Seeds Planted in Our Children’s Hearts

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A couple of weeks ago, my 3-year old started going to our church’s midweek program. One of the things they do each week is memorize Bible verses. The first week, my beautiful 3-year old learned Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”

We’ve had her practice it a few times, and she has enjoyed sharing the verse she learned.

Every week, my daughter also goes to the nursing home in town to visit. She has been eating meals with and helping residents there for over 2 years. One of the gals we have spent a lot of time with, who always shares her dessert with my girl, passed away this week. On receiving the news, I sat down with my daughter to explain that we wouldn’t see our friend any more. I began to explain that our friend had died and we will see her again one day when we go to be with Jesus, too. When I said that she had gone to heaven, she immediately recited her Bible verse. I didn’t prompt her to say it. She just heard me say heaven and immediately associated it with the scripture verse she had memorized. I don’t think she fully grasps death or heaven. But, I know that she is remembering God’s word and that word will always be there. Even from this early age, she can connect God’s word to the things we discuss.

That morning I received a powerful and convicted illustration of a concept I’ve been talking about with people for years. Kids remember what we teach them. The seeds we plant in our children’s hearts can sprout and grow. It’s easy to assume that they don’t understand or don’t remember such things, but the seeds we plant and water will grow. It’s so important to plant the seeds.

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12 thoughts on “Seeds Planted in Our Children’s Hearts

  1. Codi says:

    I agree completely! How encouraging and what a beautiful illustration the Lord gave you.

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  2. Amen. That ability to relate the experiences of her environment back to the Word will empower her to live out her calling with utmost purpose & impact! Keep up the good work, Dad!

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    • patchingcracks says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I was blown away by the opportunity to witness this in my little girl. It was a real blessing.

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  3. Ann says:

    Your post reminds me of many passages about teaching our children. The following three are not lost on you, I am sure: Psalms 34:11; Psalms 78:4,5 Proverbs 4:1
    Wishing to following in my Dad’s footsteps, by leading by example, I prayed for the planting of the seeds of Truth and Faith, as a parent, and have been Blessed many times and again with my Daughter. I used to stay with her in Sunday school, as an assistant and at times as a teacher, and talk about the Bible lessons. I always felt as if I learned more than what I was conveying; children are so amazing!! She is an adult now, and is Fearless in Christ; she has no qualms about letting people at work know that she believes in living her Faith in all of her life, not just at home. My Thanks to God for such Blessings!!!
    I also wanted to send a ‘thank you’ your way for liking some of my writings. I really like your articles on family; refreshing reading.
    Blessings upon your household; Go With God!!!

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    • patchingcracks says:

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment and your work with kids. It’s amazing to me how the act of serving God often changes us more than we expect. I’ve enjoyed your posts and will keep reading them when I see them.

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  4. Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he’s older he will not depart from it. Children, even at that age, are little sponges. They absorb information, and surprise us with how and when they let it come out. Keep teaching!

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    • patchingcracks says:

      It’s amazing to me how much my kids learn. It keeps me on my toes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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