Seeing Fruit in Parenting…

The other day I witnessed one of my boys get so annoyed at his brother (who happened to be behind him) that he whipped around and hurled at that pesky brother, the toy weapon that happened to be in his hand.

Yes, we have toy weapons. When you live in a home with 4 boys- you have toy weapons… and if you don’t have them, the boys will make weapons out of whatever they get their hands on… true story.

Thankfully the offensive plastic object hit the wall and not his brothers face… but it was a bit appalling to witness. Naturally, this said boy (whom will remain unnamed) got in trouble for handling his frustrations in this way.

This particular boy tends to dwell on the injustice of his consequences whenever he receives any. He tends to lash out, get argumentative, and not be receptive. I was able to sit down and speak with him about how he handled himself inappropriately and ward off any blow ups- but he was angry.

I went on tending to my chores, letting him process and do what he needed to do. And then I heard music and noticed that he had turned the TV on (during no tv hours).

As I mentally checked in with what I was hearing I discovered that he had turned on spotify and was playing worship. It was one of my favorite bands… the one I tend to put on when I need some change of mindset, when I want to start rejoicing and get out of a funk. (Rend Collective! Get it with this link—> The Art Of Celebration)

This is the moment I felt moved to share with you in a post. I was in awe. I was so proud. Proud of him for making a choice to reset his mood and thinking. I was proud of myself for showing him how its done. I’m doing something right.

It’s hard as a parent, as we help our children figure out how do deal with ther flesh, all the while trying to discern how to deal with our own…. They are watching us. How we handle ourselves matters!

I want to share this victory to give you hope! This was such a wonderous moment where I saw some fruit of all the efforts I put forth in this life to follow hard after Jesus in obedience. Especially in front of my kids. There are seasons where we don’t get to see the fruit, seasons where we obey dispite the lack of produce… Momma, don’t stop sowing. He is faithful and we will REAP what we SOW! So, keep sowing the good seed! Trust the process of Gods faithfulness.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but the seeds that you plant. There will not always be a harvest to reap- we only reap in certain seasons… but planting, when it comes to planting seeds, in our own hearts or in those around us, we can be confident that we’ve obeyed and they will produce.

The seed is the Word of God Luke 8:11b

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)

I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. Isaiah 55:11 (MSG)

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