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By day Keri shares hope stories on KLRC. But her favorite stories are of redemption, of mercy, of grace. She can’t wait to share her story with you.

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  1. This is so beautiful. The word picture equating our dreams to seeds that must be planted really hit home for me. Thank you so much Keri!

  2. Dying to self is so hard when DAILY my selfishness is resurrected; there’s such freedom and liberty in surrender, though, and it makes me shake my head that I’m so doggone stubborn. You’d think it’d get easier, ya know?

    Thank for sharing word pictures we can hold onto.

    🙂

  3. This is such a wonderful post. I love the pics you chose, and I relate to your words. Thanks for encouraging is to let go and let God through your words.

  4. That is sooo true! We must all go to the mountain of myrrh (die to self) & let God take hold of our dreams, & lives.

    It never ceases to amaze me that when I let go God steps in big time!!! One big dream that God fulfilled was my husband. 🙂 I was searching via web & doing myself. The instant I went to my mountain of myrrh & let God have it – poof here came my Mr. Wonderful.

  5. Wow, Keri, I just left a comment on Sarah Mae’s post and threw in a sentence about seeds. I wondered, “Why are seeds on my heart today?” Then I clicked over to the guest section and…SEEDS. I love that you’re a dreamer. Your heart is a garden, my friend, full of seeds planted and waiting to grow, others pushing through the soil, and still more in the bright light full of glory and beauty for all of us. Thank you for sharing yourself, your words, your courage with all of us. Love you!

  6. I loved this part- it really got my attention – “But what if instead of holding them I buried them? ” Wow. I had never thought of it like that. I’ve recently been called to release and bury the seed of one of my children in particular, who’s voice and thoughts to me over the phone these past few weeks have been exactly the words your post started out with. Being in school half a country away, I have had to release him to God to take care of him in his darkest hours when I could not be there. It has been horrible, terrifying, and something I wish to never go through again, but it has taught me so much as a mom about how God cares so very deeply about my offspring. It has been extremely stretching for me and has taken my faith into corners I’ve never had to go before. God has been there and been faithful- we’re not out of the woods yet but there’s finally a clearing in the path.

    Thanks for this fantastic post – I’ll come back to it often to read it over again and again!

    • Beth… I am so sorry that you are having to walk through this difficult season. I was recently talking to a friend who is in a similar situation with her daughter. She told me that God kept reminding her that she didn’t “knit” her daughter, He did. Aren’t you thankful that what God knit together in your womb He will be faithful to hold onto? Praying for you and your family today! I know the harvest will be beautiful!

  7. I live this challenge, this dilemma. I wish I could say that letting go, that surrendering and yielding my will was all that it took. My struggle seems to be deeper and more complicated, somehow, because it drags on and on, and I wait, and wait. This post is helpful to me in the effort to remain vigilant, and I thank you.

  8. Hi Keri. I do not have a green thumb; but, I do have faith in someone who does. 🙂 Thank you for this beautiful post.

    Off to Calloway’s to buy some seeds. I will report back with how my little pot garden grew, or didn’t grow. 🙂

    xo

  9. Exactly. I was sitting by a creek a few years ago, just listening to the water, and suddenly I heard a “voice” (sort of) saying so clearly, “Love your death.” At first blush, not a very cheery creek message, but I grew to treasure those words. If I could release my life, my little life, then I would be free to have my big life, my life in God’s arms, fulfilling God’s purpose, trusting in God’s everlasting goodness.

    Those words are still precious to me. When I catch my self trying to control things, acting in fear, I remind myself to love my death.

  10. I struggle horribly with dying to self. God iw molding me, though. I just hope he finished before all my kids move out! LOL I don’t want to learn AFTER they’re all gone. 🙁

    I wrote yesterday on my blog how my everyday determination just wasn’t enough – I have to make a choice. I have to be intentional. Not just let the seeds fall where they may, but plan them in GOOD soil. My seeds are my kids and this house is the soil.

    Very thought provoking and challenging. Thank you so much Keri, for sharing your heart.

  11. God speaks to me often when I’m gardening, so I can relate to you there. I can also relate to burying the dreams — learning to surrender control, to stand back, to watch what God can do instead of what I can do. For me, right now, learning to die means being satisfied with the right now — not planning on the next step, not living five years from now, but just holding on to the treasures of today.

  12. Thank you for this beautiful picture, life-giving truth, and life-seeking challenge! God recently has given me new seeds to a deep-seeded dream of mine…writing a book. It is not the book I thought I’d write, not any one the ones I’ve dreamed about since I was eight years old. But I know it is from him. I know it’s a story I have to tell. I’m scared though. It just the beginning. I know I could easily put these seeds in my pocket and forget they are there. Go about my daily life, a life that already seems so full. But then I would not have the joy of seeing all the fruit He wants to grow. So I’m going to follow him and trust that he’ll be the one providing the water, soil, and sun. I’m just the one that gets to tend to his garden.

  13. Oh how true! Last night in my art class my teacher let us picks little slips of paper for our “daily wisdom”….sort of like a fortune cookie. Mine said about what your post said. Holding onto life makes it sad. In fact, the little paper had random writing on both sides and both sides said LET GO! God must really need me to hear this in my heart. Thank you for your obedience to write what you hear and what your heart knows. It does bless!

  14. This was much needed in my life today. I’ve been struggling with my own hopes and dreams the last 3 months and I appreciate your thoughts more than you can know.

  15. I love your perspective on this topic of dreams and hopes…such a beautiful truth. What you wrote has truly blessed me today. Thank you for sharing. I am definitely planting some seeds today. Blessings to you…