Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as she sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground [...] and when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.
— Mark 4.3-8

Day 35

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5 more days of seed-scattering to go!

The sun is setting. This is our home stretch! The finish line is in sight; you're almost there!


Seed of Ispiration

#MusicMonday

Each Monday of our march, we have listened to music by seedy women to get our work week going!

So again, I could not just pick one song, so I gave you a playlist of Carrie Newcomer songs. I agonized a bit whether or not to start it with "Lean In" or "Three Women." It was a toss up which song was more ABSOLTELY PERFECT for our march, but "Lean In" won and "Three Women" became second on our playlist, with "If Not Now" biting close in at the heels for third place.

Carrie Newcomer's work explores the big questions of life in a way that is both poetic and lyric... and seedy! Enjoy! Her work is available for download on itunes, you can hear it on Spotify, and you can order CDs, poetry, and sheet music on her website.

A shout out to my pastor Rev. John Gage, who posted one of her songs on his excellent blog, Pray Pause Connect (a faith, music and art blog), and got me interested in Carrie Newcomer a few weeks ago!

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Winter is the oldest season
But quietly beneath the snow,
Seeds are stretching out and reaching,
Faithful as the morning glow.

Carry nothing but what you must.
Lean in toward the Light.
Let it go, shake off the dust.
Lean in toward the Light.
Today is now, tomorrow beckons.
Lean in toward the Light.
Keep practicing resurrection.

The shadows of this world will say,
There’s no hope why try anyway?
But every kindness large or slight,
Shifts the balance toward the light.

Waters wind and open wide.
Lean in toward the Light.
Don’t just walk when you can fly.
Lean in toward the Light.
When justice seems in short supply.
Lean in toward the Light.
Let beauty be your truest guide.

The shadows of this world will say,
There’s no hope why try anyway?
But every kindness large or slight,
Shifts the balance toward the light.

The prayer I pray at eventide.
Lean in toward the Light.
All left undone be put aside.
Lean in toward the Light.
Lean in toward the Light.
Lean in toward the Light.
— Words and Music by Carrie Newcomer ©2016 Carrie Newcomer Music (BMI), Administered by BMG Chrysalis “Keep practicing resurrection” is in reference to Wendell Berry’s beautiful poem “The Mad Farmer’s Manifesto”

Seed of Action

#AmazonSmile

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I know that many of you are like me and almost anything you don't put into your refridgerator, you order online! Ordering online saves me time, I don't have to load my two small kids in the car, I can do it late at night, I can compare prices, and I like to imagine my packages carpooling with my neighbors' packages so hopefully we're reducing a bit of our carbon footprints! It's a win-win-win-win. And now there's another reason: You can easily translate your purchases of everyday items into cash for your favorite seedy organization. Next time you purchase anything from toilet paper to a sofa through Amazon, start your order instead at smile.amazon.com and a portion of your order will go to the charity of your choice. As of February of this year, AmazonSmile has generated $46,126,473.56 for nonprofits.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time. 

To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, click on Your Account & Lists from the navigation at the top of any page, and then scroll down to the third box titled "Settings" and select the option second to the bottom of the box to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organization to support.

Seedy particularly organizations on AmazonSmile that we suggest you might type into the search bar:

  • She Should Run
  • Running Start
  • Planned Parenthood
  • RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)
  • YWCA
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Malala Fund
  • Women for Women, Inc.
  • Association for Women in Science, Inc.
  • League of Women Voters Education Fund

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.

Alternatively, if you don't order products online, why not taking a few moments to pick one of the above organizations to suport in another way, like signing up for their newsletter, donating a social media post, learning more about what they do from their website, or exploring volunteering opportunities on their site?


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  • My love notes will be different for our final week. I'll be sharing a seed of wisdom and a seed of gratitude that I have picked up along our march. I hope you share yours with us by emailing them to seedstoscatter@gmail.com, posting them on our Facebook page, or tweeting them @seeedstoscatter!

  • Seed of Wisdom: I have learned that a small seed can grow beyond our wildest dreams. When I planted this idea, my dream was to get 100 people signed up. Every day for the past forty days, our emails have gone out to over 1,000 people. I had no idea how my seedy little idea might grow! I know each one of you has also scattered seeds over the past 35 days that have flourished in the same way. Most of the time, we don't get to see the fruits of our harvest, but I know that your kindnesses over these past days have not all fallen on fallow ground.

  • Seed of Gratitude: I am so grateful to each one of you who have cast a seed back my way and sent words of kindness via email or Facebook. Sometimes it feels like this blog is just a late-night romance between me and my computer, so it's beyond heart-warming to see evidence of real live human beings on the other end! Thank you!

  • And above all... scatter with love!

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