Hope in the New Year

Beginning the New Year - Albeit a Little Late...

When 2016 started we were walking through some turmoil – the previous year was so successful, Seeds of Grace was becoming well-known in the community, people were reaching out to us and we did not have to “market” the gardens… And as is the case for so many upstart businesses, nonprofit or otherwise, there was a lot of fear of that growth by the board of directors.

This is not a bad thing… As I was told by one of my well-respected mentors, we were stretching past the capacity of those on the board, and we needed to stretch into a new board. A board who could grasp the vision that Seeds of Grace is simply not just building gardens.  Which we are! We do well! But that’s not all we are… and in order to accomplish all we desire to accomplish – all that God has placed before us, we needed to change out the task-oriented board to a board that is governing, making policy and building our future.

This is what we have been doing over the past year – not just building gardens, but building an organization that doesn’t just fly by the seat of our pants! We are building a strategic plan, revamping our by-laws and building our board continually! (We have a couple of open seats remaining…. Would YOU like to join? CLICK HERE if you would.)

Our plan extends beyond this garden build season! We actually are looking at 2018, 2023, 2028 and beyond! I, as the Executive Director, am not alone in the operation of this organization… there are quite a few people much smarter than me who are helping me now, and I could not be more thankful! God truly knows how to bring people to the task and put a fire under them, so that the mutual vision actually has God’s Glory at the center!

Every day I wonder how God is going to direct me, and every day He is faithful to do so! Every day I pinch myself at what He has done this far – and I do my best to name it all, so that I NEVER forget that there is NO WAY I could have done any of it on my own. So, crazy busy? Yes! Thankfully, I am still crazy busy!

What an incredibly tumultuous year we have had! I have seen so much! Learned so much! Walked through so much! And I can’t wait to see what God brings this year! Happy 2017, Friends!

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