~ One Woman at a Time ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)

I’ve been writing about the Fruits of the Spirit and how God says they apply to how we treat ourselves, too.  I am thinking of you today and wondering if you are being patient with you?

Patience does not come easy for me.  I know how I should be, who God wants me to be, and when I am not that wife, mother, or friend, I can be pretty hard on me.   I snap insults in my mind and wonder why I can’t just get it right once and for all.

Are you easily agitated with you?  Do you wonder why you can’t just be all God has intended for you to be?  Do you accept God’s grace for others but not yourself?

Jesus tells us that and perseverance gives us character; and proven character, hope.  And aren’t you, just like everyone else, a work in progress; a woman unfolding in God’s grace?  Isn’t He molding you and forging His likeness in you, too?

Jesus’ power, for our faults, is no less than it is for others He loves.  We are the same; a labor in His hand.

God wants us to rejoice in the hope of who He is creating us to be and press on in the work that is being done in us.

The Lord does not want for us to grow weary with ourselves.  Instead, He wants us to humbly ask forgiveness, accept His pardon, and pray for His strength.  We must believe His grace is enough and move on with the confidence that He is forming us to His likeness.

If you are a woman who is impatient with herself, write down the faults that you see, and ask God to help you recognize you are His work in progress.

Reflection

Think of how you understand God’s patience with others.

Can you apply the same considerations that you give others to yourself?

Prayer

Jesus, I am a woman who is impatient with myself.  When I am not the wife, mother, or friend that You want me to be, I become irritated and I heap insults on me.  Help me to understand that I am a Your work in progress and You are molding me to Your likeness.  Forgive me for my sins and give me the acceptance of grace that is sufficient so I can move forward in confidence.  Amen

I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.

Strength to strength,

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