For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
I started a new devotion last Fri – God’s promises for my child. The scripture for yesterday sent me on a research about the Poplar tree and here is what I found: This tree has its roots in ancient Rome; the name of it refers to planting a tree near public meeting places. Poplars are very desirable for homeowners even today because of their beauty and wonderful shade. They tend to reach incredible heights and grow large, strong roots. The Poplar trees are not only fast-growing but also easy to take care; they love warm conditions and wet soil. Their wood is durable and has been used to make shields, chopsticks, tanning leather, and base for paintings - Mona Lisa was created on Poplar. The list goes on with snowboards, boats, boxes, pallets, paper, matches, electric guitars, harps, and violas.
I also found out that to grow a healthy Poplar tree one needs to:
· Water it regularly
· Prune the broken, dead or diseased branches
· Don’t plant it in a region with regular strong winds
· Prevent infections by treating the tree with fungicide
As I was meditating on Isa 11:3-4 and the newfound information on Poplar trees I felt comforted. Sometimes parenting can feel like a dry land but God's promise is that His Spirit and blessings will be with our children. He is faithful to hear every prayer and answer according to His wisdom and plan. I often wonder “Am I messing up my kid?” but verses like this one encourage my soul. God notes and rewards our sincere obedience and efforts.
As parents to grow a healthy child we need to:
· Plant them by “flowing streams”, so that they can drink up the Word
· Prune away the branches that hinder their spiritual growth
· Be mindful of the “word-wind” that comes out from our mouths, so their spirits are not crushed but build up · Wisely discipline and address sinful behavior, so it does not destroy their souls
Love on them, provide warm, sunny, bible base home environment, most of all lean on God for everything and watch them reach incredible heights.
Walk with God and glorify His name.
To read more about Poplar trees visit: http://www.2020site.org/trees/poplar.html
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