“It’s okay. I’ll take her punishment.”
Carefully placing the merchandise back on the shelf, I stood before my two littles. My youngest son freely presented this gift to release his little sister from the consequence of her sin. Witnessing this act of love immediately brought to mind a similar story.
Kneeling down, looking into their eyes, I asked, “Do you know who took our punishment when we didn’t deserve it?”
“Jesus!” they responded in unison.
This mama’s heart was encouraged realizing the truth is sinking in. But, lately lies have been swirling around in my mind.
“Am I doing enough?”
“What’s wrong with my kids?”
Recently, that same young boy had been wronged by another, and when the punishment was dealt to the offender a little hand pulled me aside.
“Can he have a second chance? Can he have grace?”
Before you believe my kids are constantly offering to take one another’s time-outs and throwing around biblical terms in every conversation, allow me to present you with a more realistic view of our “normal.” There’s bickering, whining, crying, and selfishness. From the kids and me! I usually have about 3.2 seconds before dealing with a dispute of some sort.
Many days I am consumed with discouragement, but then these unexpected moments are sprinkled throughout and remind me that planting seeds produce growth.
These testimonies of God’s work in my children often times seem nonexistent. Days turn into weeks turn into months, and my faith withers. But regardless of what I “see”, I want to be faithful of my calling to share Jesus with my children.
They are hearing the Truth. They know they Truth.
Now I must leave it in God’s hands to do what only He can. To change their hearts so they receive the Truth.
A bible story, a reminder of God’s goodness, listening to praise music, attending church…these are a few of the ways we till the earth and plant seeds.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Whether or not you are witnessing fruit in your children, God’s Word is powerful.
Let’s refuse to believe Satan’s lies.
Continue tilling. Continue planting. Continue watering. And watch in delight as your children are transformed by Him.