Happy October! Can you believe it's already here?
I enjoy October for the pumpkin everything: pies, candles, coffee! Yup, there's just something about waking up in the morning and opening up my windows to feel the fresh cool air. It's so exciting to enter a new season isn't it? There's a sense of new beginnings on the horizon. Starting over. I just love that.
Lately, the Lord has been preparing me for this new season. Not just in the physical, but in the spiritual. I have felt a sudden urgency to study Galatians 5:22-23 and work on my fruits. I'm not perfect. Yes I can say that. I know that as Moms, we sometimes strive for perfection or strive to be that "perfect Mom" whoever she is? Exactly. She don't exist! And there is no such thing as "super Mom" either. So, it's okay to say we don't got it all together. God created us to be Moms for the children He has blessed us to love. He is shaping us and molding us. Even in those tough moments, He is perfecting us.
I asked my daughter one day to be honest and tell me which fruit of the spirit I needed to work on and she sure nailed it! She then asked me which fruits I thought she needed help with and she agreed. It was a humbling moment, yet it was truth for all of us. It's time to be real isn't? And it's sad to say, that we do fall short. Working on our fruits involves working on ourselves, our hearts.
Examine me, God and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
As Women of God, we need to show forth these traits in our daily lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16, we will be recognized by our fruits. A life completely devoted to Jesus shows forth these fruits. I want that! Do you? I want my walk with the Lord to be passionate, deep and wide.
Bearing these fruits is a constant journey. We can't do this on our own. No matter what or how hard we try, we will fail. We need help. It's only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we bear these fruits. He will help us, all we need to do is ask.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15: 13
I'm so excited to begin this devotional study in October. We will be diving into this in homeschool too. You are free to join me this month on this Fruits of the Spirit journey. Let's work on our fruits together to be better Moms, Wives and Daughters. So others may see Jesus in us. All for His honor and glory, not ours.
Blessings and Shalom,
Are you challenged to work on your fruits this month? I'd love to know who is joining in. It will be fun to interact and share.
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