Children Like Olive Plants: All Around Your Table; Parenting with Wisdom and Grace

Knowledge can come from books, but wisdom can only be received from God. This book is the accumulation of the knowledge learned by the author through personal experiences and the wisdom of spiritual principles from God's Word. Multiple topics are covered to help and support families.

• Love languages

• Discipline

• Teaching work ethics and the handling of money

• Spiritual training

• Grace gifts and temperaments

• Releasing our married children

Whether just starting a family or helping to raise grandchildren, there is a wealth of information to assist you.

Why olive plants?

When you eat the labor of your hands,

You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house,

Your children like olive plants all around your table.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalms 128:2–4)

In this blessing, God compared your children to olive plants and commissioned them to be all around your table. My question was, “Why olive plants?” Here are some facts I found about the olive tree:

The olive tree is one of the most beloved, sacred trees in Israel. It has strong roots that live for thousands of years. They are evergreen trees bearing valuable fruit all year long. Olive trees can grow in a rocky environment with poor soil conditions. They need a sunny position and regular watering to thrive. The olive tree grows quickly the first four years, producing a beautiful white flower. Maturing of the olive tree slows down, developing fruit several years later.

The olive leaf extract possesses extreme healing properties. The olive branch is a symbol of peace. The expensive olive wood is fragrant, colorful, dense, and durable. The wood is used for fine furniture and the making of items of religious significance. The wood is seasoned and cleaned by applying oil and rubbing with salt. The olive fruit is very bitter if not processed correctly. With careful preparation, it is a delicious, salty addition to our diet.

The Israelites considered an abundance of oil as a sign of prosperity and favor. The olive oil is used to produce light and as an anointing oil for healing. Judges 9:9 says that oil was used to honor God and men.

The olive tree is cherished and loved for what it gives the nation of Israel. Our little olive plants should be cherished and loved for what they can do for the kingdom of God.

--Judy Folsom

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