The Good Soil

Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom the seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom the seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NASB)

It's a popular story. I've probably read this parable and its explanation 50 times. And yet, a few weeks ago when I read it yet again, my heart was opened and God showed me some amazing truths and how these truths fit in with the passion that is burning within me.

I had been praying for a number of days about a title for my new blog. I already knew that God wanted me to start fanning the flames of passion in parenting and the easiest and most readily accessible way to do that (especially since I live overseas) is through the internet. I have had a personal blog for five years and I read a number of others, and therefore I am very aware of how influential blogs can be. I wanted a name that really captured the core message that I want to spread: We should raise our kids in such a way that they grow into adults that know and love the Lord and are committed to loving Him and serving others. I mulled over a few titles, but nothing clicked. So, I prayed and I waited.

And then, as part of my Bible reading plan, I read Matthew 13. I was blown away. It was the answer that my heart knew, but didn't yet have words for.

    Next Post: More of the story behind the name, Preparing the Soil!        

8 thoughts on “The Good Soil

  1. Judi

    So excited for your new blog. I so enjoy reading your other blog and having a glimpse of your life in Indonesia. Yes, I think we all need a bit of help along this journey of parenting. I am grateful for your willingness to follow the spirit and share your inspiration with us!

  2. Tayron

    Love the idea behind this blog… I head the Children’s department at my Church and would love to take in the insight you have about raising children.


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