We Will Reap A Harvest

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The crop dust fills the air as the combine goes by for another round. I sit and wait for there to be a good stopping point to hand over a quick lunch in the field. With a full heart, I watch my family harvest. It nearly takes my breath away.

I think about the blood, sweat and tears that is in each crop. I can’t help but think about the incredible faith it takes to be this caretaker of God’s land.

The watching and waiting for all those little seeds. The praying for rain in years when the crops have all but dried up. The praying for no more rain in the years when the fields sit under water for weeks at a time. The praying that nothing more will break down when they are in the middle of planting or harvest and don’t have time to stop to fix a tractor or run for a part. The countless hours of work, from sun up and often until well after that sun goes down. They never give up.

What a crazy way of life, but it is what we know. God chose my family to farm… to be caretakers of the land. What an honor.

This autumn month has brought with it the harvest season. There was a time to plant. There was a time to wait patiently with faith. Now is the time to harvest. Harvest always comes.

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I think this verse is such a beautiful reminder of harvest for each of us.

Don’t give up when the journey seems overwhelming.

Don’t give up when your prayers have not yet been answered.

In due time we will reap. Maybe not on our timeline, but in God’s own time. We will reap a harvest as long as we persevere. The fruits will be seen and enjoyed in their time. God’s blessings overflow!

I would love to share this reminder of harvest with each of you. You can click on the image {a free 5″x7″ PDF printable} and you will be able to open or download it, to then print and use in your own home. Personal use only, please. For those that ask, the print is also available in my shop in an 8×10 size.

In this beautiful autumn season of harvest, how does God just take your breath away?

Created just for you, by Jennifer at StudioJRU.

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  • http://www.middlefingerproject.com/ Aimee@Middle Finger Project

    Such a fantastic verse. I’m not a Christian but the Bible still has so much to offer in its beauty and poetry.

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      One of my favorite verses for encouragement to ‘keep on going’ during discouraging times!

  • http://plantedoak.com kris scorza-sobieski

    living in arizona, the summer’s heat can feel like it is never going to end after months of open the oven door temperatures. then one day in almost october it’s as if cool has finally broken down the door and every year the relief of it surprises you.
    though we know his faithfulness, god’s showing up sometimes feels like it’s never coming, but it always does.
    and the feel of his cool presence making itself known to push back life’s heat. that takes my breath away.
    thank you for the encouragement. i needed to be reminded of harvest. xo

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      So beautifully said, Kris. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • shelly

    I live in New England, and it is fairly impossible to walk outside right now and not be blown away by the beauty that God has created! The visuals, the textures, the clean crisp smell of the air.
    I am in a difficult transition time in my life, but autumn reminds me that even though things die in one season, they come back to life in another.
    Thank you for the words of encouragement. I will reap a harvest one day. This time is not in vain.

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Yes… this time is not in vain! Thank you, Shelly!

  • http://www.fulllifecube.com/ Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

    Thanks for this post! I needed to read this as I spend long hours for one of my God-sized dreams. Soon (approximately 3 weeks), my latest book will be out! It will be harvest time for me.

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      That is so exciting, Teresa! Congratulations on your God-sized dream coming to harvest!

  • http://reneweddaily.com Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily)

    Beautiful word imagery, beautiful image… thank you for sharing both with us today!! Blessings….

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Thank you so much, Shelly!

  • http://permissiontobereal.blogspot.com/ Shauna Letellier

    As a former rural Nebraskan, I’ve prayed for rain to start and stop, and I’ve choked on the dust and chaff of harvest!

    God takes my breath away when He gives an unexpected harvest from my blood, sweat and tears. He reaps the incorruptible harvest of righteousness–the kind that doesn’t rot in a bin : )

    Thanks for the print. My mom will have time to print it since they’re “relaxing” after 3 inches of rain!

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Oh that rain was something! Hasn’t rained like that in so long. Thanks for sharing how He takes your breath away, Shauna… beautiful!

  • Penny

    Thank-you Jennifer,

    For the beautiful gift ,
    Blessings to you,
    Penny

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      You are very welcome, Penny! Thank you!

  • http://stateoftheheartliving.com Caryn Christensen

    God takes my breath away when He answers a prayer when I least expect it…His timing. Thank you for these sweet words of encouragement AND the printable. It’s already framed and on my wall!

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Oh yes… that is breath taking, Caryn! Happy to hear you already printed and framed the print! :)

  • http://www.jollynotes.com Bomi

    Amen. One of my favorite scriptures:)

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Me too, Bomi!

  • Gwen

    As I began to read this I thought oh this sounds so much like Jennifer and I looked ahead and it is!! Curt and I needed this tonight. This exact verse speaks to me. I miss you! My uncle is harvesting soybeans. Out here it will soon be cotton. Harvest is nearly done.
    Blessings to you dear friend. Love Gwen

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      You make my heart smile, Gwen. Happy this was good timing for you and Curt to hear! We are just getting into harvest, but had to stop for the rain that came in!

  • Debra

    Thank you for sharing. It is a lovely reminder of the faithfulness of our God. Wishing you and your family a safe and bountiful harvest. Blessings!

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      You are welcome, Debra! Thank you so much!

  • Stephanie Sherman

    Our family knows exactly how the farming harvest feels as we are right in the middle of praying for the rain to stop so we can finish our corn silage that will feed our cows all winter. Thank you for this encouragement and it is also nice to know we are not alone in any of this. :)

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Yep… harvest has stopped here too for the rain! It does help to know we are not alone. Praying you are able to finish the silage soon, Stephanie!

  • Beth Williams

    God always provides just what we NEED–not what we want! It seems to come on His timetable!

    I love the idea of being a kind of Pioneer woman cooking meals and harvesting crops. There are various ways one can reap a harvest. All we have to do is just keep plugging away and sooner or later a harvest will appear for us!

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Exactly, Beth… so beautifully said!

  • Ashley

    God takes my breath away often, but I am always in awe when he returns me to a prayer to show me how far He has brought me and How He has answered that prayer in such a way that I didn’t even know He was doing it but to look back and see His work is breath taking fore sure. I also love when He gives me insight and I get a glimps of how He worked that out :)

    • http://www.studiojru.com Jennifer Studio JRU

      Oh I love that, Ashley! Those moments that we don’t even realize what is happening until we have the gift of perspective to look back and see Him. A beautiful thing! Thanks so much for sharing!