Are you enjoying November? I sure am! It is still 80 plus degrees here in southern AZ so I can still soak up plenty of sunshine without a jacket! I love it!!! I decided it would be fun to count down to Thanksgiving with a story/article a day to remind us of the power of harvest time, trust in the Providence of God, thanksgiving and gratitude. So here’s Story/Article #1. It comes from the Ensign, September 2012. It is called The Harvest Will Come.
It tells about the Filipponi family who live on a farm in Argentina. They see firsthand the power that comes from planting and tending seeds, both literally and physically. Here are some principles we learn from their story:
1. Harvest time always comes! God’s harvest time is sometimes different from man’s, so we have to be patient and obedient in our work, never giving up hope in God or giving in on our standards.
2. You can’t expect a harvest of good crops unless you plant good seeds and work hard to tend to them every day. Spiritual crops of peace and prosperity come from planting the gospel principles of paying tithing, getting an education, honoring the Sabbath Day, and working hard.
3. The physical crop of good health comes in part from obeying the Word of Wisdom.
4. The social crop of esteem from your fellow man comes from standing for your values and being friendly.
5. When we obey God’s commandments, He blesses us by opening the windows of heaven for us.
6. When we obey God’s commandments, He allows us to become instruments in His hands.
I know this is so true! We had financial troubles a few years ago. We paid our tithing and kept the commandments through all of it. We also increased our temple worship, using names for the temple work that I had researched on my own and submitted. (That’s another story for another day.) God did come through on his promise that if you pay your tithing, the windows of heaven will be opened for you (see Malachi 3:10). You won’t have room enough to receive it all. This is so true!!!!We were blessed with so many material goods during this time, that several times I had to dejunk because I simply had too many things. We had many spiritual blessings as well. My oldest son and daughter both got scholarships to college. We got out of a car payment and were able to get a used car for cash and we haven’t had a car payment since. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law gave us a van so then we were able to have two cars with no car payments. My oldest son served a mission and helped people come to Christ in the waters of baptism. We all increased in our knowledge, health, and friendship. I know these blessings all came from God and I thank Him for His loving care.
I would love to hear your thoughts on gratitude. What blessings do you see come from being grateful, acknowledging God, and keeping the commandments? I will be posting a story a day, which all come from the LDS Church magazines. These stories are referred to in my upcoming ebook, The Celestial Guide to Family Devotionals, which will be coming out in December. Watch for it! It will help you with FHE, homeschool morning devotionals, Sunday firesides, and dinner time conversations.