Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalm 127:3

I don’t know about you, but some days… I lose sight of this truth. The truth that my children are a heritage… a reward… a blessing. I get so caught in the minute by minute of life in the trenches, I forget to see the long term.

I was encouraged early on in parenting to have a vision for my children. What do I hope for them, dream for them. I’m not talking about wanting them to grow up and be doctors (though that would be nice)… but more the character that they will have.

The title of this blog, Plants and Pillars, is a constant reminder for me of what I hope for my children and why I am committed daily to invest in this heritage from the Lord.

May our sons in their youth
    be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace

Psalm 144:12

When I think about my son… I want him to be like a plant, full grown. I want his roots to go deep and his reach to go far. I hope that he will be strong and grounded in the Lord. That he will grow in his influence for the Lord and be a safe shelter for his future family. For my daughters, I pray that they would be like corner pillars.. strong and able to support those around them. That they would be able to withstand much weight and uphold the truths of the Lord.

Do I imagine these things when I am in the midst of mediating a tantrum? Fixing lunch? Hovering around the homeschool room, checking work? No… not necessarily. But I have it there… in my heart and when I need to step back and remember why I am in this… I can know that there is a reason!

I’ve been reading The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson. She shares the acronym GIFTS to help with having a long term vision:

G- gift of Grace
I- gift of Inspiration
F- gift of Faith
T- gift of Training
S- gift of Service

Do you have a hope for your children? Are you able to look beyond the diapers and snot?

If you’re not sure where to start, check out these daily prayer guides for your children and family.

Titus 2 Tuesday- Parenting with a Vision

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