Before I get into the context of what I want to share with you, I feel like I need to first give the Lord a little glory.
It’s been almost two months since I’ve hit the publish button. Every time I’ve sat down to write, I end up staring at an empty page on this screen.
Call it writers block, pregnancy brain, or just complete and utter exhaustion – any of those would be appropriate. And actually, it’s probably a mixture of them all.
As the time approached for me to have this post submitted, a cloud of anxiety began looming in my mind.
I had absolutely no clue what to write to offer any meaningful encouragement.
So, I did the only thing I knew I could do.
I asked God to give me any small spark to help re-ignite my quenched inspiration.
He indeed is my Jehovah Jireh – the Lord who provides!
At a women’s event I attended recently, He provided that spark I had asked Him for.
Thank you, Lord!
The woman who spoke at the event discussed the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ~Galatians 5:22-23
Until this time, I had subconsciously believed that I can be lacking one of the fruits while still maintaining the others.
The point she made which stood out in my mind was how the scripture in Galatians does not say “…the fruits of the Spirit are…” but rather “…the fruit of the Spirit is…”.
They are not plural.
They are all connected. Intertwine within one another.
When we are not walking in one, we see the presence of the others fade as well.
As I thought about this more in regards to my own walk with the Lord, I can testify that this is so incredibly true – and in my experience, motherhood has been one of the main areas in which I have seen this networking of the fruit played out in my life.
When I’m lacking patience with my children, I’m usually also lacking self-control.
When I’m lacking gentleness, I’m usually also lacking peace; or patience; or .
Can anyone else relate?!?
So getting practical, this new revelation has begun to alter my approach in my prayers. In the past, when the Lord has identified and convicted me of my shortage of any certain fruit, I would ask Him to help me in that specific area.
Now I’m beginning to understand that, when one is absent I need to be requesting a refreshing of them all.
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ~Luke 11:13
I want my children to possess an abiding trust that my actions and attitude will be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control.
I will screw up.
Make bad decisions.
Have bad days.
Allow my emotions and exhaustion to take over.
I very often find myself slicing another piece of that hard and unpleasant humble pie, and apologizing to my kids.
My soul is still in the midst of this glorious process of sanctification.
I am not yet, perfect.
Yet, I desire to direct my stride towards holy.
I desire to advance from glory to glory.
I desire to walk in relationship with my children in the fruit of the Spirit – in its integrated entirety!
Megan is a wife and mother, a chocolate lover, a guitar player, and a daughter of our heavenly Father. One of her greatest passions is growing in her knowledge of our Lord and inspiring other to do the same. Come check out some of her other posts on her blog, As For My House.