Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Garden Analogy: Planting the Seeds




Welcome to Part 3 of A Garden Analogy.  I am so glad you joined me.  If you haven't read the previous posts, you can read them here and here. 

Whatever stage of life you are in, I pray that this series will be a help to you or someone you know. Whenever we add God's principles to our everyday lives, He will bless our efforts.  Without further ado...



After much excitement at Garden Central I arrive home with what seems to be a ridiculous amount of seeds (I don' even like eggplant, but I bought some).  The thrill of fresh dirt and the potential of yummy garden salsa spurs me on.

As we get out the shovels and trowels we are anticipating a grand harvest.  The seeds in the packets are all different.  Some are large, some almost minuscule.  The colors are all different, and they all have their particular planting instructions.  Hmmmm......reminds me of my children.  All different in some ways, but similar in others.

But, the one thing about seeds is I know if I plant green beans, I am going to get green beans.  If I plant corn, I will get corn.  We don't plant beans and end up with squash.

Corn likes to be planted deep in the ground.  There it will grow a strong root system that will support the tall stalks it will need to produce tasty ears of sweet corn.

But, if you plant it too shallow, it will be weak.  This happened to our corn last year.  In a heavy thunderstorm the corn just fell over.  It was too weak to hold itself upright.  It never really recovered and we lost our harvest.



Our children can be the same way.  We need to plant them in rich soil so that they can produce strong roots that will be with them the rest of their lives.

We can do this in many ways.  Some days it can easier than others, but we are trying to win the war, not just the battle.  Here are a few things we can do:

* Spend time with them to develop a strong Biblical foundation.  Whether it is one on one, or together, we just need to go at it brick by brick, line upon line, precept upon precept.

* Teach them in everyday situations how to apply the truths in God's word.  This one can be tough. It is easy to look at our children's sin, and respond in anger and frustration.  If we can remember that they are in training, and that we are the ones given to train them, it might take a little of the frustration away.  Proverbs for Parenting is a great book that takes the principle you are trying to teach, and shows you which Proverbs go with it.  I know for me, that when I am staring down my child sometimes the last thing to come to my mind is an edifying Bible verse.

* Even very young children can understand basic principles.  Little ones grasp so much more that we give them credit for.

* Be diligent to keep the right things before their eyes and ears.  Oh, I have to admit I sometimes get an F for this :(  I have let a cartoon keep right on playing because it provided some much needed quiet in my home.  We must be diligent with this.  Those images and sassy words that their favorite cartoon characters utter will be implanted in our own children's minds and hearts.



Just as we add water to our seeds, we must give encouragement to our children.  Always be on the lookout for something to praise.  I know it can be hard sometimes, but there has to be something praise worthy.

If God can find something in me to forgive and encourage, who am I to withhold the same from my child?  They will learn the characteristics of God by watching and learning from us.  (no pressure :)


Just as we add water to our seeds, we must give encouragement to our children.  Always be on the lookout for something to praise.  I know it can be hard sometimes, but there has to be something praise worthy.

If God can find something in me to forgive and encourage, who am I to withhold the same from my child?  They will learn the characteristics of God by watching and learning from us.  (no pressure :)

Seeds come with planting instructions.  Some seeds like to be wet, some dry.  Some seeds want that blistering heat, some prefer the shade.  Some like to be planted in mounds, some spaced apart,  some close together.

Children are the same way.  Some are outgoing and love that spotlight, while some are content taking it in from the shade of a tree.  Some children take a running jump and leap right in the middle of the pool, while some would rather ease into the pool.  There are children who like the social aspects of life.  They enjoy being with others, chatting, playing games, just being together.  Others really like their quite time.

Believe it or not, children are just little adults.  Yes, they need to grow and mature, but they, too have their preferences.  As parents it is important to treat them as the individuals God made them to be.
Not comparing or lumping them into a group.  I know sometimes when I am looking at 5 little faces, it can be overwhelming.  Trying to divide and conquer helps to give me perspective.

By encouraging "our little seeds" to grow as God intended, I believe we will be pleased with our harvest.  Our children become the blessings they were intended to be; not just one more thing to add to our already busy day :)  Not because they weren't blessings to begin with, but  because our hearts are turned to our children.

Just like a seed is working hard under the dirt, our children's hearts and minds are being formed.  We can't always see whats going on inside.  As parents it can be discouraging if we are not seeing the "sprouts" we are looking for.

Don't give up.  God's word never returns void.

Take heart and keep at it.  Build a strong relationship with your child.  If they know they can come to you and trust you; some of those underlying issues will be resolved easily.  Tie those heart strings one by one.


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4 comments:

  1. Once again, a great analogy of seeds and children (alike in many ways but needing different care)! Also, we love the Proverbs for Parenting book too! Thanks for linking up this series on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Channon :)

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  2. AMEN! Thank you for this great reminder in raising adults, not children. And thank you for linking up this week at Made to Mother! Now I am off to read the other two precious posts!

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    1. Thank you madetomother. I have enjoyed reading your posts!

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