I often remind myself that the LORD has created me to nurture. I need to affirm this to my heart because I get caught up in the work, the discipline, the NOISE (yes, 10 children do make just “a little” bit of noise). I loose my focus and my joy; I feel frustrated and stressed. I fail and yell. I get angry and whine. I forget...
I forget that I was created to nurture.
Nurture means “that which nourishes such as food and that which promotes growth, to encourage somebody or something to flourish.”
Nourishing my family and friends and others is the walking out - the action of the truth that they are cherished and precious - made in the LORD’s image.
Nurturing is a way of living! Those around me need me to nurture them, and because the LORD has given me this “nurturing anointing” it is not a burden. It really is a pleasure. And that’s why I like to remind myself that I was created to do this, and by His Spirit, it is a joy. When I get lost in the “hard stuff” of the day, I start focusing on me and begin to let my emotions tell me other things - self-centered things.
“Nurturing touches the whole person-body, soul and spirit. We are to nurture our children’s physical bodies with life-giving food. What about the soul?“ (Nancy Campbell).
Here are some words I think of....
Teach my children TRUTH from the Bible and about our LORD, and speak His Truth to others
Train, instruct and disciple my children
Watch over them
Listen to them
Feed them with nutritious food, books, music and ideas
Family traditions and time together
I would love to know what comes to your mind as you think of nurturing your loved ones. In sharing we encourage each other.
As a gardener loves to tend to his plants, I really think that as we nurture the ones that the LORD has placed in our lives, we will find contentment and joy.
I chose the pictures here for a reason...besides the fact that they are just adorable...
the little one’s are watching us and learning from us how to nurture and love others. So, let’s remind ourselves that the LORD has created us to nurture!