Let's review the fruits of the spirit, shall we?
Love Joy Peace Patience Kindness Goodness Gentleness Faithfulness Self Control
Ouch. That's a nice punch to the stomach isn't it?
When Jessi is throwing her 87th fit of the day and I wash a pull up with a load of laundry. And Zoey won't nap and is up every two hours at night. Then my house pukes up toys r us and the floor is soaked in pee.
Basically my tree becomes fruitless and I lose my mind. Unfortunately, most of the time I fail miserably. I get exhausted, impatient, harsh, and bye bye self control.
How can I expect my two year old to learn these when I'm not showing them to her?? Is snapping at her for jamming her crayons down the air vent productive? Not really. By showing her gentleness & patience in my discipline, she will learn more.
Its been a tough couple of weeks and I've noticed myself becoming less and less patient. Yet, I tell Jessi to be patient as I'm preparing her lunch or she's waiting her turn for the slide. She isn't seeing gentleness from me, as beat the dog within an inch of his life for getting on the table to eat our lunch while I'm changing a diaper. So, why should she be gentle with her sister?
Parenting two very young kiddos has been such an opportunity to practice the fruits of the spirit, I just hope I can remember to use love and patience (and all the rest too!) in my parenting! Sometimes it's easier said than done huh?
How can you practice these gifts and better implement them into your life today? I encourage you to try, and see the difference in your kids. You'll be amazed!
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives." Galatians 5:22-25