Monday, October 29, 2012

Prayer Encouragement: "Harvest Time" by SkyMom, Terrie Chevaillier

Harvest Time

 Let us not become weary in doing good,
 for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up
Galatians 6:9

Have you ever had the opportunity to teach your children about sowing and reaping?
From young children to older, I believe that God gave us the ability to understand
a very important truth by watching the seed.
When planted, a seed needs to be covered up with dirt so that we cannot see it.
This gives it a place to germinate.
Depending on the seed, some need a period of dormancy before they can sprout and emerge up from the ground. 
The definition of dormancy is: Lying asleep or as if asleep.
Latent, but capable of being active.
Do your children every get discouraged and feel like the fruit of their good choices are as if asleep….seeming to bear no fruit.
Sometimes, just as the seed, the seeds of good character put into practice
day after day tend to lay dormant for a season.
Even though we cannot yet see the fruit of the daily choices,
Something beautiful is taking place and will emerge into something
bigger and more amazing than what was every planted.
Sowing seeds of hard work by disciplined study habits and prioritizing
allow you to reap a harvest of choices instead of a harvest of limitations
when it comes time to possibly apply for a college.
Sowing seeds of faith in friend choices by refusing to follow the crowd
allows one to reap a harvest of right relationships instead of wrong ones.
Sowing seeds of encouraging words over ones that tear down allow us to reap a harvest of truth:  God’s Word and His promises coming to light in our situations.
Think about how when you plant a seed, you never see it come up from the ground.
It would be rare to be standing there at just the time it poked it’s head through the dirt
and see movement of a stem emerging.
And so it is with doing good.
We often don’t get to see the fruit of it until one day, we wake up and there it is.
Let’s Pray God’s Word:
Dear Father, thank You that You promise a harvest.
Sometimes my children get weary of doing good.
Often, I get weary of doing good.  I forget that disciplining them is good.
I get weary of saying the same things to them day after day.
I desire for their harvest to be plentiful and abundant.
However, it seems that sometimes, they cannot even imagine 
the harvest that is coming or possible for them.
In the stages of their development, it is often hard for them and for me to see the future and what good could be.  Choices made today greatly affecting somewhere down the road…tomorrow.
I want their tomorrow to be full of all that You intended it to be.  Every seed bearing full blooms that blossom for Your Kingdom.
Your Word gives us comfort that when we become weary…to not give up.
It lets us know that we will become weary.
When they do and I do, please lead us to Your Word for strength to keep on going.
For You say that if we do….that there is a PROPER time to reap as we trudge through
the weariness.
I want to wait for the proper time.
I want them to wait for the proper time.
Help me not to push, and cause them to become weary as a result of my 
own desires for performance or perfection.
The proper time would mean faith in Your time.
The proper time would be looking hopefully and expectantly with thanksgiving
as we wait for the seeds to take full bloom.
Help me to wait for the harvest that You have coming at just the
proper time.
~Terrie Chevaillier

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