Do you enjoy gardening? The past few years I have really become interested in putting more effort into the outside of our home. Our budget doesn’t allow us to do too much but this year I did plant some zinnia seeds in front of the house and we were able to do a small raised garden bed.
I knew that this wouldn’t be an easy task but I thought that I would enjoy it. Their is nothing quite like picking vegetables from your own backyard to snack on or add to a meal. As I’ve tended to these flowers and vegetables each day, I can’t help but think about how similar motherhood is. Today I want to share with you how we can compare gardening to our parenting.
*It takes work:
At 20 weeks pregnant, I don’t enjoy squatting down and pulling weeds, but it needs to be done. I also don’t feel like correcting my children’s behavior when they are fighting about something silly. Although, I know that I must intercede as the parent, take control, and help them make things right so that they can grow to love and respect each other. Sometimes parenting requires us to get our hands dirty and to work diligently for those that we love because they depend on our guidance.
I can’t think of anyone that would come over and do yard work for free. If they would, God bless them. Most people are willing to do it if you are out of town or you are sick, but we would never depend on anyone to fully plant us a garden without anything in return. In the same way, we can’t rely on the church or Christian schools to raise our children to love God, it’s something that we must do as parents.
*We must protect and care for them.
I had no idea that you couldn’t just put certain plants into the ground right away. Of course, I knew you needed to wait until the weather warmed up but I never knew that some plants do better when you grow them inside first. They must be brought into the home and cared for those early days, then when they are ready to go outside they will hopefully flourish.
This creates a beautiful picture in my mind of what being a mama is all about. We want our children to be successful people, but more importantly we want our children to grow to serve God and honor Him. We want them to be fruitful and obedient to their calling. When we protect them from the outside world and feed them with the living water of Jesus, they can grow more and more each day to do what they were meant to do in this world.
*We will reap the benefits.
It’s been such a fun experience to see my children get excited now that our plants have started to grow. They have seen that watering those vegetables everyday is starting to pay off. Hopefully soon, we will have some delicious cucumbers, radishes, and lettuce along with cherries, grapes and apples from our fruit trees. Waiting for these fresh, satisfying snacks to grow takes patience, lots of patience but when they are here we enjoy them.
Taking the time to teach our children God’s Word and more importantly showing them the impact the Lord has on our own life, will encourage them to want a relationship with Christ. It’s difficult when we feel like we have so much to do already, but how our children will spend eternity should be our first priority as parents. God has given us the task to grow them up to know more about Him and His love for them every day.
As I’m writing this, I can’t help but think of Sally Clarkson’s book, The Life-giving Home and even though in this book she shares a lot about the traditions she did with her kids when they were young, I feel excited to have older, grown children. To build that relationship from day one and patiently watch it grow into a beautiful friendship is something that I look forward to. I hope that my kids will always be a big part of my life and that we would continue traditions even when they are grown up.
I want to teach my children that home is a place of warmth and wisdom. No matter what they are going through, with God’s help, I am here to help guide them in the right direction. I believe that by investing in our children’s lives and committing to raise them up the way God calls us to will allow us to truly enjoy the work that has to be done.
Through TV, bad influences, internet, etc, our kids are vulnerable to weeds that can spread quickly in their lives. Take the time to know what’s going on, protect them with the truth, and reap the benefits of all of your hard work. It will all be worth it.