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144-hour nursery

Even though overnight temperatures in recent weeks have dipped just below freezing, Joni has been wanting to get a jump on spring planting.

So, she's giving her green thumb a workout by doing some plantings indoors, then transplanting them outdoors when the weather warms up a bit more.

What started out as small containers of dirt along our window sills have given way to sprouts of green leaves that someday will bring colorful flowers to our yard.

I was thinking of this green incubator in our home the other day when a packet of stuff came for me in the mail from a 144-hour sale that recently wrapped up for children's ministry materials.

It sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true things, but it's not. For $97 we received about $1,200 in materials, including videos, songs, countdowns, curriculum and a bunch of other stuff for children's ministry.

Each sale only lasts 144 hours because of the low price. It works because these publishing and recording companies and artists are at least able to gain an introduction to ministry leaders through the products.

So what's this got to do with the little greenhouse at our house?

Like the little seedlings incubating indoors, it takes time to unpack and process all of the products we've received through this sale.

It's a bit like drinking from a fire hydrant, so we're using what helps us now...and making notes on when and how we'll use the other materials.

In short, it's a 144-hour incubator that will provide hours, days, weeks and months of good things for ministry to children and families.

It all makes me curious about what's up for the next 144-hour sale. Check it out at www.only144.com.

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