"The seed you sow today is the substance of your future harvest".
There are times in life that are truly defining and can change your direction for the better. I was at an event recently for mum's of preschool aged children (0-4) and the key note speaker (a lovely, lovely friend of mine) spoke so powerfully about the seasons of motherhood and the importance of sowing seeds into our children, homes and families that will bring us great return and reward in our future days. This was one of those moments for me, where things I had been struggling with in my mind, and parenting were put into the perspective of seasons that don't last forever, and the need to sow now what I wanted to receive later.
I WAS INSPIRED TO:
Sow the seed of my time and attention.
Remembering this is a fleeting season and before long they will be at school and in the care of others for most of the day. I want to be more present & observant of my children and be an active part of their days again, planning fun activities and clearing days to just wander in the park with them if they appear to need some more mummy attention (a good reminder when you're balancing work/family life).
Sow the seed of character.
Work on helping them develop character traits that I want them to have when they are older: being kind, thoughtful, obedient, disciplined, patient etc. I don't think they are ever too young to be encouraged in down these paths and it's wonderful to see them even when they are so young try and be kind to a toy or friend.
Sow The Seed of Spiritual Understanding.
As a Christian I would love my children to also grow up knowing and loving God so this too is a seed that sown now, when they are young and developing their inner voice, is one that will reap great reward later in life. In our house we believe babies and children are never too young to be a part of our faith.
Sow the seed of health.
In our house we highly value physical, emotional and mental health so these are areas I desire to sow seeds into my little ones. From the outset I want them to have healthy and strong minds where they can control their thoughts and speak life over themselves, and thus too have healthy emotions and expressions of such in ways that are balanced and not manipulative. And the hope too that they would grow to love and value the approach to nutrition and physical health and strength that a balanced and wholefood lifestyle can bring.
Plus so many more things! I was honestly so inspired and encouraged that what I was doing now does have an impact on our future as a family, and although this could be a scary thought too, the ability to refuse guilt at this time and choose to be inspired has helped me to have a renewed love of my role as mum and wife.
NOTES FROM THE MESSAGE
"For God has made everything beautiful for its own time".
There are seasons attached to everything, especially motherhood.
- Every season shifts, they don't last forever. What stressed you out even 6 months ago as a mum of little ones is probably not STILL stressing you out today. There is no such thing as seasons that last forever. Feeding around the clock is a season that passes, teaching to eat solids, practicing walking, cooking 3 different meals at family dinner time, are all seasons that don't last forever.
- Every season without fail has both beauty and challenge: no season is perfect. Even the best seasons have their challenges and yet so too the most harshest and hard seasons have their own unique beauty. It's up to you, to embrace both the challenge and the beauty in the immediate season you're in right now. Choose to have eyes that see and embrace that beauty! Choose to embrace the beauty while you negotiate the challenge because every season has both. In all seasons but particularly the season of baby and toddlerhood choose to appreciate people and things for what they ARE and not what they are NOT. 1 Peter 5:7 says that while you steward your household, God stewards YOU! (amplified) children when they are so little are often what they are 'not' suppose to be (well according to our expectations perhaps) but that's the point, being able to love and value them for what they are in this season and enjoying their beauty despite challenge.
- Raising young children is a season of sowing. It is purposefully investing something NOW with the purpose of reaping and seeing the harvest LATER!! There is nothing sexy about sowing. But it's essential if you want a harvest! The apple you eat this afternoon is the result of the decision someone made years ago to sow a seed and to TEND to that sown seed. Nobody takes photos of a freshly sown field, because it looks like nothing spectacular but people line up to take photos of the field that is in full harvest. If you choose to sow good things in your family, children and relationships, you will reap good things in the future! Sowing is consistent, good strong harvests come from consistent choices, not a once off good family decision or behavioural discipline. What is the 'harvest' you want to see in the future of your family?
- Psalm 126 says " They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with their harvest". Sowing well in this season of babyhood will reward you over and over again later. Sometimes we sow in tears because there is a cost attached to it.
We sow in tears when we give up work to be a stay at home mum, or the other way round even, we sow in tears because we have to or we choose to go back to work during the baby years. We sow in tears when we sacrifice friendships, travel or career opportunities when the needs of babies and young children are too great for us to be able to leave. But these sacrifices and the times we sow in tears will be rewarded to us in the future when we reap what we sowed at that time.
Be one who is found standing amongst the harvest in future days of families that love God, marriages that are strong and full of peace, and surrounded by children and their offspring that praise and worship God.
Message By Ps. Chrissy Lee-Senior Pastor, Nations Church.