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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outgoing (05/05/11)

TITLE: Cultivating Faithfulness
By Jennifer Hill
05/11/11


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“INCOMING!”

Have you ever felt like that needed to be yelled just before all your kids get home from school? The overwhelming list of what to do that they daily provide is about to ensue. During this bombardment it is so easy to lose sight of your purpose as mother. All this incoming mumbo-jumbo, makes you long for the days of diapers and Blues Clues, remember the days when they all were home and cabin fever rained in on you. At least then you didn’t have the world barging into your children’s lives, corrupting and uprooting them.

While the melting pot of their individual day brews, spats breakout, homework needs completed, dinner needs thrown together, and practices needs gotten to. Just when you think you might lose it, your eyes catch a glance of the Bible verse on your fridge, ‘Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness,’ from Psalm 37:3.

Your eyes scan over it a couple of times. Your mind takes it in and you take a breath. With all the ‘incoming stuff’ being thrown at you, you are forgetting what is to be outgoing from you. Whatever fills our hearts is what ends up being the outgoing harvest that nourishes our children. We need to be careful and purposely pursue the qualities we want for our children. If we are not pouring it out over them, for them, showing them, how in the world do we expect them to be any different than the world?

As Moms we are more than their secretaries, taxi drivers, tutors and their gophers. We are their gardeners. We have to help them pluck out the rocks, pull the weeds, seek the light and be truly quenched. We need to plant love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control, if those are the fruits we want to witness growing in their hearts and blooming from them.

The best thing we can do for our children is follow God’s son, while we are chasing our sons and daughters. Our children walk beside us for only a short amount of time, so we should walk by the spirit so they can know truth.

Reading the verse over again you smile, thanking God for the reminder to check what is outgoing from you and being planted in your kids.

“Kids, finish up your homework, I’m ordering a pizza and we’re staying in tonight. I want to spend some quality time with my seedlings.”

“Your what?” asks your firstborn, new teen.

“What did you call us?” your middle son asks.

“Just cheese for me,” Says your pizza loving, nine year old.

“I don’t want to be your ceiling,” Chimes the only girl who’s all of five years old.
“Seed-lings, honey, like in my flower garden.” You explain.

“They need good soil right?” She asks.

“Exactly baby.” You answer excited for the chance to work in your garden.

“Daddy will be home soon, let’s surprise him with a pretty centerpiece.”

“Okay Mommy, I’ll pick your favorite blooms.” As she scampers off, you think to yourself, ‘I have them all right here.’


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Belinda Borradaile05/13/11
Lovely! What mother cannot relate! Particularly like the peice about them being so influenced by the world out there. Such a continual focusing and re focusing journey specially these days! I also like your reference to children as seedlings. I call mine my little eggs or chickens:)
Jackie Smithwick05/14/11
Good encouragement for all those moms out ther with a growing garden. Keep up the good work.
Debra Burchett 05/15/11
I really enjoyed your writing. loved the comparison of children to plants. That was a good analogy. Thanks for sharing
Bonnie Bowden05/15/11
I liked how you encorporated the topic into the story. I applaud your role as a mother.
Ennis Smith 05/19/11
Dear friend, Jen:

Clearly, you are a great mother and an awesome servant of Christ. What's funny is, your household sounds as busy as my own: five seedlings to cultivate in the Smith home.

This was an excellent reminder of not just the mother's job, but the parent's job in the lives of our children.

Nicely done, sister.
Hiram Claudio05/20/11
What an amazing piece! I really enjoy the encouragement. Although it was from "Mom's" perspective, it really help this Dad out too. Thanks!
Bonnie Bowden05/20/11
Congratulations on your 2nd place award in the Beginner's category.

I don't think we can ever thank mothers and fathers enough for the important role they play in a child's life.