Sunday, September 27, 2015

We Plow The Fields, And Scatter


Nevertheless he left not himself without witness,
in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven,
and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
- Acts 14:17 -




We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.

We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food;
no gifts have see to offer, for all Thy love imparts,
but that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.

Chorus
All good gifts around us are sent from heav'n above;
then thank the Lord, O thank Lord for all His love.
- Matthias Claudius -




For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
- Isaiah 55:10, 11 -




There is always a waiting time between the planting of the seed
and the gathering of the fruit or grain.
This is true in spiritual matters as well.
God often has to give us a waiting period for the full bloom of the Spirit's fruit
to be produced in our lives.
- Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck -

Let s not forget about the spiritual harvest in our lives.




Have a lovely and blessed Lord's Day.

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39 comments:

Sola Scriptura said...

What a beautiful post, Stephanie! Thank you for this lovely reminder. Hugs to you, Lauren

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness, I so enjoyed this post, Stephanie. Your images are just beautiful and the words are heartwarming.
Such a wonderful way to start the day with gratitude in your heart. Thank you, friend!

Sandi said...

A wonderful encouragement!

Debbie said...

your images are so lovely, were these taken around your home??? i love all the leaves and i am sooooo ready for fall!!!!!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Beautiful and very inspiring post!!! Thank you Stephanie and have a wonderful day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my friend, you have true fall where you are! Here? It's like SUMMER! I had to open the windows and French doors to let in some air; I am BOILING HOT as I clean my house! Lovely gifts are the seasons from our Lord and Master. Be well my friend, Anita

MELODY JACOBS said...

beautiful
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Andrea Ostapovitch said...

In love with your beautiful, warm Autumn photos!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So lovely and inspiring, Dear Stephanie! Thank you for brightening my day! Hugs and blessings xo Karen

Mari said...

It's been a long time since I heard that song. It was good to hear again, and to be reminded of the spiritual harvest as well.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful post Stephanie and I love your photos! Happy Harvest! xx

Debbie Harris said...

What a bright and cherry post Stephanie!
All that Autumn yellow is gorgeous, isn't it, almost blinding?
Such a great reminder for us to ponder on, and those are great verses in Isaiah.

You have a blessed Lord's day too!
Love you~

Elizabeth said...

How beautiful is this post! Absolutely beautiful! :) I especially loved the quote at the end- how timely it was for me to read that!! And your photos are just stunning!

Thank you for sharing another wonderfully encouraging post- wishing you a lovely and blessed upcoming week!

Sending much love to you <3

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a lovely post and gorgeous photos to accompany the words, sweet friend!
Happy Sunday with love and blessings sent to you.

Vee said...

Loved this so much...the golden light, the cozy home in the forest, and the precious Words.

Vee said...

Loved this so much...the golden light, the cozy home in the forest, and the precious Words.

magnoliasntea said...

Wonderful scripture verses and song, Stephanie! Love the photos, especially the little building with flower boxes and flower pots on the stones. Beautiful.
Have a lovely week!

Jazzmin said...

Thank you so much for allowing me to walk through the woods with you ;) as I read your beautiful post- I am so thankful for this precious reminder that I needed. I am so glad to get to stop by your blog, my dear friend.

Thank you so much for your friendship and for being such a blessing to me. Visiting you is such a joy without fail and has calmed my heart and mind on this busy weekend.

Love and hugs!!

I am thinking of you and pray you have a blessed week ahead♥
Jazzmin

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, your photography in this post is gorgeous with the autumn brilliance and color, Stephanie! And what a precious hymn. Oh that I would remember even in the hard times that every gift is from Him and passes through His hands. May we bloom for Him! Hugs, sweet friend, and best wishes for a wonderful week ahead! But for now, may we enjoy this Lord's Day!

Wanda said...

Stephanie...what an uplifting post. How each word speaks to my soul. Your post is a bright light in a dark world. You bring hope and love to all who come an share in your words. You are a gift to blogland my dear, and how precious that you honor God in every post. Loving you for it. Hugs.

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Your photographs have so many lovely features of fall.
Nice connections between all of the harvests in our life.
Blessings, Nora

Denise said...

beautifully encouraging

Laura Lane said...

What a lovely post and beautiful photos.

Mimi said...

What a gorgeous post Stephanie. And I love that your Mom comes to your blog to tell you she loves you. That makes me smile. Love, Mimi xxx

Alex said...

Yes, it is a time to give deep thanks to the Father of Lights... I love that quote so much.
You inspire a serene and grateful heart, once again I am touched by the golden light in your post dear Stephanie.. How do you do it? Gifted :)
((Hugs))

Bethany Carson said...

Lovely photos, verses, and quotes! Wow, it looks like fall has already come to your area--we are having a beautiful bit of an extended summer here. :)

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: I really like your words. Very inspiring. The photos are beautiful. Keep in touch

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful pictures are those from your land? So much to be thankful for, how he provides in every area of my life! Have a wonderful blessed week!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

These are such lovely fall scenes and the words with these photos are beautiful. It seems like everything is alive again after how hot it was this summer. I'm thankful for the rain.

Minha vida de campo said...

Um lindo lugar para sonhar. Obrigada por compartilhar.
Bjos tenha um ótimo início de semana.

Sister in the Mid-west said...

Thank you Stephanie for sharing the words to this hymn. I had never heard it before. I have spent the last ten minutes listening to some recordings so that I could learn the melody to this song. It has a great, old, metered, easy to learn, tune. I am glad to have learned a new hymn! Thank you! :)

Lynn Bean said...

A lovely post and beautiful pictures! Trust you had a wonderful day! Blessings, Lynn

Kim said...

Glorious photos, glorious Fall sunshine, glorious thoughts!!

Pam Richardson said...

Beautiful, sweet Stephanie! Love the photos as always! Blessings, Pam

SpicingUpIdaho said...

I do so love the changing of the seasons, and fall is definitely a favorite season of mine! Just love the cooler air, the bright contrast of colors, and the cozy warm spicy smells in the kitchen. Beautiful pictures, as always, dear Stephanie, what a joy to read this morning :)

Sheryl S. said...

Looks like you are well into Autumn and we are still having lovely days with people sunbathing on the beach. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and verses.

Heather said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the calm and serene feel to them!

Feral Turtle said...

Very nice Stephanie! Have a great weekend!

JES said...

This is excellent and beautiful! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! May we all have an abundant harvest of spiritual fruit! :)

I have pinned this too!

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