fbpx

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy here!

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy now!

  • Films
  • About Nicole
  • Press
More

    How to Live Your Harvest Season Well

    Last year, my husband lost his job. It was a sudden, no-fault layoff because the company was downsizing. We were reeling when we got the news: No warning. No preparation. We had bought our house the night before.

    This loss followed a very difficult year of moving to a new state, finding out I was pregnant with our second baby (which was great news, but added a weight to our situation) and trying to save for all of our expenses. We had moved in hopes of a better quality of life, and it seemed like nothing was going as planned.

    For over two months my husband looked for a job, and almost a year ago in August, he was finally hired. Now, a year later, we are in a season of harvest. We are able to give in the way others gave to us. We have the time to enjoy our family. We are rooted in our community.

    But seasons of harvest are when it’s easy to get lazy. Things are going well, blessings are following the sorrow and loss, and the natural reaction is to sit back and coast. Yet seasons of harvest for those in the agricultural industry—which is where the term harvest comes from—are seasons of work. Times of blessing are times to use what God has given us to bless others in turn.

    This doesn’t mean we overextend ourselves or never rest. I believe in resting well; God has modeled this for us. But we must be careful not to use God’s blessings as an opportunity to live selfishly. I often remember what it felt like to be in our tough season last year. I think about who in my community may be struggling the way I did; struggling to trust God, to make ends meet, to keep hope for the future. Helping someone can be as simple as bringing them a coffee and encouraging word.

    We don’t always recognize our harvest seasons. Perhaps you haven’t struggled through a financial setback yet, or you haven’t had to navigate a tough relational conflict. That’s okay! A long-term season of blessing is a gift from God. But it’s also a responsibility, because stewarding our time and resources well proclaims His glory.

    Even if you don’t have a lot of money, you can use your time and voice to bless others. You can use your presence simply by being with those who are in need. When we aren’t consumed with our own trials, we have the mental space to pour into those who are troubled, and in so doing, we echo the servant heart of Jesus.

    Don’t feel guilty for your season of blessing. Use it to bless others! Ecclesiastes says that food, drink and enjoying our work are all gifts from God. But they should be never withheld from those who need them. Use your resources in this season of blessing to point to the God who is Love.

    Phylicia Masonheimer
    Phylicia Masonheimerhttps://phyliciamasonheimer.com/
    Phylicia Masonheimer is an author and speaker teaching women how to discern what is true, discuss the deep stuff, and accomplish God's will for their specific lives. She holds a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University, where she met her husband, Josh, and now lives in northern Michigan with her two daughters, Adeline and Geneva.

    Project Inspired

    We here at Project Inspired want to guide and inspire teen girls to be true to themselves and to God. We want to show young girls how to be people of value and confidence – how to be your own best selves – through leading a Christian life. Who are we? We're a team of girls, like you. We edit the site, we post to social media, we hang out in the chat rooms and forums. We talk with you, we listen to you, and we love you!

    Read On

    Samaritan’s Purse Sets Up Hospital In New York City Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    With over 80,000 cases of the Coronavirus in New York alone, the pandemic is rocking the state and the lives of everyone that lives...

    How to Choose a Bible Study Plan That Fits YOU!

    You want to read the Bible – but where do you start? Sixty six individual books are contained between its covers, some of which...

    Kirk Cameron Launches 30-Day Prayer Challenge To ‘Send Fear Running’ Amidst the Quarantine

    Late last week, film producer and actor Kirk Cameron challenged believers to participate in a 30-day prayer challenge called "30 Faith Strong" in order...

    5 Tips for Finishing Strong This Semester

    Midterms and spring break are in the rearview mirror: You’re in the home stretch! As summer comes closer, it’s easy to stop caring about...

    10 Signs It’s Time to Take a Leap of Faith

    But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more...

    Subscribe!

    Stay connected with Project Inspired.