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This Week's Charlyne Cares For Kids Devotional

Friday, September 23, 2016

PREPARING FOR THE HARVEST
 
Love and truth will belong to God’s people. Goodness and peace will be theirs.  On earth people will be loyal to God. And God’s goodness will shine down from heaven.  The Lord will give his goodness.  And the land will give its crops. Goodness will go before God and prepare the way for him.  Psalm 85:10-13 (ICB)
 
This last week when I drove out to my granddaughters’ farm, I noticed some big changes in the corn and soybeans.  I hadn’t been out there since school started four weeks ago.  That last summer trip, the corn was standing tall and green.  Now it was turning brown, drooping and beginning to dry out.  The culmination of the growing season was coming soon.  They were getting ready for the harvest in that part of the country.
 
It’s always so neat to see the tractors in the field, the trucks filling up with grain, row after row of corn being harvested for future use.  But without all the work that went before, there would be no harvest.  Those farmers had spent countless hours preparing the soil, planting the seeds, cultivating, watering, fertilizing, irrigating and spraying for weeds.  Now they were getting their tractors and harvesters and trucks and bins ready for the harvest.
 
Have you been preparing for a harvest in your own life?  Have you been praying with Mom or Dad for your family to be healed?  Remember that Jesus loves families and He wants to see them healthy and whole, built on the solid rock of his Word, living and loving as God directs. God promises us a harvest if we will do the work ahead of time.  And He doesn’t promise just a harvest, He promises an abundance.
 

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 (NKJV)
 
When Jesus was here on earth, He spent several years preparing his disciples for the harvest.  He didn’t just sit back and expect His Father to do all the work.  No, Jesus was working all the time – with the disciples, with the people, with the leaders and the followers – getting their hearts ready to receive the blessings He wanted to bestow, encouraging their faith, clearing the path, making the sacrifice, preparing them for the great harvest He had planned.
 
How about you?  Are you just sitting back and expecting God to do all the work?  Or are you checking your heart, cleaning up your life, getting ready for the overflow?  Are you praying for Mom or for Dad every day?  Are you showing them unconditional love? The Lord has so many blessings He wants to bestow on us but we have to do our part.  He is saying to us, “You do the possible….I’ll do the impossible.”
 
I pray that you and your family are getting ready for the harvest, too.  I know that you have all done the work diligently.  Getting your hearts soft and ready for your mom or dad to come home.  Planting the seed of unconditional love, cultivating kindness and respect, watering with prayers, and fertilizing with the promises of God.  Spraying for the weeds of bitterness and anger, despair and hopelessness that the enemy tried to sow.  Yes, a lot of work has gone into your stand.  Now it is time to prepare for the harvest.
 

God, the people should praise you. All people should praise you.  The land has given its crops. God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us so people to the ends of the earth will fear him.  Psalm 67:5-7 (ICB)
God bless, 

Kim, a stander in Nebraska

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