It was late 2002. My family size, though big in society’s eyes, was still manageable enough to all fit in one minivan. Pregnant with number five, raising two boys and two girls, ages 2 to 9, life was a challenge, and I was exhausted. My husband worked sales six days a week, and Sunday was devoted to multiple services at our large Baptist church where he faithfully played the guitar during worship services. It was that year, during an intense prayer time with me wrestling with the demands of motherhood, on my face before the Lord, that I discovered what would become my own personal life verse.
“Sow with a vision to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” ~Ho
I wanted the Lord to deliver me from my exhaustion…to rain down more time and finances so my husband could be home more with us. I wanted a break from the demands of raising kids, a good night’s sleep, a vacation, pedicure, anything! Instead of raining down those things on me, He showed me His heart…
was to rain down righteousness…as I sought Him.
While I felt the infant child kicking inside me, He showed me to KEEP SOWING into the lives of these children. He showed me to SOW with VISION on a daily basis. That I would reap in accordance with kindness. MY kindness, not theirs. I needed to raise them….with VISION. Vision for the future where they would love God with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength. Vision for a future where they would meet and marry Godly spouses, and raise the next generation to be difference makers in this world.
That was 14 years ago, and four more beautiful children later. Now with eight kids in all (plus one beautiful granddaughter). We are still sowing with vision, and thankfully we see great fruit in our adult children’s lives. They are each walking with the Lord, and pursuing their own individual calling from God on their lives.
They don’t walk with the Lord because of good parenting, they walk with the Lord because of good Promises. His promises.
Hear me moms and dads. When you are in the trenches of raising kids, look up to Jesus.
Sow with a vision of righteousness. Breaking up the fallow ground daily may be breaking up the latest dispute, the passive aggression, the in-your-face defiance, or just breaking up your own bitterness and laying it on the cross.
I want this blog to encourage you and inspire you to keep sowing with vision.
He wants to rain down His righteousness on you.
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