Posts tagged ‘Harvest’
I have been harvesting broccoli, cabbage, yellow squash, kohlrabi, rutabaga and potato from what I call GreenGinger’s Green Garden. The beans are about ready to harvest and I hope to get some put up before a brief vacation.
I will give more up dates in August and of course, you are welcome to stop by to help with some of the work.
On a spiritual plane, we must remember the fields that are white with harvest.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest fields.”(Luke 10:2 NIV)
The cornucopia pictured here is also known as the horn of plenty. It displays the abundance of harvest. It is filled with fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains and one can’t help but be thankful for all God provides.
With Thanksgiving upon us, I am reminded of another type of harvest written about in the Bible. ‘The Harvest is the end of the Age…(Matthew 13 : 39 NIV)
One of the songs of Thanksgiving in our church hymnal is “Come Ye Thankful People, Come” The second verse of this song is,
“All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto to His praise to yield; wheat and tares together sown, Unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, Then the full corn shall appear. Lord of harvest, grant that we Whole-some grain and pure may be.”
The third verse continues: “For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day All offences purged away;
Give His angels charge at last In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store In His garner evermore.”
I’m looking forward to a Horn of Plenty Harvest and that I will be able to thank God for taking me home.
How about you? Are you looking forward to an abundant Harvest?
Harvest of this year’s fruits and vegetables are winding down as the season moves towards the next. And I can’t bring myself to say what that’s called at this time; it’s too grevious.
I now have stuffed peppers that are put up in the freezer for later. God surely has provided. Any one for some of the pepper bonanza?
The on-line dictionary defines it as:
1. an extremely plentiful or over-sufficient quantity or supply
The picture above is an example of abundance. An abundance of blackberry fruit.
Similar to the blackberry abundance, is spiritual abundance.
To understand this concept better, I opened my Bible to the 15th chapter of John.
In verse 5 Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
He didn’t say a little fruit, he said “much fruit”. That’s abundance.
Staying connected to Jesus is the key to abundance in our spiritual life.
In my next post I will expand in more detail how you can stay connected to Jesus and “bear much fruit”.
Yes, as you might guess from the picture of berries in this basket, I’m still picking blackberries. But, as I promised to tell you in the earlier post, this is what I’ve done with the bounty so far.
I baked cobblers, a blackberry kuchen served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm peach sauce, blackberry bars and made blackberry jam and jelly.
What an abundance of fruit!
Do you know we can have an abundance in our spiritual lives too?
What is spiritual abundance?
In my next post of the Blackberry Harvest, I will tell you how you can have abundance.
Have you ever played a game at a party where you tried to guess what the surprise was and another participant asked,”Is it bigger than a breadbox?” This phrase was popularized by the comedian Steve Allen when hosting the game show, “What My Line?” At the time of airing this popular television program, the concept of a breadbox was well-known.
Would most people today know what a breadbox looks like? Certainly, you could “Google” the term breadbox and find a variety of vintage breadbox selling on E-Bay. You could also find a fancy new breadbox online for about $100. Or you might find one at a garage sale.
This past Sunday afternoon, I stopped at a garage sale after church. Normally, I would not be browsing the lawns, driveways or garages in my neighborhood on Sunday, but I was flagged by a huge sheet of plywood. ” “SALE” was painted in red letters almost the size of the piece of wood. I put my car in reverse, (not recommended when cars have to go around you), and pulled in the driveway behind another treasure hunter.
The need for more chairs around the dining table was in the back of my mind, but there wasn’t a seat in sight. What drew me further amongst the array of items was an old box. This was not your average garage sale find, it was made for a specific purpose and the sweet lady hosting the event offered its history.
She explained that it was once used to deliver bread. She showed me the embossed letters spelling “Vim Bread Company” on the lid. I couldn’t believe my ears or my eyes. It was just what I needed! Not to sit on, of course. I needed it to place the bread I baked in for the Bread of Life Ministry.
” The Bread of Life Ministry” was titled as such because it describes the act of ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my neighbors. I have gone door to door in hopes of giving a loaf bread that had been wrapped in foil and placed in a plastic bag. Information was inserted into the bag that includes who I am, the recipe and a connect card from the Nazarene Church I attend.
This idea came from a lovely lady I never met. In a Revival service I had attended, an Evangelist, Lane Loman, retold the story of his beloved mother, Pearl Loman. Pearl was a modern-day disciple of Christ who took the Great Commission seriously. She would go door to door showing her neighbors God’s love and giving them a loaf of bread she baked. Ladies, this was before bread machines and the convenience of Harvest Bread.
I hope to accomplish the same result as she: lives brought to Christ and transformed into His image. Some of the families in her neighborhood had made the decision to accept Christ as their Savior after praying with them.
What would happen to our neighborhoods today, if there were others who followed the example of this humble lady?
Those that make the effort to fulfill the Great Commission will have abundant joy in the Harvest, bringing their sheaves with them.