Harvesting Summer Veggies & Parable of the Sower

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Our kids have been learning in real time, the principle of sowing and reaping, something I’ve written about before a couple of years ago in a more figurative way, rather than a literal way.  And yes – that is an insanely giant cucumber (and it’s the 2nd one in two weeks)!!  :O  this one was hiding in the corner, but once I can catch smaller ones they’ll be used for creating different kinds of sweet pickles (bread & butter is my favorite)!!  There’s also 7 picked tomatoes in varying stages of redness & ripening!

One zucchini lasted in a meal of bean & beef chipotle-style burritos for a whole week!

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Did I mention how much I love gardening!?!?  😀  Even a relatively small garden can yield a lot for a family!

Using the herbs in pizza-making at home!  They love the basil ❤

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And we love the jalapenos!

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I love how this example of sowing seeds, planting a garden, tending it every day and watching things grow, and finally reaping a harvest of delicious things to eat (!!), applies to the spiritual realm as well.

“Do not be deceived: God will not be mocked, a man will reap what he sows, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.

So we must not get tired or weary of doing goodfor we will reap at the proper time if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:7-10

For we will reap at the proper time… If we do not give up.  That’s so hard to see sometimes, and I know from what Ame has said before, that holding on to promises like that actually get harder the older one gets!

The older you get, and perhaps the more you’ve seen of how nasty human nature can truly be, it seems like it can get easier to be tempted away.  Starting out well and ending well are two different things, with the latter being much harder.

Christians are sometimes unfortunately the best people at turning away others from Christ. So it’s best to teach our children that even if they have to wait until Heaven to finally get to, “see,” what they reaped, it’s worth sowing goodness, love, and good works based on faith in the here and now.

When studying the Proverbs 31 woman, she not only sowed goodness into her life and the life of others and her household, she showed seeds that extended perhaps for generations as she literally built up the sons and daughters that would come from her children!

What in an inspiration, to not get tired or weary if doing good, for we’ll reap when it’s the proper time if we don’t give up.

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2 Comments

  1. So I was seriously just talking about this passage at lunch today – you know it is one of my favorites! I say this all the time when people talk about “sacrifice,” most recently about helping businesses and family friends through this economic depression. People say, I wish I could do more, but I don’t know what tomorrow looks like. And I was saying, I know what tomorrow looks like. It looks like what we are planting today has sprouted. You plant fear, and you will get devastation. You plant hope and love and hospitality, and you get flourishing. It’s also the most effective way to discipline children who are making bad decisions, FWIW – I tell my daughter when she is being naughty (which thankfully is rare) to decide what kind of day she wants to have and then decide how to act in the moment.

    I love that your kids love basil. One year, I planted seven different types of basil in our garden. I could wear it as perfume and be happy.

  2. Wow seven different kinds!!!! We only have two, but I agree they smell heavenly (kids think it’s just because I love pizza LOL 😂).

    And yes, we just used it to illustrate to our oldest about behavior – it really hurts right to the point without having to lecture them. He gets it, and it really does help him to make good/better choices afterwards.
    ❤️❤️❤️

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