Nurturing a Harvest

by June Fuentes on December 20, 2011 in Faithfulness, Gardening, Inspiration in Child Rearing, Quotes

Today we have a guest post by Kristy Howard of Little Natural Cottage:

My husband and I love to tinker with gardening.

Every spring and fall, we till, prepare, mulch, plant, and prune a few square yards of soil, hoping to produce enough vegetables to feed our growing little family- and maybe have enough extra to stash in the freezer or can for the pantry.

While we’re a far cry from expert gardeners, one thing we have learned quite well: a garden doesn’t grow overnight, nor by accident.

Gardening takes a lot of time. A lot of on purpose effort. A lot of patient persistence.

Raising children is a lot like gardening.

If we sit back and let things go, we’ll have a lot of weeds. Passivity in parenting and gardening produces very little fruit!

Diligence, on the other hand, requires much toil, much preparation, much forethought, much follow through- and, in the end, yields a satisfying harvest.

I’m in the “spring time” of my parenting garden, if you please. My little plants are young and tender. They seem bent to grow the wrong direction. Their fragile leaves wither easily.

My garden is incomplete, not producing much at this point. And it requires painstaking amounts of effort, time, and attention.

The ugly attitudes and unproductive habits that poke their weedy heads up from time to time serve to remind me that diligence is a must if I am to be a faithful steward of this garden of mine.

 

Some days, I despair of progress. My efforts seem fruitless. The only “progress” measured is the daily sprouting of the weeds and bramble.

The words of a wise man often rehearse in my mind and bolster my resolve:

 

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

I realize that today is just another piece in the bigger picture.

God is working. Beneath the soil, hidden away. Cultivating tender roots that will one day yield an abundant harvest.

 

If I will just be faithful.

 

Faithful planting seeds. Nurturing tender plants. Pruning. Removing weeds. Protecting. Guiding.

Every day bearing in mind:

 

Harvest is coming!

 

 

Kristy Howard is a believer in Jesus Christ, a pastor’s wife, and homeschooling mother of four.  She is passionate about living simply, naturally, and Biblically for the glory of God. Kristy is the owner of LittleNaturalCottage.com, where she furiously writes about her loves during nap time.

She and her husband, Jeremy, make their home in North Texas.

 

 

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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Heather from Ohio December 20, 2011

What an encouragement to me today!! I have been *soooooooo* frustrated with one of my little, sweet “plants” and needed to hear this today. I have been fervently praying for her salvation and feel energized to renew my calling and remain faithful! Blessings to you-

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