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The Small Seed  Women Growing Faith 🌱 study guides, stories of faith, family resources + community JANUARY’S THEME: Review + Renew #thesmallseed #nourishtheseed

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New on thesmallseed.com — Remember Rest by @kimberlynstoddard 🌱 Kim shares an interesting analogy between our lives and the necessity of snow providing a resting period for crops when farming.

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Just as a blanket of snow protects and nourishes a field, the Lord’s rest protects and nourishes our souls. As you read the scriptures you can almost feel the blanket of protection and the warming nourishment in his words and invitation to “come unto me…and I will give you rest.”
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But when can I rest? Life is so busy, so crazy, so fast! I hear you. A foolish farmer might want to continually plow and work and harvest as to “get the most” out of his field, but eventually that field would cease to bring forth anything but weeds. — Kim Stoddard @kimberlynstoddard

To have faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus, if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you. — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

New on thesmallseed.com — 5 Ways to Use January's 'Review + Renew' Study Guide With Your Family by @kristajohorton 🌱 Click the link in our profile to read it now, or check out a short sneak peek below!
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God told Isaiah: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" (Isaiah 55:8). Just think how much more we can accomplish and the greater vision that can be ours when we incorporate God's help!
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This is true not only for us as individuals but also as families and couples, which is why I wanted to share 5 different ways that you can use the study guide to get those closest to you in on all the fun too!
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Different seasons and circumstances of our lives will also bring big and small visions, goals or plans but being intentional about adding God into our families will always have lasting results. — Krista Horton @kristajohorton
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We’d love to see how you have incorporated this month's study guide into your lives and home! Tag us by using #nourishtheseed 🌱 Happy goal setting!

Take time to be Holy, speak oft with thy Lord.
Abide with Him always and feed on His word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
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Take time to be holy, the world rushes on.
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone;
By looking to Jesus like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
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Take time to be holy, let Him be thy guide
And run not before Him whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow still follow they Lord,
And looking to Jesus trust in the Lord.
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Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul.
Each thought and each motive beneath His control;
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shall be fitted for service above. — William D. Longstaff

Women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. — Ezra Taft Benson
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Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? — Matthew 16:24-26 (NIV)

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But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. — Isaiah 40:31
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Most of us take our capacity for granted, because for most of our lives we've had enough. What's changed is that...there's more information and more requests coming at us, faster and more relentlessly than ever.
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Unlike computers, however, human beings aren’t meant to operate continuously, at high speeds, for long periods of time. Rather, we're designed to move rhythmically between spending and RENEWING our energy.
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Our brains wave between high and low electrical frequencies. Our hearts beat at varying intervals. Our lungs expand and contract depending on demand. It's not sufficient to be good at inhaling. Indeed, the more deeply you EXHALE, the calmer and more capable you become. — Tony Schwartz
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What do you do to renew yourself—spiritually or physically?
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If you’ve had the chance to go thru our Review + Renew Study Guide this month, how has it helped you prepare + renew yourself for the year ahead?
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We’d love to hear! Drop your thoughts in the comments below! 👇

📷: @mamawatters

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. — 1 Corinthians 2:9
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The hope that God has provided for you is not merely a wish. Neither is it dependent on other people, possessions, or circumstances for its validity. Instead, biblical hope is an application of your faith that supplies a confident expectation in God’s fulfillment of His promises. Coupled with faith and love, hope is part of the abiding characteristics in a believer’s life. — John C. Broger

📷: @a.morrison14

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. — 2 Timothy 1:7
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What a tragedy it is in our lives when we are afraid to try, afraid to make decisions, afraid to trust the Lord, or even afraid to make an error in judgment. Oh, that we could remember the great teaching of the Savior to Peter when fear caused him to fail to walk and to even sink.
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‘But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
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‘And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
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‘And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
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‘But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
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‘And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
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‘And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
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‘But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
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‘And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’ (Matt. 14:24–31.)
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Fears in our lives can be conquered if we will but have faith and move forward with purpose. — Marvin J. Ashton

📷: @ashley_sooto

New on thesmallseed.com — Accomplishing Family Goals One Brushstroke At A Time 🌱 Based on a story by David Bednar about the creation of a painting, our Traditions of Faith editor @aimeeerror has created two printable (and paint-able 🎨) art prints for you, and a fun lesson to pair with it!
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Click the link in our profile to check it out! And grab a sneak peak below...
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Just as strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. — David A. Bednar, More Diligent and Concerned at Home
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Even though some scripture sessions, or family lessons, or family dinners may not seem that impressive or important on their own, by doing them CONSISTENTLY—making a bigger effort never to miss—we are “laying the foundation of a great work.” — Aimee Error @aimeeerror

I still believe that standing up for the truth of God is the greatest thing in the world. This is the end (purpose) of life. The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
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People have to allow themselves to be used by God and Martin committed himself totally to God's will and purpose and God is always waiting for someone who is willing to do that. — Coretta Scott King

📷: @nydailynews (The King family at home in Atlanta, GA)

In all that Jesus came to say and do, including and especially in His atoning suffering and sacrifice, He was showing us who and what God our Eternal Father is like, how completely devoted He is to His children in every age and nation. In word and in deed Jesus was trying to reveal and make personal to us the true nature of His Father, our Father in Heaven....
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Even as He acknowledged His own singular role in the divine plan, the Savior nevertheless insisted on this prayerful preamble: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God.”...
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Feeding the hungry, healing the sick, rebuking hypocrisy, pleading for faith—this was Christ showing us the way of the Father, He who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, long-suffering and full of goodness.”
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In His life and especially in His death, Christ was declaring, “This is God’s compassion I am showing you, as well as that of my own.”
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In the perfect Son’s manifestation of the perfect Father’s care, in Their mutual suffering and shared sorrow for the sins and heartaches of the rest of us, we see ultimate meaning in the declaration: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
— Jeffrey R. Holland, The Grandeur of God
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Herein [then] is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. — 1 John 4:10-11 (KJV)

📷: @reflectionsofchrist

How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. — A.W. Tozer
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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. — James 1:5 (ESV)
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When we fully grasp that our God is truly able to command all things and holds all in the palm of His hand, our prayers change. Our lives change. All the small, logical, practical prayers evolve into prayers that can change the course of our lives and the lives of others.
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We CAN ask the huge, crazy, impossible-sounding questions. We CAN take our ideas, thoughts, and troubles that are not understood to a God who wants to show us that NOTHING is impossible when we do it with Him. Nothing.
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While it may not be the answer we expect, or in the timing we desire—when we believe God is truly a God without limitations, we have faith that He sees the end from the beginning and has a complete love for us that never ends.
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It is easy to forget in this mortal life that we are also MADE of the eternal—and so not all that is promised us will come in this mortal time frame! Our lives and reach are so much greater when we see through the eyes of God. Truly the “impossible” becomes possible. We can remember that if an eternal God has promised, he WILL fulfill—whether now or in the eternities, it is the same to God.
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What “impossible” thing are you praying for? Living for? Hoping for? 💛

📷: @mandinelson_

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