"One trowel revolution"

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  I’m a bit late in posting but figure it’s never too late to give thanks!

Series: Devotions of Praise and Thanksgiving

Devotional – Give Thanks To The Lord Of The Harvest

Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Nov 29, 2011 under Devotions of Praise and Thanksgiving

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15

Jules Dervaes and his three adult children live in a 1917 craftsman-style house in Pasadena, California. They are urban homesteaders. In their 1/10 of an acre garden, they annually produce more than 6,000 pounds of food. It provides for more than 90% of their diet and they are able to teach others to be good stewards of the land.

It was during the 1970’s that Jules turned to the Lord and the Bible for instruction.  He learned to be an expert gardener and in the mid-1980’s bought the home in Pasadena. During this season of thanks, Jules wrote:

“ Our society has followed the broad way opposed to God’s plan for man; instead of stewards, we have become abusers of God’s creation. As a consequence, we are alienated from ourselves, from each other and from the Creator; and, today, our very existence is threatened.

Taking steps on this journey, I came to realize that the basis of true religion is in how we earn our daily bread. It is not enough just to “have” faith; there must be a demonstration of faith in everyday life, here and now. Thus, I have been following this ancient path back to God, as clearly marked in the Bible.

I am thankful for dirty, sweaty, manual labor by which I eat my food and through which I learn God’s directions. I am thankful for the blessing of life-giving rain for the harvest.”

Jesus is indeed good and He is the Lord of the Harvest. Today in prayer, thank Him that He provides so much for us and that He truly desires to dwell with us.

“The destination to which my faith is taking me is the work of living in harmony with nature, in community with each other and in conformity with God’s plan of salvation. My hope is to be part of the restoration of God’s Earth—our home.” – Jules Dervaes

God’s Word: “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.” – Psalm 145:15

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2011, Devotional E-Mail



  1. Jill Pittman says:

    Wonderful devotion, and so appropriate in this season of excess. May we all learn to work with the Lord of the Harvest.

  2. Ginger says:

    Thank you for sharing this thought provoking idea. I feel so close to God, when I play in the dirt. Your family continues to inspire me to be a better steward of the little patch of ground entrusted to my care.

  3. Susan says:

    Yes, I’m on the Daily Devotional e-mail list and it was so nice to receive yesterday’s post about you! =)

  4. Rebekah @ Justfordaisy says:

    Great to see that your father’s inspiration came from the Lord.
    As a Christian I too am trying to determine what God would have us do in this day and age and I believe you and your family are on the absolute right track!
    Can’t wait to improve our lifestyle using some of your fabulous ideas.

  5. Ronda says:

    Thank you for sharing this devotional. May God continue to bless you in your work.

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