Sunday, March 30, 2014

Growing a Crop of Love: PHOTOSYNTHESIS


The life-giving sun energizes the small plant to grow in size and strength. 

Once a germinated seed becomes a tiny measure of faith, a mother cannot make it grow. No amount of coercion or control can increase the child’s faith. Only the work of the Spirit of God can[1].

It is the Spirit who gives life – John 6:63a ESV 

The Spirit intercedes on our behalf, teaches, comforts, admonishes, directs, and protects. J
ust as the process of photosynthesis will increase the mass of the plant, the Spirit of God, dwelling in the heart of a believer in Jesus, guides us in all truth. 

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. – John 14:26 

Our role as mothers is to bolster our children’s understanding of and exposure to the light. Jesus is the light of the world.

I {Paul} planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. – 1 Corinthians 3:6 

The process of photosynthesis uses light to convert carbon dioxide (the flesh and its passions and desires) and water (grace) into energy (which becomes the structure of the plant) plus 
oxygen (life giving truth). 

Photosynthesis looks like the relationship we develop with the Spirit. Without Him we remain tiny shoots with no blossoms or fruit.

Christ’s light converts our arrogance in to meekness, our greed in to sacrifice, our selfishness in to service, our strife in to reconciliation, our self-pity in to thankfulness, our hopelessness in to joy, our striving in to submission, our jealousy in to contentment, our anger in to compassion, and our bitterness in to forgiveness.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. – Galatians 5:25 

Additionally, the affect of Christ’s light in our lives spreads oxygen (life-giving truth) to those in our influence so they do not suffocate from the flesh and its passion and desires.

The spiritual formation of our children takes places in the inmost parts growing in depth and breadth to maturity. With heaping doses of grace and ample supplies of Christ’s light, our children will become an abundance of love to pour out to others.

Take Action

1. Consider how you are praying for your children.

2. Consider how you are exposing your children to the light of Christ. Examine the beatitudes in Matthew 5. Are you introducing your children to and modeling for them how to be blessed?


Abba Father, come to my children make their salvation secure. Grow them in size and strength to worship you alone. Teach them what it means to be blessed. Secure their heavenly role as a prince and princess in the Kingdom of God.

Hands on Activities

Mommy and me.

Grace and Peace to you, Edy

[1] Dr. Tim Kimmel, The High Cost of High Control