Monday, September 11, 2017

Harvesting My Summer

What Have I Done With My Summer?

That is the question, is it not for all of us?

"The Joy of Harvest" from Isaiah
  • Vacations: besides the fun and joy of being with family, did I do what I could to encourage my loved ones toward godliness? Did I lift up their spirits? Did I speak words of kindness rather than criticism? Did I show appreciation for the glorious scenery, the wonder of their smiles and the good times?

  • Church Camps: Did I do my part in celebrating the spirit of revival in hearts? Did I take the time to speak to those fighting trials and disheartening times? Did I enthusiastically participate in events to encourage others to do the same? 

  • Home Life: Did I keep up with devotions? Did I ask for help when needed, whether from my God or from others who were willing to do so? Did I accomplish what I planned on doing throughout these weeks? Have I grown spiritually, mentally, and even physically (by keeping up with the right training and eating for me?

  • Ministry Work: Whether in weekly church services and/or events such as Vacation Bible School, etc., or special services of music or ministry, did I volunteer willingly? Did I put my all into the work, or begrudgingly complain that I was too busy; why couldn't someone else do something? Was my heart totally lifted up to HIM in obedience? 

Can I say positively "yes" to all these questions (and more)? Probably not. Have I learned lessons I needed through these past three months that have taught me to be more willing, less out-spoken, more encouraging, etc? I hope so. 

Whether we had a busy, constantly on-the-go summer or quiet, relaxing times alone, we need to be vigilant in keeping ourselves ready and obedient to harvest what God has for us. 

And it's never too late! :)  Autumn is coming--the time of reaping. Let us look forward to good times ahead. 

Abundant blessings!

About Carole:

Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole is an award winning author and enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons? 



  1. Thanks for a great Monday morning devotional. I love your statement that "Autumn is coming--the time of reaping"
    God's blessings to you Carole.

    1. Thanks, Connie. You're always so encouraging.

  2. Thank you for a great post, Carole. Our time passes quickly, let us make the most of it.

    1. Time truly does pass quickly, as we experience every month! Thanks so much for the encouraging remark.

  3. Occupy till I come as the Lord commanded us. As I see the farmers ready for harvesting of crops, this devotional is a reminder of the harvest field for souls. Thank you.

  4. Thank YOU for commenting, and yes, occupying is what is required of us! Happy harvesting!