I share because I’ve spoken with weary moms recently. Most with younger children than I. Yes, I’m still in a season of planting seeds with boys just 10 and 12. I find the sense of urgency to be planting intentionally everyday through prayer, relationship, the Word of God.
Seeds take time to grow. And in God’s time He makes all things beautiful. Farmers must be patient, care daily for their fields and wait. Physical labor and not a glamorous job. Motherhood has been a time to test my limits of emotional, physical, and spiritual strength. And in my many weaknesses God has been the faithful ONE to carry me on. “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength”. Phil 4:13
I have been in the trenches and have held onto hope. Oh I could tell you a million stories of very much not glamorous motherhood. The trials, the pain, and the exhaustion and days without showers and throwing up of two kids at once… and sicknesses that seemed unending, and attitudes that broke my heart, and I could go on… but inbetween all those moments, God has always given me unspeakable JOY that us mothers are given by our gracious God. Laughter and reasons to celebrate. Answered prayers!!! And even the tiniest of achievements – that are to HIM the GLORY and HONOR! Each milestone, each lifting of a hand, the new word spoken, a reminder of the magnificent creation of God and His beautiful design moment by moment forming our children. And each sin that is manifest is the reminder of the fallen state of all man, and the need to be planting seeds of God’s truth and love and discipline into the lives and hearts and souls of our children. This life of motherhood is indeed a gift from God. Not only to be chosen to plant seeds into these lives for His kingdom, but also the seeds inside ourselves that He is growing to completion through the life of parenting.
What a gift we have been given to plant the Word of God into the lives of our children. Even at the earliest age, a Jesus LOVES me song, etc.. can impact our little ones. We were encouraged to sing in the NICU to our boy. Jesus LOVES me is what we sang…and continued to sing when we brought him home… for a little boy who didn’t communicate much at 4… one night during a horrific ear infection, I watched his lips quiver, and of all things, I placed my ear near him and he was saying..”JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW..” MOMS ARE CHOSEN VESSELS OF GOD TO MINISTER TO HIS BLESSED CHOSEN CREATION – KNOW YOU ARE VALUABLE IN YOUR CALL OF MOTHERHOOD!
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” 1 Cor. 3: 6 – 7
“do not grow weary in doing good, you will reap a harvest if you do not lose heart” – Galatians 6:9