Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing gardens—aka their books.
This week’s guest is Ada Brownell who will be sharing a garden devotional about the power in a seed. Welcome, Ada!
THE POWER IN A SEED
By Ada Brownell
Seeds are what the world needs.
Research for my book, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, led me to discover the amazing qualities of life, and they are most obvious in simple things such as eggs and seeds.
Without seeds, humankind could not exist because there would be no food. In the same way, if seeds of the gospel, such a John 3:16, aren’t sown, those around us will not experience eternal life. That’s why I consider my writing a ministry. Used by the Holy Spirit, wise words bear fruit. The Lord has always used words (see Genesis 1). He used words in creation, and gave us the Word of God as a guide for living and obtaining eternal life. Furthermore words as well as our lives witness and help the Holy Spirit bring people to Salvation.
First, let’s talk about the egg. When you eat an egg do you think about what’s in that little orb? The chicken’s seeing eye? The rooster’s crow? Feathers? Feet that can run and scratch the earth? A tiny brain that the bird how to find food, fly short distances, peck, take care of incubating eggs? A system—an amazing gizzard—to help digest food? A liver to keep them healthy? The ability to reproduce? The DNA to be a certain type of chicken breed and create dozens of chickens just like them?
It’s all in there if the egg has been fertilized by a rooster, who completes the seed with his DNA.
Now think about a watermelon seed. How does such a tiny thing grow huge watermelons so big some can hardly be carried from the garden? It starts when that tiny seed changed in the ground and with a little water begins to pull nourishment from dirt and manure. Where does the wonderful sweet taste come from? Three different colors? The answer: the seed, but more accurately, the life God put in the seed.
Take a watermelon seed apart and you can’t see anything so magnificent. Probably a view through a microscope wouldn’t seem spectacular unless you’re a botanist.
The same thing is true with words, although some give a glimpse of wonder: Love. Faith. Peace. Joy. Wisdom. Life. Forever. Compassion. Give. Receive.
But words can make a difference for good or evil, no matter the language in which they are spoken or written; who speaks them; how they are said; and how they are sent.
I used to love planting and growing things, and now more than ever I pray Lord, let my words be your words, planted on good ground, accepted into hearts. May they germinate, be watered – even by someone else, and may they bear fruit.
In my new book, Love’s Delicate Blossom, one of my characters tells how delicate a peach blossom is. He compares the blossom to love, which if adequately protected and nourished, will survive to create beautiful, sweet fruit and have the power in its seed to create more love—and even a whole orchard full of trees, blossoms, fruit, and seeds that go on and on. Love can live a lifetime.
That’s the power of a seed, and the gospel is spread the same way, but Salvation lasts for eternity.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)
©Ada Brownell 2018
NOTE; LOVE’S DELICATE BLOSSOM should be published in a couple of months—before Christmas!
About the Writer/Gardener
And her book
PEACH BLOSSOM RANCHER:
By Ada Brownell
To write this historical romance, the author drew from her experiences as a journalist covering the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, a former asylum; and from working during her teens on a peach and horse ranch in Palisade, Colorado.
Although the fictional asylum is in Boston, the author says you wouldn’t believe the types of diagnoses that could get you committed in the early 1900s. She took the information from historical lists compiled by the Colorado Board of Lunacy Commissioners on the supposed cause of insanity of those held in 1899 to 1910, when asylums were young. Many of those conditions are revealed in the novel.
The leading man, rancher John Lincoln Parks, yearns for a wife to help rebuild the ranch he inherited. He eyes Valerie MacDougal, a young widow who homesteaded, but she also is an attorney who hopes to help those wrongly held in the asylum. One of those she hopes to help is a doctor who had one seizure.
Will the doctor ever be set free from the asylum? Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor he constantly fusses with? This neighbor has a Peeping Tom whose boot prints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?
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