“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Lewis Stevenson
I woke up early hoping to have some quiet alone time, but my darling girls (Audrey and Hannah) thought they should get up early too. I was tired and grumpy. I didn’t feel ready to be a Mama that day. I then read this quote in my devotional and felt so encouraged: “Every task is a gift…and so we become the love of God, blessing those He loves. God can enter into me, and use these hands, these feet, to be His love, a love that goes on and on and on forever, an endless cycle of grace.” by Ann Voskamp. Oh how I longed to be God’s hands and feet, as I moved on in the day. I felt called to take one step and start by planting a seed of love, by choosing that day, to turn from my grumpy-ness and serve my little people with patience.
My heart for children has always been enormous. Since I was a little girl, I loved kids and they seemed to know it. I connected with them so easily. But when I became a mom, things got a little tricky. I lacked sleep. I lacked personal space. I lacked time to think. I lacked patience. I have realized that when I lack, God brings grace. God wired me to love children, but it is oftentimes harder to raise my own. I struggle every single day to bring joy and patience to my mothering. But I am also learning and growing Every. Single. Day. I am thankful for what I learn and the growth I see in myself and my children. Some days, in fact MANY days, I don’t see it, but I know it is there. It is SO important to take a deep breath, step back, and consciously aim to see things the way God sees them.
Sowing seeds in children is a valuable mindset and it has been difficult for me. I am learning each seed I sow has a huge potential of growing into character that can change the world. We are raising potential world changers. Not just little people who are going to live normal lives. When we have a goal in sight, it can make things easier. Every seed you sow, each polite habit of respect you instill, each moment you get down to their level and explain why they must choose a heart that honors their sibling, each time you give them a consequence in love, and every kiss you plant on their cheek, they are becoming more and more like who God intended them to be. It’s so worth it! Each seed you plant changes a life and blesses the lives of your family. Each task you take part in, is a task of love.
How awesome that we can raise world changers and begin shifting our perspective of mothering. ONE SEED AT A TIME.
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Thess. 3:5
In His GREAT Love,