What lessons did you learn in the garden as a child?
Personally, I remember the wonder of seeing new sprouts poke through the dirt and green strawberries brighten to red under the summer sun. Gardening taught me about God’s good creation, and as I became a mom I understood that I could cultivate patience in my children’s souls, too.
Even as I snuggled with my toddlers, my mind flashed ahead and I envisioned them as teens and adults. I knew that planting seeds of God’s truth, and tending them well, would bring a harvest of goodness in my children’s lives. And over the years I found ways to do just that.
- Create the right environment. Before seeds can be planted, the right environment needs to be created. In a physical garden this means removing weeds and rocks. It also means breaking up the soil and adding nutrients into the earth. In our home, my husband and I look seriously at things that can choke out God’s truth. For example, we choose our media carefully. We look at our mistakes and seek forgiveness. We dedicate time to read and study God’s Word. We make our home a place where God is welcomed and serving Him with all our hearts is the focus. Just as gardeners help seeds grow, we water our lives with God’s Word and truth.
- Plant good seeds. Good plants come from good seeds, and we know the best seeds we plant in our children’s hearts is God’s Word. We work with children on Scripture memory. We teach them the whole Bible Story through Bible reading and devotional time, not leaving it up to Sunday School teachers once a week.
- Stand strong in the storms. We teach our kids about God’s goodness even during the storms in our lives. We’ve faced sickness and death of grandparents. We’ve faced cross-country moves and financial challenges. Yet instead of modeling worry, we instead model turning to God in prayer. And because of that our children witness love and peace flowing, even out of hard places.
As Isaiah 58:11 says,
The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring…
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Practicing a life long fellowship with the Lord through prayer is something I hope to foster in my children and grandchildren that’s why I created the Mommy & Me Prayer Journal series!
These keepsake journals are for little kids to write their prayers … or draw them! There is also a place for Mom, Dads, or someone special to add their prayers, too. What a great way to cultivate a growing prayer life in your child!
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This is a picture of the inside pages:
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Patricia Iacuzzi says
Thank you for your post…after much tragedy striking the young people in our family, I see where you put God first, and your family a close second. If only we had it to do over again…hold tight to His Word.
What a nice way to get kids started early on a prayer journal!