Last night it was just me and the children. We started worship earlier so we could get in more songs and honestly because I was exhausted and wanted an extra early night.
Our story for the night was the Parable of the Sower read from the Children’s Illustrated Bible.
I turned to the page and began by asking the children questions about the picture.
After a bit of discussion and questioning about the picture, my 2 year old daughter broke my questioning with
“Mummy time to read the words now!”
Questioning time was over and it was time to read from the book.
New American Standard Bible
“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.
Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
The children listened as I read and discussed how the seed is the word of God and the soil is our hearts. They listened as I read about the different outcomes of the seed that fell on the different soils.
I think it was a good story for them and they were able to understand the parable better since we have been studying plants in homeschool this year. We have also started a bean garden and have visited several farms, including that same day.
Then, as genuinely and simply as little children do, they said they wanted to be good soil.
I want to be good soil too!