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 31

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9 more days of seed-scattering to go!

Don't stop now! You're so close! You've almost made it to the finish line!


Seed of Inspiration

#WriterWedney

Each Wednesday, we will bring you a writing from a seedy woman. Plant this seed within to sustain your energy for the march that remains ahead...

Today I'm bringing you several gems from our marchers. The first is a poem from Rev. Lee Self, who is a poet, spiritual director, and pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.)

She says, "Every day I remind myself, "Try not to harden your heart." And then I ask, "Could this fear, pressure, frustration etc be an opportunity in disguise?" Then I take a few moments to watch and listen. Some days a bird sings, I notice the blue sky, hear the laughter of children or simply take a deep breath. Then I often have a little moment of Peace and I remember That is what I need to trust."

Take a moment to center yourself before reading Lee's poem titled, "My Prayer for You During Your Silence:"

Sharefaith

Sharefaith

I hope in the silence you feel again your own sacredness.

I hope your time stirs your wonder and gratitude for the common and miraculous and reminds you of the miraculous in the common.

I hope your time with God reaches deep into you and cures some of what separates you from others, from the beautiful and from God.

May you fall into God’s arms for a while today.

May you come away from that embrace so deeply in awe that you appear a little drunk with love!

May God’s love overwhelm you and fill you to overflowing with a wild compassion that frees you to rejoice in all of life.

Because in that kind of ecstasy the spirit is renewed and all of existence rejoices.
— © Rev. E. Lee Self  6/1/16

The next two gems for you to meditate on were submitted by fellow marcher Suellen. Again, take a moment to center yourself and meditate on this poem.

Oh, for the faith
Of a spider
That begins to spin
The web
Without any thread.
— Mildred N. Hoyer
Public Domain via Pixabay

Public Domain via Pixabay

All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of thing
Shall be well.
— Dame Julian of Norwich, 14th century mystic

The last two gems were submitted by fellow marcher, Marquette.


Seed of Action

#WalletWednesday

Today is our fourth and penultimate "Wallet Wednesday," wherein we encourage you to make a small donation to an organization that works empowers women. We promise, therefore, to refrain from asking donations from you as Action Seeds for the rest of the week. So grab your wallet friends, and give as you are able on this Wallet Wednesday! We also have wallet alternatives listed below as well. ;-)

www.kiva.org

www.kiva.org

Today as your seed of action, we are asking you to make a $0 donation, but we are asking you to make a $25 microloan to a woman in need through Kiva.org, for which you will be repayed. Explore their site, click on "loan" at the top, and you'll see a dropdown menu where you can search for borrowers by gender, region, or category. I picked the "refugee" and "woman" categories, and lent $25 to a woman named Faten who my exact age, but is a Syrian refugee with 5 children, seeking help to jumpstart her clothing store in Lebanon. 

Once you get your $25 back, consider recycling that same $25 by loaning it out again to another woman in need. That same $25 could be used again and again to help women around the world to drastically better their lives! 

We recognize that a $25 amount, even if it will be repayed, is a higher amount than our usual $5-10 Wednesday donation, so we have plenty of wallet alternatives below that support women in business!

Kiva Microfunds (commonly known by its domain name, Kiva.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”

Since 2005, Kiva has crowd-funded more than a million loans, totaling nearly $950 million, with a repayment rate of between 98 and 99 percent. As of November 2013, Kiva was raising about $1 million every three days. The Kiva platform has attracted a community of well over a million lenders from around the world. [...] Kiva itself does not collect any interest on the loans it facilitates and Kiva lenders do not make interest on loans. Kiva is purely supported by grants, loans, and donations from its users, corporations, and national institutions.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiva_(organization)

If you cannot make $25 work into your budget this week, we completely understand. Here are some additional seeds to scatter to support women in business:

  • Spend a few moments researching female business owners in your area online. Write down their restaurants, shops, and businesses in your phone or in your planner so that you make an effort in the future to patronize those businesses.
  • Have you visted an awesome woman-owned business lately? Do you love your female doctor, housekeeper, dentist, personal trainer, accountant, pet sitter, architect, hair stylist, or lawyer? Make sure to leave a great review for that woman online on a review site like Yelp.com, or write her an email or letter of reccomendation/gratitude she can share on her website.
  • Amplify other women's ideas in the workplace. Often women's ideas in meetings fall on deaf ears, only later to be picked up or claimed by men. Female White House staffers during the Obama initiated a strategy to combat this called  "amplification," where they would repeat each other's ideas outloud, giving credit to the its author. You can do it too.
  • We've said it before, and we'll say it again: be a mentor.

Love Notes

  • Share Seeds to Scatter by email or by social media with the links below. After our march, I intend to maintain a monthly or weekly blog (haven't decided yet), with another march during the season of Advent, so we still need new scatterers to join us! Thanks for casting a seed back my way by sharing S2S!

  • Show us your seeds! Share with us images and stories of you scattering seeds by emailing me at seedstoscatter@gmail.com, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us a tweet @seedstoscatter!

  • And above all, scatter with love!

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