Sunday, October 30, 2011

Harvest Your Blessings

The theme this month over @ christianwriters blog chain is harvest.
Be sure to check out all the great posts. Links on the right.

For my harvest theme I have chosen to write about harvesting your blessings.

One of my favorite sayings is 'How to Plant Your Garden' (author unknown). It is a great reminder of the harvest of blessings we can receive. I want to expand on the different ways we can reap what we sow.

We can harvest our blessings and reap great rewards.

How to Plant Your Garden
First, you come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses

For the garden of your daily living,
Plant three rows of peas:
1. Peas of mind
 2. Peas of heart
 3. Peas of soul 

Plant four rows of squash:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness 

Plant four rows of lettuce:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

No garden is without turnips:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

To conclude our garden we must have thyme:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends 

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.
-- Author Unknown 

Harvest your peas:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1:2 NIV

When you harvest peas within yourself, you will reap the rewards of peas of mind, peas of heart and peas of soul. Peas is something the Lord gives to you in abundance. He wants you to plant it in your spiritual garden for it to grow. If you don't cultivate your "row" of peas your spiritual garden will wither and your peas will die.

Tend to your peas of mind. Don't let your thoughts grow like weeds or unwanted vines.
Tend to your peas of heart. Don't let your heart die on the vine.
Tend to your peas of soul. Don't let your soul wither in the scorching sun.

Your "peas" are what grows in your garden, but only if your tend to them. Grow what the Lord planted...grow your peas.

 Harvest your squash:

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 NIV 
 The Lord planted squash in your spiritual garden for many reasons. He wanted you to cultivate compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. In order for your garden to produce a bounty of goodness you have to grow a variety of squash.

Squash gossip. Gossip is your spiritual garden's worse enemy. It's like a parasite that will infest your crop. Gossip will fester throughout your blessing harvest unless you plant squash. Squash gossip. Let your blessings grow into kindness.
Squash indifference. When you grow indifference in your spiritual garden you cultivate lack of interest, concern, or sympathy. You can't harvest your blessings when you grow indifference. Clothe yourself with compassion and gentleness. Put your gardening clothes on and dig deep into the soil of your garden to find your blessings.
Squash grumbling. When you cultivate grumbling in your spiritual garden you cannot harvest the blessing of patience. Grumbling is like hard, cracked ground you cannot till. Patience cannot sprout unless you plant squash. If you want to harvest the blessing of patience sow squash.
Squash selfishness. Humility...does it grow in your spiritual garden? Do you sow humility or reap selfishness? The Lord planted squash in your spiritual garden so humility could flourish, not selfishness. The harvest of a selfish person is one of  an empty harvest. When you grow humility you harvest many blessings. Your bounty will overflow as the Lord intended. Tend to your spiritual garden and plant squash...

Harvest your lettuce:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails... I Corinthians 13:4-8

I Corinthians 13 verses 4-8 says it all when it comes to planting lettuce in your spiritual garden.

Lettuce be faithful. Faithfulness is a wonderful blessing you can cultivate in your spiritual garden. The harvest you reap when you are faithful servants will be abundant. Till your garden with the seeds of faithfulness from I Corinthians 13:4-7. Lettuce be faithful tenders of our spiritual gardens.
Lettuce be kind. Kindness is another blessing you can reap from our spiritual garden. When you reap kindness you will harvest the seeds of blessings the Lord has sown for you. Sow your garden with the seeds of kindness from I Corinthians 13:4-7. Lettuce be kind tillers of our spiritual gardens.
Lettuce be patient.  Is patience growing in your spiritual garden?  Love is one of the blessings patience will yield from your harvested garden. It's a wonderful reward for all your hard work you put into growing a beautiful garden. Patience tends to need more TLC when you cultivate it. It can't or won't grow if not properly taken care of. Water your seeds of patience with I Corinthians 13:4-7. Lettuce be patient observers of our spiritual gardens.
Lettuce really love one another.  Love is what holds your spiritual garden together. It is what you harvest. It is what you should sow. It is what you should reap. Love is the blessing you should harvest. Plant love from I Corinthians 13:4-7 in your garden filled with weeds and brambles. Lettuce really love one another so we can be harvesters of many blessings.

Harvest your turnips:

"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning," Luke 12:35 NIV

Turnips are root vegetables that are planted deep within the soil, just as you are planted deep within your spiritual garden. The Word of God nourishes your spiritual garden. It is sown with seeds of love, hope and faith. When you reap what has been planted you also reap a harvest of blessings.

Turnip for meetings. This important turnip provides your spiritual meal. You can feast on the harvest of the Word. You need to cultivate it daily. It's harvest will bring you a bounty of blessings. Be rooted in this turnip.
Turnip for service. Giving service to others is a rich reward from your spiritual garden. When you serve others you serve the Lord. You reap what you sow. The harvest of your service is the blessing of your time and effort. Be a turnip for the Lord.
Turnip to help one another.  Turnips are profound elements to any spiritual garden. Your garden needs them. When you till your spiritual garden, till your neighbors. When you cultivate your spiritual garden, remember your neighbor. You plant, your sow and you reap for the purpose of harvesting blessings, but your spiritual garden is not only yours, but your neighbors. Turnip to help one another and reap the benefits of your harvest.

Harvest your thyme: 

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...  
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV easily it is to forget to plant it in your spiritual garden. Thyme needs to be harvested to enrich your blessings.

Thyme for each other. When you plant thyme in your spiritual garden, plant enough to share. It is a precious commodity, but one that needs to be shared. Harvest with care.
Thyme for family. Plant the seeds of thyme for family. This thyme is the most rewarding of the harvest you will reap. You will receive many blessings from this gift of thyme.
Thyme for friends. In cultivating the seeds of thyme for friends, you not only enrich their lives, but yours as well.

There is a thyme for everything. Their is the sowing of thyme, the cultivating of thyme, the reaping of thyme and the harvest of thyme. With each comes the blessings you have brought forth from your spiritual garden. Don't let thyme pass you by...

Christian, Christian quiet content, how does your garden grow? 



chris said...

I must say Debra that I've read some excellent posts this month on the Harvest but this one is my favorite by far! Vey meaningful and helpful, I can tell that you put forth a tremendous effort, it really shines brightly with Love. Thank you Debra!!

Anne said...

Love this post, Debra - wow! You have such an inspirting and beautiful blog. Thank you for checking mine out and being the first to join. I am now following you, too! God bless you and have a great Sunday.

Jack Brown said...

lovely take on Harvest....well placed in a lovely blog site

biiiiig hug


Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

I love it. All great thoughts!

Moon Child said...

Food for spiritual thought.

Bethe77 said...

Thank you! I have seen this poem before. But... I must say your post for the Harvest is excellent! Well put together. Love how you have thoughtfully showed us how to harvest each one faithfully.
Many blessings

Darla said...

Such a beautiful peace and full of wisdom. Life really is a garden and we only reap what we'ves sown. I enjoyed reading this.

Sheila Odom Hollinghead said...

Cute pictures to go with your lovely words. Thanks for sharing!

brenda said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful post. Truly inspired. Of course, the images are perfect and matched the sentiment. Nicely done. A post to send out next fall of glossies, seriously.

Marilyn said...

Loved this post. Absolutely. THANKS

Tracy Krauss said...

This is so cute! There's a lot of wisdom within the whimsy. I've read/heard something similar and it certainly fit in well with this months theme.

Traci B said...

Fantastic poest, Debra. I love the wordplays and the use of Scripture. Great take on the month's topic. :)

Carol Peterson said...

Oh Debra - this was so much fun! Thank you for this wonderful word fun!

M. L. Archer said...

I LOVED this post! Great fun, Debra!

Cindee Snider Re said...

Lovely, Debra! So nice to stop here today and simply enjoy a moment of "peas." Bless you!

Christine Henderson said...

Like your new design and the great poem (new to me)about planting your life. As I'm a few days behind I'm also reading the posts ahead. Good luck on daily posting!

Scott Fields said...

You forgot a row of begonias—as in, "Begonia worthless feelings of discouragement!"

Well . . . I tried, anyway. Not as good at it as you are (or as "Author Unknown" is—man, that guy's written a lotta quotable stuff, hasn't he?). Fantastic spin on the harvest theme, and a good reminder to keep our "garden" in order.

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