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on July 28, 2012

Fruit Platter

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22

 

My sweet Aunt Joan makes a point to pray for patience every day of her life.  She is my inspiration for doing the same.  I used to approach that Fruit with trepidation.   The fear of temptation,  if I were bold enough to pray for calm in the fury of life, kept me from asking in God’s will for patience.  But, then I listened to what my Aunt has to say.  And perhaps it’s more the wisdom of the words than the words themselves.

She prays for the patience to be a daughter, a wife, a mother.  She realizes that the temptation to rush through life is always there.  She realizes that life is all consuming.  But she also realizes that the Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit is always abundant and ready for our asking.  He tells us in His word to be filled with the Fruit of the Spirit.  Patience is not exempt.

I seek to be filled with each and all of these life giving Fruits.  But the filling is not of my own will.  It’s is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives that fills us with His Fruit.  He is the wine that fills our wineskins.  Without His strength and Fruit, we are powerless.  We are incapable of sustaining joy and peace and patience and LOVE when we are without the Lord and relying fully on our own in capabilities.

So, today, as I have many days, I will follow in the fabulous shoes of my Aunt Joan.  I will pray for patience.  I will ask the Lord to fill me with His patience.  The patience that listens to the detailed play of my son; the patience that doesn’t erupt when my Sweet Caroline choses to be anything but obedient; patience for my husband to do things in his timing and not my desire to rush through life!  I will ask for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Will I be tempted? Probably.  I will dig deep into the heart of Jesus and rely on Him to see me through.  He is bigger than anything of the world.

Father,
I thank you for your Fruit.  Thank you that we may ask and receive in Your will the Fruit of Your Spirit.  I pray that I may cling to You always, relying on Your complete perfection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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