Harvest His Blessings: Part 3

A vibrant early evening sunset greets our VBS gardeners this week as inspections commence amid all things green and growing!  What wonders are discovered – and valuable lessons learned!

Our Fruit of the Spirit character value this week is “JOY” and there’s plenty to be had as lush foliage spills out of our planting pools with volumes of miniature – and matured – fruit found!

Just look at these growing watermelons!

We count at least six – and there are unnumbered flowers anticipating bounty yet to be!

Gardening journals in hand, our happy tillers of the soil measure . . .

. . . measure . . .

. . . and measure some more – dare I say, with “JOY unspeakable and full of glory”?

But, our joy is marred – bittersweet and perplexing.  It appears that in our abundance, mysterious bandit bug-a-boos have been eating away at our fledglings, destroying the fruit in infancy.

Miss Jeanette, our lead gardener, is puzzled at the evidence, and commits to investigate further this crime sublime.  Something is eating away and stealing our joy!

It is best – as in our own lives – that when evidence of such uninvited guests like anxiety, depression, fearfulness, anger, discontent and the like invade our watermelon patch of JOY – we prioritize the identification and pursuit of the culprit and root it out, to rescue our coveted fruitfulness, that the Lord be glorified in our lives.

Speaking of rooting out – here we have just the thing – young gardeners weeding their plots of plants.  This is regular maintenance that must be seen to daily.  Weeds happen.  Should they proliferate, they will gorge themselves on soil nutrients, stealing away the necessities of life from the roots of fruitfulness.

“Mrs. Getty . . . answers the question, ‘What is a weed?’ by this statement, ‘A weed is a plant out of place.’  A keen and close observer of nature says:  ‘A better definition would be, a plant which has an innate disposition to get into the wrong place . . . this is the very essence of weed character – in plants as in men.  If you glance through your botanical books you will see often added to certain names, ‘a troublesome weed.’  It is not its being venomous or ugly, but its being impertinent – thrusting itself where it has no business and hinders other people’s business – that makes a weed of it.”
Celia Thaxter
An Island Garden
We are challenged to identify, root out, and destroy those bandit bugs and “plants out of place” in the life of a Christian.  Deal decisively with the predators that would steal the JOY of fruitfulness in the Lord!
This was our task last week, when villain rabbits attacked the green beans leaving bare sticks with the hint of life left – worthy sprouts to be coaxed back to fruitfulness.  Fencing was put into place on our two plots.  One fence of defense stood firm and this week we took great joy in seeing leafy life returning to one and all!

However, the plot at the far end had a breach in its fence.  Defenses weak are easily fallen and of no use to barricade from bunnies.  Yet another attack!

Bring out the big stakes this time – and a fortification to be overturned by no wrascally wrabbit was wrought!

We’ll see if the battle is won next week . . .

But, producing the Fruit of the Spirit is our purpose here – and there is JOY enough to be found to that purpose!

Our zucchini squash is growing in starburst formation with edible flowers . . .

. . . and the clear distinction of male and female.  The male flower blooms on a thin stalk for pollination purposes:

But, it is the female’s thick stalk that IS the fruit of the plant – eventually growing into the zucchini itself.  As with all females of the species – she who bears the fruit of the species:

“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”
Genesis 1:11
Miss Jeanette shares the harvest of fruit from our voluminous tomatoes.  A random number drawing contest produces a winning child who gets to eat from the fruit of the vine and deliver a verdict thereon.

He eats . . .

. . . and is filled with the JOY of the Lord – and a sweet cherry tomato!

Pickling cucumbers and more cherry tomatoes are harvested before the evening ends and two more gardeners take home the spoils, bursting with JOY in the plunder!

There’s more gardening adventure to be had in the weeks to come – and battles to be waged.  But, for this visit, we choose JOY and look ahead to victory and fruitfulness, come bunnies, bugs, or blight!  We know – the JOY of the Lord is our strength!
To be continued . . .

I am sharing Part 3 of Harvest His Blessings with:
Trish’s L.A.C.E. Wednesday at Lily-Rose Cottage
Good Morning Girl’s Women in the Word Wednesday
Laura’s Brag on God Friday at Behold Glory
Charlotte & Ginger on Spiritual Sundays
Graceful’s Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday

NOTE:  All this great gardening and growth in God is happening at Calvary Chapel Vineland

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Everything is looking great. I bet the kids are loving this.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Hi Kathryn, I’ve popped over from LACE and I so enjoyed your analogy of the fruit being attacked and our spiritual lives. How true are those emotions soiling our spiritual lives if we let them. God Bless!

  3. Hi Kathyrn: I love to teach children about gardening. They look like they are having so much fun. Thank you for sharing in the fun. Blessings, Martha

  4. Anonymous says:

    Kathy, This is awesome. God has given you such a gift in writing and taking pictures. I am truly blessed by this in so many ways and I thank our Lord, Jesus Christ for this. Our wonderful Kids at CC Vineland learning and growing in God’s Love.

  5. How wonderful to see the harvest beginning to come in!
    This must be such an encouragement to the kids!
    I like your analogies.
    So very true…
    Thanks for linking up, Kathy 🙂
    bless you..Trish

  6. Hi Kathryn,
    Congrats to the young gardeners for their commitment to maintaining the garden.A good life lesson. It’s nice to see them starting to harvest the fruit…
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  7. Very interesting. How nice for the kids to learn these things at an early age. Love picking cherry tomatoes from the vine and eating them on the spot.

  8. This is great, I LOVE the pools for the raised beds, what a clever idea.

  9. I just love that your VBS kids are gardening together — there are just so many spiritual metaphors to be found in the acting of growing and nurturing living things.

  10. Nicely, Nicely Miss K!

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