“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase” (Proverbs 3:9)

What “first fruits”  are you harvesting from your garden?

Isn’t it exciting to see the first fruits ripening before one’s very eyes, doesn’t one’s mouth water with anticipation of tasting the first berries, peaches, apples, etc of the season.    What a blessing it is to walk outside one’s back or front door and harvest our daily bread and for this we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.

But before I am tempted to pluck the first blueberry or strawberry of the season and pop into my mouth savoring the warm sweet juices, I have to pause and remember that this harvest is not ours alone.  These first fruits belong to a Creator who has given us soil, seeds and rain in which we gain our freedom & sustenance and so we offer them back the earth as a token of our appreciation.

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When You Garden You Grow



  1. Gottalovechickens! says:

    I am a bit confused. You are tilling in 10% of your harvest back into the soil? Giving to the needy is not giving back? Boaz did not harvest everything from his field. Instead, 10% was left in the field to those who gleaned what they needed. While I understand that Boaz told his workers to “give” piles of grain to Ruth, there were still other gleaners there besides her.

    • Mitzy says:

      I think I know what you are saying but I think there were 3 different tithes in the Old Testament. One was to the Creator with burnt offerings which were then given to the priests. There was another second tithe that took care of the needy and there was a third tithe for the holyday observances.

    • Tracy says:

      Modern day Christians are not under the “law” and aren’t required by God to give anything to anyone. All that is given, is through a happy and cheerful giver, of his or her own generosity. The “fruits of the Spirit” are adequate for all that is needed for life. Peace and joy to those who give of their abundance. Fruit is sweet to the mouth and brings health to the body, just as sharing brings sweetness and health to the soul.

      • Claudia says:

        Nothing is “required” of us. However, nothing wrong with making covenent with our Lord knowing He is our Provider. This family understands who their Source is. I applaud their insights – which is very rare even among Christians today.

  2. Joy Giles says:

    Picked our first tomatoes yesterday, will dig potatoes tomorrow, have been harvesting a few strawberries from our few plants, and onions are drying in the rafters.

  3. Gottalovechickens! says:

    I am sorry I bothered to ask questions. My faith, which was not explained with my questions, is not subject to opinion. Where there are two people there are three opinions.

    We are just planting our “garden.” The weather has been a bit cold. The “To Do” list is very long for this season and Lord willing, we shall be busy up through the fall.

  4. Susan says:

    Yesterday I had my first nectarine of the season, bought at the farmer’s market – so yummy!

    Yes, many thanks to God Who made so many delicious foods. =)

  5. Chris V says:

    We will be harvesting strawberries within the next week. Thank You, Anais, for the positive “Attitude of Gratitude” with reference to the nurturing scripture that honors and glorifies God and Mother Nature. Thank you, also, for caring enough to ask what blessings we are experiencing in our own little or large “farmdens”. May every blessing shine on your family, homestead and gardens this season.

  6. Elisa says:

    It is wonderful when it can be. The first fruit or vegetables harvested Then here came the first lettuce from the garden I was so grateful.

    beautiful picture

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