Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The Bible study I'm hosting in my home this winter is one focused on the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, what our lives look like when we allow God's Holy Spirit to rule in our lives.
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness,faithfulness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22
This week were looking at patience; the difference between patience with people and patience with circumstances.
I'll admit I'm not super patient. Right now the challenge is to grow in this area, but most specifically in patience with people which is the type of patience indicated in the fruit of the Spirit. Patience with my kids, patience with mean or inconsiderate people, patience with myself...you get the idea. It's HARD!!!
Patience in circumstances, sadly, is no easier for me. Here we are only a couple weeks after submitting our home study for one of the children available for adoption and we wait. We've submitted our study for a couple siblings groups now also. Our worker said it's usually around a month 'til you hear something...whether or not your family was chosen to meet with the children's worker. She said sometimes you NEVER hear anything. They pick the family they want and that's it. So we will learn to wait. I have a feeling we won't like it anymore than we do now.
We'll just get more used to it. In fact, I already have. For the first week or so it was hard to think of much else for very long. But now, I've purposed to be fully present in my current life and enjoy it as I honor God in the day-in and day-out stuff. My kids and husband deserve a fully available mom and wife, thankful for the blessings already in my life. We relentlessly work toward teaching our kids to live with a heart of thankfulness, so I should certainly model that very thing, not always be longing for future things, but be eternally grateful for today's blessings.
Here's to a life in progress....May God be glorified in the outcome!