24 Nov Newsletter from Mrs. Moody – Third Quarter 2020
Dear Family and Friends,
Happy Fall Y’all!!!!
John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
Growing up on a farm in NE Arkansas was wonderful!! Fall was my favorite time of the year. Why? Because the crops were harvested. What does that mean? The cotton was picked (by hand), the corn had been pulled (by hand) and the soy beans had been combined (harvested). The garden had yielded her fruit. It had all been picked and canned or put in the freezer for winter’s consumption. No more having to work out in the hot sun, day after day. Was our labor ended? No! We now began the task of taking care of things on the farm that had been let go while taking care of the fields. A different kind of work. Cleaning barns, sheds, chicken houses, etc. and preparing the farm equipment for next year’s crop.
We use to tease my Dad that he laid awake at night thinking up chores for us to do. The words, “I’m bored” never passed thru our lips. We were happy with a little play time! I realize now he didn’t have to think up chores, there was plenty of work to do in the life of a farm family.
When I think of the fields “being white already to harvest”, my mind goes back to a cotton field that needs to be picked (harvested). The Lord’s harvest fields are always needing to be tended to. We should never stop preparing the soil, planting the seeds, watering with prayer, and as in my childhood, still depending on the Lord for the harvest (results). There is never a time to grow lazy in the Lord’s work and I’m so thankful “there is never a boring day”.
My heavenly Father knows what I need today and years down the road – just as my Dad was preparing me for what life might bring- my heavenly Father knows what is best for me now and in the days ahead. I just need to trust and obey.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, what are you thankful for this season? We need to be the example of one that is “thankful” to those we meet if we have the Light of the glorious gospel in us. I’m reminded of a quote from Helen Keller. Keller was stricken by an illness at the age of 2 and was left blind and deaf. “For three things I thank God every day of my life; thanks that He has vouchsafed (to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness) me knowledge of His works; deep thanks that He has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to–a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.” We have no reason to complain with all God has blessed us with in this great nation of ours.
Thank you for your financial and prayer support for New Testament Church Planting so that we can continue helping churches and encouraging those along our way to “keep on keeping on” in the Lord’s harvest field.
Luke 10:2 “…The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
We need labourers in the Lord’s harvest; pray, continue to give and come along side and labour with us.
Working in the Lord’s field,
Mrs. Randall Moody