Bountiful Harvest (2 Cor 9:6) By Rosemary Bernth

10 Aug Bountiful Harvest (2 Cor 9:6) By Rosemary Bernth

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors. LIFE Minute radio.

“Brothers and sisters: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”~ 2 Cor 9:6 (full readings)

Rosemary’s Reflections: Although I never grew up on a farm, living in the Heartland had taught me lessons in growing crops: when to plant, when to harvest, keeping an eye on the weather, etc. These also can be applied to growing a fruitful life– if you sow hate and despair, what do you think you’re going to get back? The same goes for love–if you only love your friends and family, chances are it will only stay in those acres. But if we grow love in the hearts of strangers, then we are fulfilling our duty as Christians to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” It amazes me everyday at how big our LIFE Runner team has grown just within one year. What’s even more exciting is how many more unborn lives we have saved from the cruelty of abortion. Our help towards pregnancy centers has planted the seeds of hope for many pregnant women and families willing to adopt. What better bountiful harvest could there be than saving God’s gift of Life?
*Rosemary Bernth (LIFE Runner) was a journalist for the Diocese of Sioux City’s newspaper and is now a writing/travel graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Faith Challenge: What are you sowing in your life? Is your faith growing in abundance or shriveling into a dry, empty husk? Unlike physical crops that have specific times to be planted and harvested, anytime is the right time to be “the best version of ourselves,” who God created us to be. So what are you waiting for? Get growing!  1 Cor 3:6.

Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, Priests for Life, Vatican, Project Rachel.

Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.

Feast Day: St. Lawrence

Faith Quote: “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka

Through Christ Our Lord,

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/spassage/?searchacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.

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