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We Reap What We Sow

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:7-9

I start to get lax because I’m tired, or bored.

My little ones are happy and all is well in their worlds…and this lasts forever, right? No, of course it doesn’t. At some point, life will invade them in ways they don’t now anticipate. Confusion, heartache, curiosity will take new forms, and the bow that holds everything together beautifully will begin to come undone. This is the way of life in a sin-filled world. And very soon, before I’m ready, I won’t be so perfect in their eyes. But now, right now in this season, they are like little chicks following me and imitating me and cozying up under my wings where it is safe and the most comfy place in the world. Now is time for the sowing.

And yet, I’m inadequate. Good thing, I suppose, because if He’s strong in me when I am weak, than my sowing may well produce something beautiful in spite of myself.

“Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.” -John Piper

But even so, I must be diligent in my sowing, in instilling every bit of truth and wisdom and goodness into my little chicks. I may not be able to save their souls, but I can stick Words of life into their spirits. I may not be able to protect them from wickedness, or heartache, or struggles in their faith, but I can give them a foundation of grace and truth. I can give them unconditional love. I can speak words of affirmation over them and to them. I can pray with them and teach them to pray. I can encourage them to ask as many questions as they want about the world and the bible and God and Satan, and I can be honest when I don’t have an answer. I can teach them to always hope, because hope is the anchor of the soul. Our hope is in Jesus, the one who isn’t behind a veil, keeping us at arms length unless we prove ourselves. No, He stepped onto the earth, and then He stepped into our very Spirits. A divine mingling with the sin-infested. That’s what we have, who know Him. And that I can tell my children about, that they can have the divine living in them, helping them, counseling them, teaching them, and reminding them about grace. I want to do this, live this, every day. There are times of weariness, because sometimes I’m just tired or selfish, but I will not lose heart. I will not quit. I will not allow myself to “grow weary”; to give up. I will commit to sowing for the long haul, for the time that I have now.

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

“You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Psalm 128:2

Have you considered what you’re sowing? What do you hope to reap one day?

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  • http://www.onceuponamiracle.com/ Rachel

    How I love this.  Trying to invest something GOOD and PRAISEWORTHY and GODLY in my son in spite of myself, seems an impossible task some days.

    Thank you for this timely encouragement!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      So glad it was encouraging to you!

  • http://stopnsmellthechocolates.blogspot.com/ StopnSmellChocolates

    Wonderful post! I have to do better at what I’m sowing – especially at my son’s crucial pre-teen age. It is too easy to get lax when things seem fine, but we must not let up – our time with these precious gifts will seem too short.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Right?! It’s so easy to think just because things are fine now, doesn’t mean they always will be – I know their will be change! Eek!

  • http://itwasbroughtonbylove.blogspot.com/ Southern Gal

    Such encouraging words.  Thank you.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      You’re welcome, friend, thanks for hanging with me here. 🙂

  • Candy Trygstad

    Amen! Keep on sowing and enjoy every opportunity to do so.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Yes!

  • http://aboverubies.net/ jasmine

    Keeping on sowing, Sarah Mae. The hard work and diligence pays off. 

    Thank you, friend.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Going to keep going!

  • http://www.marinateblog.com/ Aprile

    That Piper quote . . . Yes! What a perfect summary of what a Spirit directed life is all about!

    This post really resonates with what the Lord has been speaking to me lately. I never thought I’d be one of “those” moms who defaults to hours and hours of Nick Jr. instead of intentionally sowing meaningful, teachable moments with my child, but I see that happening. I’m getting lazy.

    Sowing and reaping. So simple. So true. So powerful. Thanks for the challenge and encouragement!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      You’re welcome, and thank you, and I didn’t know I’d be like that either! We’re holding each other up, sister!

  • http://staceydaze.blogspot.com/ Stacey

    I simply want to encourage you in what you are doing. Some days do get hard, and some days will feel long, but it is a short period when you are at the other end. My olest graduates in three weeks and my youngest will be a junior next year. The time goes by all too quickly! Keep going in the good work you have begun!!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Thank you, will do!

  • Beth Williams

    Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:7-9  That statement is sooo very very true.  I have been helped throughout my lifetime and now it is my turn to give to others in small ways.

    “Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.” –  Loved this statement!  I need to say it daily–especially at work, which is where I usually “blow” it!!!

    This has been a somewhat “hard” season of my life.  Looking back I see that I made some wrong decisions regarding differnt careers and now I truly “dislike” my job and work place.  I don’t feel useful and wanted here anymore. 

    You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Psalm 128:2  I pray that for myself and others daily!

    I will keep striving and encouraging people and doing good.  Like our pastor said yesterday… We must always do our utmost best at everything as God is watching and will notice us!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      I think a heart of obedience, humility, and surrender is the heart God will bless. You will be blessed, friend!

  • http://4ambassadorsofchrist.blogspot.com/ Jarmila V. Del Boccio

    I hope to instill in my children a love and respect for God that will bring them joy in all circumstances. Thanks for reminding us what is important in Motherhood, Sarah Mae!
    MakingTheWriteConnections

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Me too, thanks for reading here!

  • http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/ Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    You have a good grasp of your role as momma.  Keep it up.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Keepin’ it up, tryin’!

  • Amanda

    Beautiful Post!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Thank you, Amanda! 🙂

  • http://www.astoryofgrace.com/ Janelle

    I pray often that God will help me sow more into my children that is good, kind, and loving.

    Janelle

  • JDaniel4smom

    I so enjoyed this post! It is filled with such truth.

  • Rebecca Tudor Wheless

    Great, great post and so true!

  • http://snapshotsnscribbles.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    I am convicted. My sowing has been haphazard and lazy of late. Going to repent now and receive fresh grace for the {wonderful} task of motherhood. Thanks for the reminder. : )

  • Olivia

    Just “stumbled” across this post.  This momma is weary and discouraged as i try to help my precious 14 yr. old daughter navigate through these difficult teen years.  At times it seems that I am not getting through, other times I see that sweet little girl peek out from behind the moodiness and attitude.  My husband has turned away from the Lord, so I am the spiritual leader in the home and feel very alone and inadequate in the spiritual training of our children at times.  Thank you for the reminder to hang in there and be diligent!
    Clinging to this:
    Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:7-9

  • Becky Daye

    Oh, I cling to what God can do in spite of my inadequacies. I remind myself over and over again- keep being faithful. Love the Piper quote! Thanks for sharing it!

  • http://ellasmom505.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    What do I hope to reap? I hope that my children will grow and know the Lord in an even stronger way than I do. I hope that despite my constant shortcomings, they will remember their mommy saying she was “sorry”…because mommies make mistakes too. I hope I’m sowing hearts of compassion, forgiveness, love, and mercy…hearts like Jesus.

  • http://www.baxtronlife.com Courtney Baxtron

    I had a DAY today! I’m ashamed of what was sown. I need to feel the conviction of this post so that I can remember the big picture. Thank you!

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