GIVE: Growing By The Spirit — Synchronize Your Growth Plans

GIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Dr. Pennie Murray

Synchronize Your Growth Plans

© 2010 Pennie Murray

April 13, 2010

imageI’ve learned that life is always about refocusing, repositioning and redirecting ourselves for greater opportunity, growth and insight. This means knowing the best time to plant (invest our energy and efforts) in order to achieve our greatest growth (benefiting from our efforts).

This weekend I was in the bookstore (my favorite hobby) when I came across the Farmers’ Almanac. I remember seeing this book in my grandmother’s house all the time when I was going up. I’m not sure why, but I picked a copy up and started going through it.

As I browsed the pages I could hear my grandmother’s voice explaining to me why she planted her vegetables on certain days and why she canned and preserved on others. I remember my hair stylist of 13 years (until she passed away) cutting my hair only when the moon was waxing (growing); and my grandfather who used the almanac to determine what day and time made for “good” fishing. As I continued to browse through the book, I came across the most fascinating information—the Almanac’s “Calendar of Best Days For…

Totally intrigued by the information, I found a chair to sit down and absorb it all. Then an older, friendly gentleman set down next to me. Commenting on my amazed look, he asked me if this was the first time I had read the almanac. I told him about my experiences and he gave me an ear full.

One thing he shared that intrigued me most was how the almanac was also used by people to start or end personal goals and plans. He then looked at me and firmly said, “You should always start something you’re passionate about on the first quarter moon of the month.” I have to admit the firmness of his voice and his advice rattled me a bit. As he continued to share his experiences and wisdom regarding the almanac, I couldn’t help but think about the correlations between what he was saying and my desires for growth and advancement. He ended with, “You know—you can find most of the almanac information on-line.” And of course I couldn’t wait to get home to check out the on-line version of the almanac, but more importantly, I wanted to know why he so strongly suggested that I always start an important project on the first quarter moon of the month.

The older gentleman was right, the Almanac’s “Calendar of Best Days For…” is there, so check it out. Because of the man’s strong admonishment to start anything important on the first quarter moon, I researched a few websites about the phases of the moon and their meanings. I found that a New Moon is associated with Beginnings; a Crescent with Initiative. The First Quarter Moon is associated with Growth; a Gibbous Moon with Perfection, and a Full Moon with Clarity. These are all growth phases of the moon—and according to some behavioralists humans are affected by the lunar cycle.

But let me go back to the first quarter moon, which represents the time in the planting cycle of great growth. It seems that during this phase, as individuals we are capable of being more intentional in building up ourselves and others. Also during this phase of the moon, we’re able to exert our greatest efforts in order to achieve our goals, and bring them into reality, even in the face of opposition. However, this growth phase is not without a struggle, because the old will rarely give in gracefully.

In this age of technology, I know most would view the almanac method as passé. But for me, I believe scripture says it best,

“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 KJV).

Now, I don’t know if this almanac/lunar stuff is wacky or not, but I do know my grandmother’s jarred foods and garden was the best! My grandfather was the best fisherman I knew, and I have yet to find a hairstylist as great as my first. I used to always say I wished I had God’s clock so I could synchronize my clocks with His. Maybe by using the almanac method, my personal plans of growth and prosperity can at least come in alignment with God’s universal cycle of growth.

Anyway, I’ve got a project I’m passionate about and I’m going to apply the almanac method of growth. For now, I’m going to do some yard work—the almanac says this is the “best” day for killing weeds.

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2 Responses

  1. Well said!!!
    I’m reminded of Jeremiah 29:11
    Jeremiah 29:11 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
    11I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.

  2. Pennie, I love, love, love this post. My fave line “Maybe by using the almanac method, my personal plans of growth and prosperity can at least come in alignment with God’s universal cycle of growth.” Being in tune with God’s timing … yes!

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