Saturday night Isaac was in a little talent show at our church. He and a few other boys sang the hymn Blessed the Man who Fears Jehovah (Psalm 128). It was so cute. We had a great time and all of the acts were so fun. I think every family was represented in some sort of act. Mind you, we go to a rather small church. Anyway though, while we were there, a lady at our church who is just a bit older than me (and has children a few steps ahead of mine) came up to me and handed me this little book called The Things You'll See by Lawrence Lucas. She said she just wanted to bless me with it. I haven't had time to delve too far into it yet, but what I have read, I've drunk in...it is so rich and encouraging. Just wanted to share a snippet with you.
"Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad; my soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. Proverbs 23:15-16
Pistachio trees need seven years before they'll bear a commercial crop. That's seven years of pruning, watering and feeding. It's seven years of fighting pests and disease. Seven years of paying attention and seven years of work, tending to matters when they call for it instead of when it's convenient.
Farmers go through this for one rason: to bring in crops.
Raising children takes longer and it takes more. More diligence, more feed, more care. It takes more of ourselves. It can't be hired out. But the fruit? No crop compares."