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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Planting Seeds of Faith

Yesterday I wrote about recognizing our strengths as mothers. Too often we focus on the negative and don't give ourselves the credit we deserve for a job well done. I asked you to leave a comment and share something you like about your mommy self. Many of you responded with wonderful ways you share your heart with your children everyday. I'm so glad that you shared! If you missed it, please take a minute to tell us about your mommy positives HERE!

Today I wanted to share a mommy positive about myself. Because, feels good to recognize something I'm doing well! I just don't do it enough. My perfectionism is a way I believe Satan gets me down, and he stinks, so I'm telling him to get lost!

I was having some Bible time with my son this morning, and he was reciting the verse he's been memorizing with pride. Then, we proceeded to look it up in the Bible together. I haven't really spent much time teaching him how to find verses on his own, but lately I've been trying. Up until now he has had his own young readers Bible. But, he's beginning to memorize the books in order and so forth, and today he found his own Bible verse. Which by the way is fantastic math practice, too! All that backwards and forwards requires some mega greater than less than knowledge. 

But, I realized at that moment that this was one of my mommy positives. I may not be the perfect *christian* mother and wife, but I try to put God at the center of our home, and plant those seeds of faith. I don't know why I am always so hard on myself in this area? I find myself feeling unworthy and ill-equipped to teach my boys God's word. How silly!

Sure, many days I forget to do our Bible time, or I put it at the bottom of the list. Then that defeat I talked about yesterday sets in, and I forget to turn it around. I realized today that Satan wants nothing more than to prevent me from sharing God's word with my boys, and he gets me where he knows I'm weak. Self-doubt and perfectionism, and I'm tired of it!

So today, I'm celebrating my mommy positive of planting seeds of faith. Because it's those seeds, no matter how small, that will grow in the hearts of my boys. Watered by God's wisdom and love. I plant the seeds, but he's the gardener!

No longer will allow myself to doubt my ability to teach my boys God's Word. No longer will I allow that defeat to take over my day. No longer will I allow myself to listen to the lie that I cannot raise up an army for the Lord!

Because? I can! and I will!

This post is linked up with Shell at Pour Your Heart Out and Courtney at Women Living Well!


At March 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Such an inspiring post Adrienne!

At March 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM , Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

I too feel inadequate to teach my children the word of the Lord...but I know deep down that that's exactly what He wants to do as part of my mothering and that Sunday school and Awana isn't going to do it alone...

At March 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the power in your words! I read this post and was ready to shout, "Amen!" at the end.

I need to do more, but I love the JDaniel thinks about God and asks questions about the Bible!

At March 22, 2012 at 1:14 AM , Blogger Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

The seeds are what matters. A little sunshine, a little water, and some love and those roots will become big, strong, and permanent!

At March 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Awn said...

Adrienne, this is an awesome post! Satan totally gets me in the same way....darn Type A personality! He's so sneaky, knowing where to attack us. Just keep telling him to get lost.

At March 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Shell said...

What a wonderful mommy positive!

At March 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

awesome post. Seriously... we work on reading the Bible at bedtime too. (secret? - sometimes I let the kids look at the picture and make up their story. Because they like to and I think they are cute.) Anyway - great post.

At March 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

It was amazing how you exuded happiness in your words on this post. I could feel your mommy positive!! You are an amazing mom who is doing amazing things to teach her children what is truly important in life.

At March 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM , Anonymous Katina said...

Whoo hoo! IT only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain! you are doing mighty things for the Lord with your family! Keep it up and then remind the Devil that he is already defeated!

At March 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM , Blogger Missy | Literal Mom said...

"Because it's those seeds, no matter how small, that will grow in the hearts of my boys. Watered by God's wisdom and love. I plant the seeds, but he's the gardener!"

Best quote of this post! So true. Love it.


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