Autumn: Reaping Your Harvest

The beginning of Autumn brings to mind a very important word for Christians: Harvest.

We are told that we will reap what we sow and as autumn begins- Will you see the benefits of what you have sown in your life? In the last year? In the last week? What seeds of love, wisdom and righteousness have you sown and have you tended to those seeds so that you will have a blessed harvest?

There’s a reason there are thousands of quotes about harvest season, the change we see externally should be the same change we see within our hearts. Gratitude for the things we can harvest because have been intentional and seeking God’s will in our lives.

 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

 

If you are seeking wisdom in how to harvest God’s blessings in your life, these books, devotionals and journals will start you on the path of a wise farmer.

 

Seedtime & Harvest, by Charles Capps

 


Plant the seed of God’s truth in your own life and the lives of others. God’s Word is incorruptible seed, and when you learn to speak His promises, it goes into your heart to grow and produce a harvest of blessing.

 

 

 

 

How to Reap Your Harvest Study Notes, by George Pearsons and Gloria Copeland

 

How wrong would it be for a farmer to allow a crop to be left standing in the field to rot? That would be ridiculous! Every farmer knows that a harvest doesn’t jump into the barn by itself. It is his responsibility to reap the harvest. The very same principle applies to us.

So many are frustrated with their giving. I have given and given and given, but am not seeing the results. I guess it’s just not working for me. “I felt the same way until I discovered the missing link. We can’t just be good sowers. We must be good harvesters as well. According to Scripture, harvesting is our responsibility – not God’s.” – Pastor George Pearsons.

Join Gloria Copeland and Pastor George Pearsons with this study-note accompaniment to the 10-part CD or DVD series, How to Reap Your Harvest. Our topics include:

      • The Missing Link
      • Created to Harvest
      • Rules of Reaping
      • Harvest Essentials
      • It’s Time to Reap Your Harvest!

 

Determine today that you are not just a good giver. You are going to become a good reaper, as well.

 

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” – Samuel Butler

 

How People Grow: What The Bible Reveals About Personal Growth, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

 

In the spring of his sophomore year in college, the future Henry Cloud envisioned for himself dissolved into questions too pressing to ignore about his career path and his relationships. This time of personal turmoil set him on a path of inquiry and discovery into the heart of the Bible–a journey that Dr. Cloud and his partner, Dr. John Townsend, have taken through the years. What they found out about how God produces change and growth in our lives did more than surprise them. It has formed the bedrock for their entire approach to counseling.

In How People Grow, Drs. Cloud and Townsend give you age-old keys to growth from the Scriptures, with life applications that may be different from what you’ve always thought and were told. Whether life is going well or whether you’re struggling in some area, the insights in this book are essential to progressing spiritually, relationally, and emotionally. How People Grow shows you why all grow ht is spiritual growth, and how you can experience such growth in ways you never thought possible.

 

Chapters include:

Part I. Paradise Lost

      • Harder Than I Thought
      • Seeing the Big Picture
      • How the Big Picture Affects the Small
      • Part II. The Master Gardner: The God of Growth
      • The God of Grace
      • Jesus: Our Example for Living
      • The Holy Spirit

Part II. The Master Gardner: The God of Growth

      • The God of Grace
      • Jesus: Our Example for Living
      • The Holy Spirit

Part III. Finding The Best Climate

      • God’s Plan A: People
      • Open Spaces: The Power of Acceptance
      • Getting to the Warmth of Forgiveness

Part IV. The Path of Growth

      • The Gardener’s Handbook: The Bible
      • No Pain, No Gain: The Role of Suffering and Grief
      • Growing Tasty Fruit: Becoming a Righteous Person
      • The Value of Pruning: Discipline
      • Water from a Deeper Well: Spiritual Poverty
      • Following the Gardener: Obedience
      • Pulling the Weeds: The Problem of Sin and Temptation
      • Facing Reality: How Truth Deepens Growth
      • Putting on the Gloves: The Importance of Activity
      • Waiting for the Harvest: Time
      • Conclusion: Growth for Life

 

 

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide To Growing An Intentional Life, by Lara Casey

A flourishing life is possible, especially to those who are perpetually imperfect.

Women constantly feel like the key to a meaningful life is to have it all together. This leads them to feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and exhausted as they struggle to figure out how to do it. Lara Casey, author, business owner, and mother of three, provides sound grace-filled advice, “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”

Enter into the journey of getting messy in the rich soil of possibility. Embrace the imperfect, grace-filled progress to grow a life of joy.

Cultivate is written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide. Discover wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Along the way you will learn her personal story that will help relieve the pressure to achieve and afford the freedom to move from panning to planting a meaningful legacy.

“It’s in the imperfect—the mess of the dirt–that good things grow,” Casey reminds readers. “Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we.” Learn to embrace the season you’re in, finding balance as you interact in fresh ways with your current life scenarios, with God, and in the communities where you are planted.

 

Chapters include:

Part 1: Prepare Your Garden

      •  Cultivate What Matters – Grace from the Garden: Garden Company
      •  Embrace Your Season – Grace from the Garden: Be the Bees
      •  Dream Like a Gardener – Grace from the Garden: All the Plants I’ve Killed
      •  Nourish Your Soil – Grace from the Garden: Mama Bird Knows Best

Part 2: Dig In

      •  Plant Your Seeds – Grace from the Garden: U-Pick Memories
      •  Grow in the Wait – Grace from the Garden: Metamorphosis
      •  Tend Your Garden – Grace from the Garden: Celebration!
      •  Harvest Contentment – Grace from the Garden: Heirloom Plants
      •  Flourish with Others – Grace from the Garden: Garden Markers
      •  Preserve the Fruit – Grace from the Garden: The Day I Thought I Would Lose the Garden

 

We hope these books and quotes inspire you to follow God’s guidance as you plant a new garden or as you harvest your blessings. If you are a new believer remember no one becomes a farmer overnight, trust God and follow the steps laid out before you. With faith, trust and patience you can have a garden abundant with God’s blessings and fulfilled promises!

 

James 5:7  (NKJV)

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

 

Starting a new garden? Reaping a bountiful harvest? Share your stories and encouragements in the comments below.

 


Kenzie Heidelberg

Hi, I’m Kenzie! I am a native Oklahoman and professional photographer. I hold a degree in Photographic Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and have experience in many areas of photography. I’m super passionate about good food, unique experiences and life hacks.

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