Prayers Blog Posts
We all have resurrection stories. My ninth grade English teacher, Ms. Heath, emphasized that for a story to have impact, it must include:
I’m challenged by why temperance/self-control are the final bookends of the nine spiritual gifts listed in Galatians 5:22-23. What’s so special about self-control?
Gentleness is the 8th spiritual gift listed in Galatians 5:22-23. I’m ashamed to admit that the word gentleness brings to mind the oh so many times I reacted in anger or frustration to my mom. I was not always gentle! And her response was consistently one of listening first, speaking next.
Kindness, the fifth “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) is benignity; the artful quality of being gentle and gracious towards others. It is like the pureness of a child’s hug that only seeks to express appreciative affection.
Patience the fourth “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22), mimics God’s mind; it holds out quietly before giving way to action.
The peace lily pictured in this post is by Barbara Hamlin. Her friendship has been a long-time go-to pillar of peace that I return to as often as possible.
As with this rain adorned lily, peace is like sitting perfectly still on my back porch swing absorbing the ethereal beauty of my garden through the veil of rain.
Joy is the second “fruit of the Spirit” as listed in Galatians 5:22. Joy is my own personal beam of sunshine, daily warming me through tribulation or the reprieve from thereof.
The first evidenced “harvest” of the Spirit in our lives is love (Galatians 5:22). It is a word so bandied about that we have tarnished its meaning with trivial connotations that contaminate its intended, lustrous sheen.
The featured image in this post is a painting by Dmitri Wright entitled, In the Quiet of this Moment, gifted to me by him in 1987. It daily reminds me to be quiet and listen to the still quiet voice inside of me.
Are you as tired as I am of the bombarding edicts to do this or that, to be this or that, and to become this or that at the dawn of each new year? I certainly am!
Looking back on this last year, I’m still struggling with being thankful for situations and people whose tenacious grips keep me in a repetitive wrestling match. I want to break free and hear God’s blessing.