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Cultivating the hearts of our children

January 18, 2012

I’ve been a parent for 9 years, I’ve been a mother for 9 years
We’ve had a vision for parenthood for 5 years, I’ve loved motherhood for 5 years

There’s a big difference!

Our family has been on a great adventure of ‘new things’, God has turned on the flood lights in so many areas of our life which we continue to learn about and live out everyday.

My husband and I have been walking with Jesus since our childhood, we love the Word of God and seek to listen to the Holy Spirit and glorify God through our lives everyday, flaws and all! ‘Impressing’ this upon our children was a different thing.  

We’ve learnt that being deliberate in our devotions with our children is important and life giving.  Deut 6:7 reminds us to “…Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

For the past 3 or 4 years we’ve been committed to sharing daily with our children the Word of God, we do this round the breakfast table; during the day, while we’re in the car, when we’re cooking together, playing together, crying together; and as much as possible we gather round the Word after dinner – all the children; whether they’re wiggling, breast feeding, snuggling or giggling we sit together with Daddy to hear and discuss amazing truths.

But is this enough?

This week we read together the parable of the farmer scattering the seed, let me remind you of it:

A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” (Mark 4: 3-9 NLT)

As we studied and discussed this wonderful parable I was again challenged on the issue of the hearts of my children – their ears were regularly hearing the scriptures, faith comes by hearing so surely their faith was growing? But what kind of soil was it falling on?

In some households reading the bible has become part of their daily routine, but it has become more of a ‘duty’; another text book in their home school curriculum (albeit a great one!), dare I say even a legalistic ritual, one that that falls on hard ground and is quickly eaten up by the ‘pull’ and desires of the world.  For others it has fallen on shallow hearts; they have seen quick ‘fruit’ and ‘results’ but when the heat is on the shoots whither and die.  Others are bringing the Word to their children where they are maybe dealing with unseen ‘thorns’; the seed is strangled and crushed before it can start to thrive.  

What kind of soil are you sowing into Mothers?

Are we watching, ‘tending’, challenging and watering the hearts of children through our relationship with them?  Are we still cuddling lots as they get older, are we chatting and asking questions despite the busyness of life, are we praying with them, listening to them, spending time with them, whilst lovingly ‘nipping’ attitudes and habits in the bud as we see them in these precious people God has entrusted to us?

Are we daily winning the hearts of our children so we can point them to Jesus?

This is my prayer today:

Lord, please give me wisdom to ‘build’ my home today; help me be attentive to the hearts of my children.  Please help me as a mother cultivate deep, fertile soil in my children so that the Word they hear can go deep, produce life long roots and produce fruit that multiplies. Father help me see the thorns today, help me discern the hardness and help me see where a heart may be shallow, for your glory” Amen

In His grace and for His glory

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2012 3:19 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement. My boys are still young but sharing God as part of our everyday lives is something I need to do more of, not out of duty but love.

  2. January 18, 2012 4:44 pm

    Thanks for your comment Bernardeena – God bless you as you continue to sow faithfully into your children.

  3. January 20, 2012 11:36 am

    Great encouraging post. Thank you.

  4. January 20, 2012 6:37 pm

    Thank you for your comment – hope you'll pop by again!

  5. January 21, 2012 9:30 pm

    Thank you for posting that and reinforcing what has been in my mind over the last two weeks. I have been convicted that I'm not talking enough and listening enough to the children because I'm so busy looking after them! But talking to them is more important than a lot of those things, and I think the Bible and seed sowing is a lot more likely to bear fruit if we also do those other things you mentioned like spending time with them, praying with them. Since I have been trying to make an effort I have noticed a real difference in my oldest! Thanks for linking up too!

  6. January 21, 2012 10:12 pm

    Love linking up with your blog Rhoda and AMEN to all you've said; be encouraged in all you're doing, you WILL see beautiful, 'choice' fruit. Blessings – Leah

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