Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pulling or Transplanting Weeds

Ok so before you read on...yes, we are all wearing matching shirts today :) I can't help it.
No idea what this pic is about....hmmmm....what do you think he is thinking? Hey, come up with something fun.
These are our children looking through our church directory as we mail out letters & pics to gain support for our Naomi. Hey, they look like they are having fun anyway.....
I tell you that all of our children - well almost all (maybe not the youngest 2) helped fold, stuff, stuck labels, put on the stamps.....this is a family ordeal in our home. I love the fact that our children see the value of adoption- gaining a sibling, wanting her to hurry up and come home already, praying for her, and knowing that this doesn't just happen. There is lots of paperwork (although ours is all but done), lots of payments, lots of thinking & praying over all that you do. Asking God's provision for you. Asking others to help. It is a process that our children know pretty well, and ask about too. What a great way to show them Who God is.

So today as I was playing with the kids. Pushing Jonathan & Elizabeth on the swings.... I noticed my other children pulling weeds at the playset area.....they were "transplanting" them and pretending to "garden". It brought a thought to my mind.

You see Andrew has had some temper issues lately. He quickly gets - too angry. There are times when he lets loose before engaging his brain. He is a smart boy! Loves to learn, compassionate to others, and loves to laugh. But, lately especially, he has had some problems.....and as we are working on it with him. I have looked in a mirror to ask myself some serious questions.

Am I pulling weeds or just transplanting them? Meaning am I transplanting my quickness to judge, my quick tongue to my child.....or am I pulling out that weed? I want to be pulling, but I have to admit too often I am sowing more weeds than I am pulling. I have had to apologize on more than one occasion because of this. God Please CHANGE my heart. Help me to be Pulling The Weeds Out & not spreading or transplanting them to my children.

Matthew 13:24-29 Talks about weeds being sown among the wheat, and that weeds are planted in the night by the enemy. When my life is going by I want to be planting wheat- NOT WEEDS. I pray that God will help me be more and more wheat and less and less weeds.


  1. EEEW! You busted me on this one too sister-gotta stop with the weeds UGH! When do you expect your sweet one home?

  2. I recall seeing myself in our oldest child and I did not like what I saw! It is a process. So glad that God is into forgiving! I had to ask a child for forgiveness even today.

  3. What a thought-provoking, beautiful post. I love your heart for God and the way that you make me think!

    We are SO very excited for you with regard to the updated reports that you've received on your precious Naomi. God is so good, and His plans are always perfect! We will continue to pray!

  4. hmmm....that is a very thought-provoking question.

    It's so great that your kiddos get to feel involved in the adoption by helping. They are already forming a bond with their new sister! I am so excited for you!

  5. mmmmm... yes I believe I too am a weed planter, thank you for this one!
    I actually had a similar thought this morning...not about weeds, but about what I might be modeling to my children. Went to the Lord in prayer to change my heart as well.
    Thank you Lord that you are faithful!

  6. Oh wow, that is a POWERFUL post. Thank you so much. I needed to hear that today!