Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gardener of Souls

Posted by Dawn at Wednesday, October 23, 2013
" By wisdom a house is built, 
And by understanding it is established;
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches."
Proverbs 24:3-4

I have just finished reading this amazing book, "The Mission of Motherhood". It is very insightful and reinforces what kind of home I want to have and the kind of children I want them to grow into. I, especially love this particular chapter, "Gardener of Souls".

In this chapter, it talked about how children, do not accidentally become mature adults of strong character, great faith, gracious relationship skills, effective leadership qualities, and sharp intellects.

As a garden cannot flourish without a gardener, neither can a child reach his or her potential without someone committed to careful cultivation. If left unsupervised or left to chance, most likely it will grow wild and undisciplined, stunted and unfruitful.

As a mother, I see myself as a gardener (though I haven't have much success in real gardening). I want my children to thrive-grow up confident and civilised. I want them to prepared to live as abundantly as possible. In order for that to happen, I need to do a little intentional "gardening".

Like how the chapter in the book puts it-
"Blessed are the children whose mothers garden in the soil of their souls. The fruit they bear will not only serve them in the future, but a whole generation will be beautified and enriched."

With that in mind, I will definitely be getting my hands dirty as I do some gardening - metaphorically and literally!

Let's take care of our gardens by planning and tending it carefully so that it will be a source of beauty and growth where our children blossom in mind, heart and soul because you took the time not only to love and protect them but to cultivate their skills, experiences, relationships and appetites!


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