Friday, March 23, 2018

Planting Seeds...




A few weeks back the mesquite trees started to bud here in Texas. My father-in-law told me that this is a sure-fire way of knowing spring is on its way. Next came the bluebonnets, so I knew it was time to start the garden.   

After my sweet husband tilled up the soil to perfection, it was now my part. I had to plant the seeds.

Even though I don’t possess a green thumb at all, I love to garden. There’s just something about digging in the ground and planting seeds that’s cathartic. 

Then, watching those little seeds sprout and burst through the ground to make a plant, well, it’s quite an accomplishment.

As I worked the ground, I started thinking about other ways that we as human beings plant seeds. 

It can come in the form of a simple smile that brings happiness in the receiver’s heart. Words of wisdom imparted to our children and grandchildren can have lasting effects. Sharing God’s love to someone in need, brings forth eternal life.

Whether you like to plant a garden or your hobby is something else entirely, we all in our own way plant seeds. And even though you might not see the results of your seeds right away, they are still there. And you never know when that seed will grow, and spread, and before you know it, you’ve got you've enriched lots of lives. 

So each day, whatever you do, don't forget to plant those seeds.   

About Mary

Mary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading romantic suspense greats Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Soon creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith came naturally for Mary. In 2012 Mary entered the Speed Dating contest hosted by Love Inspired Suspense and later received “the call”. In addition to writing for Love Inspired Suspense, Mary also writes Christian romance and sweet romance. Being a published author has been a dream come true for Mary.



Mary’s Latest Release:

Eye Of The Storm - Available now at Amazon

Former CIA Agent Kate Reagan finds herself in the middle of storm that has disrupted her life for six years. When Kate’s entire team was killed by the terrorist they’d been chasing for months, Kate finds the only way to save her life is to pretend to lose it.

After moving dozens of times through the years, Kate ends up in the small mountain town of Soaring Eagle, Wyoming where everything about the place screams of the home she’s been longing for.

Running into Deputy Sheriff Brady Connors, Kate finds herself attracted to the handsome frontier lawman right away, but having a future is not possible while the enemy is still stalking her.

With Brady’s help, Kate is about face the showdown she’s been expecting for a long time, when the enemy coming after her proves to be closer than Kate could ever imagine. 


12 comments:

  1. You're so right that we plant seeds even when we don't realize it. That's one of the reasons, I suspect, that we choose to write Christian literature. As for gardening, I live in the Ozarks, where topsoil is shallow, so I plant in straw bales. We're behind Texas season-wise, so I have to wait a couple more weeks to begin planting--but I'm ready! The book sounds great, by the way.

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    1. Thanks, Arlene. That sounds interesting planting in straw bales. I've never heard of that.

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  2. Thanks for reminding us that simple things can make a difference in people's lives. I love to garden, but I haven't figured out how to do that here in the desert. I know people garden around here. We also do so much traveling that it's hard to maintain a garden when we're gone.

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    1. I get that Merrillee. When we were going back and forth to the mountains i had to give up gardening.

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  3. I haven't gardened in years. Full time work, part time writing, full time parenting all got in the way.

    And, I love love love that you mentioned Phyliss Whitney. I read her too. I even met her once. She retired to Sedona, Arizona, and attended a retreat that I attended. Cool beans.

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    1. What an amazing story, Pamela. Phyliss was amazing author. I would have loved to have met her.

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  4. Wonderful post, Mary. It is something I will be reflecting on. And speaking of Phyllis Whitney...she was my favorite author when I was growing up. She is largely responsible for my becoming a romance writer. As an adult I wrote her a letter and she wrote me back even though she was in ill health. I still remember my older sister bringing home her book "The Golden Unicorn." It truly changed my life.

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    1. I wonder if she knew how many future authors she inspired?

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  5. Wonderful post, Mary! You reminded me that planting season will eventually arrive in the north (as in late May or early June) but in the meantime there are many ways to plant seeds.

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    1. We're blessed to get an early start here in Texas. The bad news is we get an early start on summer as well.

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  6. Mary, thanks for sharing. Planting seeds can be done in so many ways.

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