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The Fruit Of Her Hands

“She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.”

– Proverbs 31:16 (NKJV)

“She considereth a field, and buyeth it:

with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

– Proverbs 31:16 (KJV)

She considers a field and buys it. The wise woman doesn’t just buy a field because she ‘feels like it’. No she researches the facts first and makes sure that her main duties are performed before she spends her time and her energy on other things.

“Time is your most valuable asset. Spend it wisely!” – Gloria Copeland

With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. My carnal mind says that the fruit referred to in this scripture is the money or goods she earned through her hard working ethic; the reason why she gets up early and goes to bed late. Even though that theory is partially true; how in the world do you earn fruit? It is impossible to go out into the field, till the soil and immediately go home with fruit. Tilling soil only gives you tilled soil, or does it? Tilled soil is soil ready to be good ground for crops, for flowers, for living things to grow. Good ground for seed! A fruit is an end result of a process. It starts by merging a seed with good, fertile ground. As the woman releases the seed, it gets to do what is was originally intended to do, which is die in the ground and give new life a chance. As the ground gets watered, the seed sprouts and a plant starts growing. As time goes by, the little plant grows into a tree. Blossoms start to form and a small fruit appears; perfect, wonderful, and ready to eat.

Have you ever thought about the fruit of her hand being the 30-, 60-, 100-fold harvest of the seed she had sown?

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” – Matthew 13:23

The word of God is filled with the principle of sowing and reaping which thinking that I have never thought about this proverbs scripture in this way puzzles me. How can I be so blind!?!

Instead of holding on to what we already have in our storehouse we need to start trusting God with what we have, knowing it’s His in the first place. He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider.

God even promises us that if we bring our whole tithe to Him that he will bless us above and beyond what our storehouse can hold.

“You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty.” – Malachi 3:9-11

Tithing isn’t just a movement, a transferring of finances. It’s more than that, it’s saying “God I know all I have is yours, and here is 10% of what I earned and I will be wise with your other 90%”. It’s laying a foundation in your heart that you can build your life on.

I believe giving an offering is a cornerstone built on top of the foundation. An offering is not your tithe, it’s whatever you want to give above the 10% and sow into God’s kingdom. Offering is a seed and may even be a sacrifice, it may be the last seed you have. But by sowing it into good ground, instead of holding on to it, you’re giving God the chance to multiply it.

Let’s read the verse again from which this whole blog originated:

“She considereth a field, and buyeth it:

with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

– Proverbs 31:16 (KJV)

With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. After this study I believe that she went out and carefully selected the good ground, the field and bought it. With the harvest she planted a vineyard. Which the word ‘vineyard’ is tempting me to go down a whole other fun trail but I leave that for later.

So with the fruit, which symbolizes a harvest, think of ‘the fruit of the Spirit’, she again sows. Now she’s able to sow more than last time because the harvest is always bigger than the seed was.

The seed and harvest I’ve been referring to isn’t just money. It can be love, a kind word, favor, a meal, and even your time. Sometimes it takes time for the seed to grow. But know that even when you don’t see your harvest; it is growing underneath the surface. So never give up faith, keep watering the soil by believing that God’s word is true and by standing firm on His promise.

When you love someone that may be rude to you, it might take a while for them to respond to you in a kind and loving manner. But know that you have planted the seed in their heart.

Whenever you sow money into someone’s life for their house believing for a house of your own, it might take a while, but keep sowing, keep believing and one day, in a really cool way you will be the one moving into your own house.

Whenevwr you’re at work, at home, taking care of your family; cooking, cleaning, giving rides to everyone, making meal plans, and/ or hosting parties; make an effort to smile, make sure your family feels loved by you and above all take time out of your day and spend time with Jesus, the lover of your soul. Believe me, the return of investment will be well worth it! With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. With what she’s been given she creates a loving and life-giving atmosphere.

Tanja has a heart for reaching the lost, is passionate about seeing women become who God has designed them to be and seeing a generation discover their destiny and walk in victory. Having been a widow herself, her messages of life, purpose and victory in the midst of adversity are encouraging and are rallying a generation to reach the lost and brokenhearted. Read more...

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