The “fruit of the Spirit” are the attributes of God. God is love. So God and love are the same. They are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. God is these things. Love is these things. If something claims to be love or God and is not these things, it is trying to deceive you. This is how the truth sets us free. If someone can’t wait for you, they do not truly love you, they may love what you can give them. If someone is not kind and gentle you, they do not truly love you. Act accordingly. Do not move away from God and these things for anyone, do not “throw your pearls before swine”, as it says in Proverbs, meaning give away tour treasures to those who do not deserve them. Be aware. And when you set out to love people, love them truly. Do your best to love and live this way: loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. Imagine how it would be if everyone did this. Imagine how much better if just you did…
I hate New Year’s resolutions. Mostly because I am a much better starter than finisher in general and I am a strong proponent of honesty. In addition, there is little value in sudden moral initiatives set upon a certain day other than right now. The idea of suddenly being good in some arena to me diminishes somehow the necessity to be good in that arena now. If it is good, be that now, do it here onward, there is no magic in a certain day. So, now that you have my philosophy in hand, I am most definitely a proponent of initiating a forward, good, positive momentum in life starting right now. I have suffered to varying degrees for the last while with unresolved past issues. I have had one eye forward and one eye back. Not only is this crazy to look at and extremely uncomfortable, but it also prevents such a forward initiative. So, I have released the past to take care of itself after having done all I can do in the forgiveness department and I am onward to the present now with hopes that a greater future awaits me with the Lord. And God is big enough to help all this happen smoother and healthier and with much greater impact. And so here we go. Once I decided this, I have renewed hope and a really great feeling. My family can serve the Lord with renewed clarity and singleness of mind. It is beautiful!!! 🙂
So because our church had Christmas service this morning and we needed to be there to play in the band, we celebrated Christmas yesterday, on Christmas. And by us, I mean my husband, two kids, mom and myself. Tiny. Happy. Not quiet but peaceful. And there is a lot to be said for a birthday party celebration early because today was calmer and reflective and enjoying family time and new toys and relaxation. It is a beautiful thing. Might just make a thing of it. One restaurant we liked was open so we all dove into the buffet at Golden Corral after church and I didn’t even have to cook. So there is a calm in the house, especially now after I finished rearranging the family room to accommodate a new mounted on the wall smart tv, a little work. And we can play games and snack on homemade cookies and put on fingernail polish (yuck, not for me, for my daughter lol) and rest and ride bikes and play tennis and celebrate the beautiful Savior of the world’s birthday together. Love this day. Love it more now.
May your stocking be filled with warm, cozy feet and may your cup of cocoa be warm. May all that you unwrap be loved for the thought and may your best gifts be unbought, but wrapped in a spirit of live, joy and peace and complete with smile and warm hugs. And may you not ever forget you have God with you wherever you go! Merry Christmas, beautiful creation of God! Much happiness be to you and your family, even if it is just little like mine. God bless us everyone!!
Life is not but a journey of growth.
The lessons they shape as onward we go
Past the darkness of valley, the triumph of peaks
And all through it, God’s presence we take
Though we may not feel it, we may feel on our own
And think that our heartbreak is borne all alone.
We must then dig much deeper still
Past the pain and emotions, past our great strength of will
And drop our defence and bend on our knees
And give God our broken and His love receive.
So cheer for your journey now and into the fog
Keep your head to the wind and your focus on God.