The [Missing] Fruit of the Spirit

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The [Missing] Fruit of the Spirit

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fruit of the spirit (minus one)

Let me explain the picture first.  I like to create little ‘pictures’ of lessons I feel God is trying to teach me.  So, even though I’m sure it drives Josh bonkers, there are often papers and cards taped (or stuck with Bendaroos, as in this picture) to random places in our home.  I generally use the bathroom mirror or the wall right next to it.  It’s one place where I can often sometimes reflect without a child or two interrupting my train of thought.  This lesson has now been moved into my quiet time journal where I can look back at it occasionally.

A few years ago, I was going through the Book Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst. At one point, it pointed me to Galatians 5:22-23:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

It really struck a chord in me as a mom.  These are all characteristics that I want to see in my children…but if I don’t model them, they don’t have a way to learn.  So, I cut up some index cards and wrote each of the “fruits” on a mini-card and stuck them on the bathroom wall as a constant reminder to myself.

I stood one morning looking at the mini-cards on the wall and thought, “Boy…those are not things I’m modeling well or even at all to my kids right now”.  After a few minutes I noticed that something was missing.  If you’re more observant than I am, you’ve probably figured out where I’m headed already.  It took me a few minutes to figure it out, but when I did it was a powerful lesson.  The missing fruit?  Self-control.  {Duh.}

You see, one of the first things I tend to lose as a mommy is self-control.   And when I don’t exercise self-control, it’s really, REALLY difficult to model love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness and gentleness to my little ones.

Lesson learned. {Hopefully. ;o)}

What kind of “mommy lesson” have you learned recently?  

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