CULTIVATION

Welcome to this Month’s Word Focus – CULTIVATION.

Many may associate this word with farming or tilling land but this month, we will focus on Cultivating Ourselves. 

In simple terms, to cultivate means “PILE” and Friend, I do not mean a pile of laundry. To make it easier, I came up with an acrostic that corresponds with the definition of Cultivate.

P – Prepare 

I – Improve 

L – Labor

E – Educate 

I am not sure what it is that you would like to PREPARE for, IMPROVE on, LABOR at, or EDUCATE yourself on but whatever it is, just start.

WHAT I AM PREPARING FOR

In just about 12 weeks, our third babygirl will be here and I have been preparing for her by spending more time with the two daughters I already have. Anyone that has ever had a newborn knows how needy they are and once Baby Cabal #3 gets here, I won’t be able to give as much time or attention to my other girls. Let’s be honest, I will be tired! (Lack of sleep can make one cranky so I will be needing a lot of Jesus and coffee!)

I am not saying that I won’t be giving my other girls any attention or love them less. But my time will be mainly consumed with the newborn at least for the first few months.

My husband has ALWAYS been so good with helping me out in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning by either burping or changing diapers.

WHAT I NEED TO IMPROVE ON

Encouraging, starting at home.

This one is a tough one because I can be a nagger. If I’m not careful, I become a hypocrite; teaching people & children at church but nagging my husband simply because I think and feel that whatever I say is not getting through his head. My husband has never or rarely put me down so why should I be the one to burst his bubble? Instead, I can encourage him.

I can encourage him by praying for him more.

I can encourage him by suggesting rather than demanding. 

I can encourage him by assisting him in reaching his goals, rather than expecting him to reach my goals. 

 

WHAT I NEED TO LABOR AT

I am a goal-setter but sometimes I am not a goal-finisher. Sadly, I’ve had so many goals in life and many of those would have come to pass had I just stuck with them a little longer & done better planning.

As humans, we tend to give up or give in when things START getting tough but what we don’t realize, is THAT is the most vital time to make sure we are still in the game.

According to Google, 

The climax, when used as a plot device, helps readers understand the significance of the previously rising action to the point in the plot where the conflict reaches its peak. 

The climax of the story makes readers mentally prepared for the resolution of the conflict.

Just as the climax helps to mentally prepare the readers for the ending, not giving up helps prepare you for that feeling of accomplishment at the end of the “finish line” so-to-speak. So whatever goal you have for this year, trust that the toughest time will be the most vital time and the necessity to stay committed will greatly benefit you in the end.

WHAT I WILL EDUCATE MYSELF ON

I would really like to glean some knowledge on how I can better reach out to others. Everyone loves someone with great personality but it takes more than personality to reach out to someone.

There are people I work with that need reaching out to. 

There are people I see in church that need encouragement. 

There are leaders above me that need to be reminded that they are being prayed for.

There are children my husband picks up on a bus route that need a mother-figure. 

There are people on social media that are looking for a friend, not just a follower. 

So how do I plan to cultivate myself this month? By PILE-ing.

Friend, you may already have your goals and aspirations for this year but may I encourage you to FIRST, CULTIVATE YOURSELF?

Before we can go “conquer the world,” we must:

  1. Prepare
  2. Improve 
  3. Labor
  4. Educate

Happy Cultivating! 

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