Work, Abundance and Harvest

“The Harvest is plentiful. But the workers are few.”
Matthew 9:37 (NIV)

When I go into my backyard nowadays, I see my overgrown garden. One that is filled with weeds and overgrown plants, including cucumbers that have turned yellow and overwhelming overgrowth. But it wasn’t always this way.

A few months back I first carefully researched and planned what I would plant and where I would plant it. I visualized all of the great crops my plants would produce and all of the fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables I would have. I pictured abundance of produce!

For a little while I kept up with my garden. I tended to it by pruning it, watering it and using fertilizer and insect repellent to ensure that I would have the healthiest plants.

What area in your life do you visualize abundance in? Do you picture abundance, in friends, finances or even your health?

Things are going good, until suddenly the “excitement of expectation” wares off and you are left to do the hard work of either gardening or dieting or exercising or working or whatever else you need to do but don’t feel like doing it.

 The soul of the lazy person has strong desires but gets nothing, but the soul of the one who does his best gets more than he needs. Proverbs 13:4

We tend to give up once the novelty is gone and the excitement has worn off. We still want the reward but not the work.

I decided one day that I didn’t need to water or tend to the garden. Then I decided the same thing the next day, and by the time I went on vacation and came back, the plants were too high, the cucumbers needed picking and I needed to pluck the weeds from the garden. I became overwhelmed and it seemed easier to let it go than to deal with it. I just ignored it and pretended it wasn’t a problem and that it wasn’t there. I knew that I needed to tend to my garden, but I decided I didn’t want to put that effort into it anymore.

We do that with our physical bodies. We do that with our spiritual bodies.

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Proverbs 20:4

If we want to reap the benefits of the harvest, we must be willing to do the work.

We can’t will it to happen overnight. We need to be intentional with our efforts.

I can’t enjoy bountiful produce from my garden without putting in the work. You can’t enjoy the benefits of abundant living without putting in the work.

There is so much potential that awaits us. It is there for us to grasp, but we stop putting in the work because it is hard and isn’t producing results fast enough.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37

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

We can experience the plentiful harvest if we are willing to put in the work.

What is an area of your life that are you willing to start putting in the work to reap the harvest has He has waiting for you?

Blessings friends!

Stephanie Miller



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“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
John 4:34-35 (NIV)

20160319_103959Well, if you are reading this on August 15, we should be in flight back to the U.S. Thinking back on the many trips we’ve taken during the past 7 years, I couldn’t help but to ponder the scripture above that I shared with you last Thursday. Especially in light of my cowardice concerning the ‘jungle”, I saw something I had not noticed before:

Jesus said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest”. I’ve always focused on the harvest when reading this verse, but because of my personal struggle with, I focused this time on the word “field”. Then I remembered that the field can be a dangerous place sometimes. Rodents, spiders, and snakes are famous for lurking around trying to steal a meal.

I remember one day when our boys were little. While in the back yard, working in our vegetable garden, I noticed a monster snake looking for a snack. We planted those beans to help feed our family during the winter season, so in my mind, that enemy was in my back yard, near my playing children, trying to steal the food right out of their mouths – with me watching! Lurking where my children played meant that devil didn’t have a chance of survival! Grabbing the garden hoe, I beat that snake to death… and then chopped him into little bitty pieces. He looked like a pile Vienna sausages when I got through with him.

As scared as I was of that monster, I didn’t give in to him. The passion of a mama to protect her children overrides temporary danger.

In John 10:9-10, Jesus said the enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to steal our children, kill our marriage, and destroy our family. Many of us have not recognized the enemy’s existence on our home field and have become apathetic because of it. But look around! Families are breaking apart like never before because the enemy has entered unnoticed. We can’t afford the price of apathy any longer. And we sure can’t afford the price of fear in battling that enemy.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Whether you’re in another country on mission, or sitting behind your desk at work, the fields around you are ripe– ready for harvest. Yes, it may feel somewhat scary or dangerous to step in to territory the enemy now occupies, but we must because time is short.

Besides, far too often we see the enemy threat much greater than it really is. Because that  ‘monster’ snake I just told you about – turned out to be a whopping 12” long. J

God has given us everything we need to share Jesus with those in our ‘field’ – our sphere of influence. Don’t let the threat of any enemy, real or imagined, keep you from entering the harvest field!

He is able you know!

Until Next Time,

Your Traveling Partner,


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Until Next time,

Your Traveling Partner,


Jesus Gave Specific Instructions

“These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Luke 10:2  (NLT)

kerala-tea-field-1462503, Jesus Gave Specific InstructionsHere we see Jesus giving His disciples specific instructions. God was sovereign enough not to send them out blindly but to provide guidance and direction. As we go throughout our daily lives choosing to live each moment on mission for Christ, praise God for the guidance and instruction He provides us, and pray that He will continue to make us sensitive to His leading and direct our every step.



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