The Long View

I know that it’s tough to see the outcome when you are in the midst of rearing up a handful (or two!) of kids. But when a farmer is planting his fields, he’s got his eye on the harvest. Moms need to be a little bit like farmers. You are sowing and planting a field, and when the kids are little, this is the season that takes a lot of heavy investment of time, attention, and energy. But remember to take the long view. Harvest time is coming, and all this work of planting and weeding and watering will yield a crop.

Since I am a grandmother, that’s easy for me to say. I see the crop. It’s in the barn now! Now my own children are busy in their own fields,  and now I’m the one praying for them as they are bringing up their children. Oh, what a serious business it is to raise a family.

Now I can see with my eyes what I had to believe by faith years ago. I want to encourage you many moms out there to look with faith at your children. Trust God to bring a harvest. Your labor is not in vain. He sees it all. All those little things you do for your kids: listening to them and looking them in the eye, rubbing their backs and fixing that ponytail, washing their clothes and changing their diapers, feeding them and teaching them, playing with them and correcting them….all these things are going into an account that you can’t see. But God does!

Take the long view. You’ve got to be patient because it doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the outcome and trust God to use all your labors to bring about a harvest far greater than you expected. Far greater than any of us deserves.

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22 thoughts on “The Long View

  1. With six children, one of whom is now 21 and on his own at NSA and the youngest of which is 7 and not nearly on her own, I have the challenge and reward of still doing the gardening and yet seeing some of the harvest in and I know how true your words are. Sometimes it gets challenging to be at it all the time, so thank you for your words of encouragement.

  2. Love this, thank you! This is one of my favorite parts of what we get to see of your family – we see the fruit of your faithfulness being faithful themselves.

  3. The days are LONG but the years are short.

    I try and remember that when I look at my 10,8,5,3 year olds and wonder that my ‘single’ life seems like yesterday and here I am, rearing the next generation of my family…

    Thanks for the reminder from your perspective.

  4. Such good words, Nancy. I so appreciate the time you take to post your wise thoughts and encouraging words. It is a blessing to so many.

  5. Jennifer — Mine are 9,7,4 and 2. :) I’ll be you next year!

    Such an encouraging post. Thank you.

  6. This is so inspirational and just what I needed to read today. THANK YOU! This is my first visit to your blog and I’m enjoying it so much already. :)

  7. This is so inspirational and just what I needed to read today. THANK YOU! This is my first visit to your blog and I’m enjoying it so much already. :)

  8. Thank you for the helpful reminder. Although the days may be long, the time I have with my 4 sons is short, and I need to take advantage of every moment to teach and train them.

  9. Your post remind me of Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Thank you for the reminder!

  10. Nope. You’re wrong. I’m more than a womb. I won’t be dependent on a “Christian” man or any other. Go change your diapers, ladies. I’ll be changing the world. :)

  11. Lilly,
    A womb can change the world, as in the case of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Women are certainly not limited by their wombs any more than a bird is limited by its wings.

  12. Thank you for these words. I am a SAHM of four children under five, and combined with some other circumstances in our lives right now, I’m REALLY having a hard time with motherhood. I feel like I’m in survival mode all the time, and have been for a few years now. I don’t know how to make things change. Your encouragement is appreciated.

  13. Thank you for these words! I’m at the starting gate; I have a 17-month-old son and am 31 weeks pregnant with a daughter. The long view is certainly the encouraging one. :)

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