What Seeds Are You Planting?

| By Joanne Anderson | 

Devotional Scripture: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Deuteronomy 6: 7-8, NKJV

During my parenting journey I have seen the connection between three scriptures and how they can play a crucial role in how we parent our children.

First, Deuteronomy 5 recounts Moses receiving the 10 Commandments as instruction for our lives from God. This month’s devotional scripture follows up by telling us to hear and adhere to God’s commandments, to teach our children, and to post and model the commandments in our homes and in our daily lives.

Then, in Luke 8:4-8 Jesus shares a parable about the sower. In this story we see how the Word of God is the seed. Jesus explains how individuals respond to the Word of God. Some hear the Word but are hardened by sin. Some hear and delight in the Word but do not change their heart. Some hear and receive the Word but are caught up in worldly things and are easily distracted. Some hear and receive the Word and apply it in their daily lives.

Finally, in Galatians 6:7-9 Paul teaches us that whatever a man sows he shall reap. He encourages us to sow in the Spirit and not to grow weary for in due season we will reap what we sow.

As we look at these three scriptures, the Word of God tells us that if we are going to plant spiritual seeds in the hearts of our children, we ourselves must read, receive, understand, and apply the Word of God – such as His Commandments – in our own lives. This will ensure that the seeds we are planting in our children are coming from fertile ground. For if we are not solid, the spiritual nurturing our children receive will only reflect the type of ground in which they’ve been groomed.

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With this in mind, parenting is one of the most important roles that God has ever given. I can recall with my first child, feeling a little overwhelmed with my new role and responsibilities. Like most new mothers I sought guidance from my mother. However, just a few years into my parenting journey my mother took ill and later she was promoted to Glory. In the midst of my grief I felt all alone. Praise God, during my devotions God spoke these words to me: “You don’t need to parent alone. I am with you. Seek my Word.”

His message was clear and comforting. I started to read His word and diligently sought scriptures that would strengthen and guide me as a wife and a parent. Although I sought the Word, I still learned that the parenting journey was not easy. To this day I am still seeking guidance and strength through the Word of God.

Here are some reflection questions that are helpful when trying to determine if healthy spiritual seeds are being planted into the hearts of our children.

  • Do I teach and model the instructions set by God?
  • Do I show the love of God to my family members and others?
  • Do I model how to apply the Word of God in all situations we encounter as a family?
  • Do I model and share what it looks like to have a personal relationship with God?
  • Do I hold myself and my children accountable to God’s word?
  • Do I model for my children how to develop and maintain healthy and positive relationships?
  • Do I model and teach the importance of respecting authority (God, parents, law, and others)?
  • Do I discipline with love and consistency?
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No matter what your responses were, keep pressing on in every season – during their pre-teens, teen, and young adulthood years – because this is when they are influenced by peers and social media. In times like these they will need to apply the spiritual seeds we have planted and make wise choices.

What can we do if spiritual seeds have been planted, and our children choose to stray from the Word of God?

  • Continue to pray unceasingly for your child and share the Word of God.
  • Remind them God gives us a choice. They may walk away, but God will never leave them nor forsake them.
  • Just like our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally, He expects us to love our children unconditionally even when it appears they don’t deserve it.
  • Focus on the present issues. Don’t reap up prior mistakes. Can you imagine what it would be like if God reaped up our past mistakes?
  • Discipline them in such a manner that holds them accountable and encourages them to reflect on their failures, and learn from their mistakes.

Our children will learn from our actions and how we apply the Word of God in our lives. It is imperative that we plant the seed of God’s Word in our children when they are young, and pray that the seed will fall on fertile ground. No matter what challenges we may encounter, we must be determined not grow weary, for in due season we will reap what we have sown.

Closing Scripture: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, KJV

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Prayer: Our Heavenly God, thank for your Word. It is a lamp unto my feet. As you instruct me may I hear and be a doer of the Word, so that your seed falls on fertile ground, thus allowing me to train my children to apply Your Word in their daily lives. If I ever fall short, may I recognize it, seek your forgiveness, and not become weary in my parenting journey. Amen.

 

Mrs. Joanne Anderson is a child of God who walks by faith. One of her favorite bible verses that she believes and lives by is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Joanne has been teaching twenty-five years at the Senior High level and believes this is a calling from God. One of her missions is to teach health and family studies concepts in such a manner that spiritual seeds are planted so that young people can make healthful lifestyle choices that will have a positive impact on their lives and their family.

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