But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Matthew 13:23

Thoughts

“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still, other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.'” Matthew 13:3-9 NIV

In the parable of the sower, Jesus spoke about a farmer who sowed seeds on various types of soil. Some fell on the path, some on rocky ground, some among thorns, and some on good soil. As you navigate the journey of homeschooling and raising your children, you are like that diligent farmer tending to the soil of your children’s hearts.

Just as a gardener prepares the soil for a bountiful harvest by removing rocks and weeds, you are called to cultivate the hearts and minds of your children, removing any obstacles that might hinder their spiritual growth.

Your role in their lives is vital, for you are nurturing the soil in which the seeds of faith, knowledge, and character are planted.

As a homeschooling mom, you have the unique privilege of not only imparting knowledge but also nurturing the fertile ground of your children’s hearts. Just as the farmer tended to the soil, you are responsible for creating an environment where God’s Word can take root deeply and bear abundant fruit.

Talk about pressure!

The path of homeschooling may sometimes feel like a rocky journey, with challenges and doubts along the way. You may encounter distractions and worldly influences (contrary to popular belief, homeschooling does not rid your home of outside influences) that can choke the growth of faith and understanding in your children.

But remember, the farmer in the parable persevered, and so can you.

God sees your efforts, your sacrifices, and your love poured into your children’s lives. He sees you pulling weeds of doubt, removing rocks of indifference, and tirelessly sowing the seeds of wisdom and faith.

He sees your dedication to nurturing good soil in their hearts.

In the end, the seeds sown on good soil yielded a bountiful harvest—a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. Likewise, your labor of love in homeschooling and parenting will bear fruit in your children’s lives. They will grow to be strong, resilient, and deeply rooted in their faith, ready to receive and retain the Word of God.

So, whether you’re currently raising one kid, or seven, take heart. Your role is crucial in preparing the fertile ground for your children’s spiritual and intellectual growth, and God is right there with you.

I know as a mom of four that it can feel like some days are a wash and you feel underappreciated and unseen. Your work can sometimes seem silent – but it’s huge. It’s the greatest ministry – training up children of God.

Warriors for the Word. 

Strong believers of Christ that will go out into the world and spread the gospel, long after you’re gone.

Keep tending to their hearts with love, prayer, and God’s Word, and trust that, in due time, your efforts will yield a rich and abundant harvest.

May you find strength and encouragement in knowing that you are not alone in this journey. God is with you, guiding your hands and nurturing the soil of your children’s hearts.

Continue to be the faithful gardener, and may your children be like the good soil that produces a bountiful crop for the glory of God.

I’m rooting for you.

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