Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fruit of the Spirit

I've been thinking about my New Year Goals. 

Which is good since it is just day 5.

Here's what I'm thinking about...
I want him to pour out of me with all that I do and shine brightly through me to those who might be in the dark, on the fence, or brand new to JC.
What does that mean? How do I do that?

During my prayer time, this morning I was asking God to help me with this and the Fruit of the Spirit song that Lucy used to sing in church choir started singing in my head...

hmm... gotcha...

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul the Apostle in his Letter to the Galatians: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (galations 5:22-23) 

I yell... I'm quick to speak. I have no patience... I need to work on my self-control, gentleness, and patience.

 I need to teach my kids these qualities as well.

 I learned from an early in my parenting career that if I want my kids to have a certain quality I have to demonstrate it first.
If I want them to love Jesus and to know him and to seek him, I have to do the same.
If I want them to be readers, I have to read.
If I want them not to lose their minds when they can't find something, I need to be patient...
If I want them to pick up after themselves I need to pick up after myself.
If I want them to eat healthy, I have to make healthy eating habits.

That was a parenting tangent... 

If you need me in 2017, I will be working on my FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. 

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix it. 

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