer Dukes Lee's Tell His Story. Click on the link for more messages of faith. 


  1. Kim,
    This was good timing for me, Thank You.

    A good family friend (actually friend that is more like family) suddenly passes away on Saturday evening. We are at the accepting stage, but still surprised. J and I took food over to the widow and visited with his son and son's girl friend yesterday afternoon. The passing of this gal will have a big impact on our small community. The funeral will be very sad.

    We have college friends coming for the funeral and weekend. Between that and catching up from my trip I feel a bit frazzled. I am doing good keeping calm and taking things one step at a time. This post is another reminder for me to keep cool and collected.

    I love the sunflower quote.

    1. I'm so sorry for your loss and the loss for the whole community. It's so hard when it feels as though a hole is left in our lives and hearts. Thinking of you and yours during this tough time. You are a "sunflower" to me, and I thank you for that. Blessings, Robyn!

  2. What a sweet post. Love the sunflower quote. So true today.

    1. Thanks! Hope your calving is progressing well! We are still waiting, kind of like fathers pacing outside the delivery room like in the olden days!

  3. Such a sweet post on kindness - something the world needs so much more of. And I love the quote on being sunflowers!

    1. Thanks, Mindy! Sunflowers are favorites of mine (and another reminder of my mother-in-law, since she, too, loved sunflowers and had a sunflower collection).