My wife and I, like thousands of other young couples when we first got married, would talk about having children. As we go forward and the seed is planted, young couples wait with joyful anticipation waiting for the birth of their first born. Looking back, it would have been nice if the hospitals had handed out baby manuals. I have to ask the question, “How is your garden growing?
That little sprout that the doctor laid in your arms, have you prepared a straight path for the child? You know, kind of nudge him in the right direction, sprinkle him with words of wisdom and encouragement, and cover with a lot of warm love. I know we have to make time for them, and that we don’t get too busy with our own lives so that the weeds of discontent or doubt grow just when they need someone to talk to. The winds of time sure have a way of trying to push them off course. As we pray for our crops in the garden, it’s much more important to pray for our children in the home. The guidance of prayer and love can give all our kids the stability and strong foundation that is needed to carry them to their future. “Father, you gave us beautiful children to love and nurture, but we sure can use your help to do the right thing at the right time. Give us guidance, but most of all show us mercy on this journey with our children.” Now if they are close by, go give them a big hug, and be blessed as you do it.