Friday, December 20, 2013

Parents, Keep Your Head On Straight, Fruit is Developing

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).

I oftentimes must stop myself in the many situations that arise in our life and say to myself, BUT GOD....
Daily I find myself tempted to feel beaten down, guilty, despairing, or worried; especially during the holidays. However, God tells me that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. I have to physically stop myself when I feel those things that are opposite from the fruit rising up in me. I must make an effort to deeply inhale in order to pause then slowly exhale, but God.

God has promises, though in this life we will have trouble; to give us life to the full for me and my family (John 10:10). To give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). To grow us into the fullness of Christ-likeness (Philippians 1:6). He has these same plans and promises for my children. I can in turn trust His plan; even in disability.

Oftentimes I find myself feeling angry. I am, however, responsible as to what I do with that. It is clear that I am not to sin in my anger but my anger is not wrong. We live in this world now that is flawed. In this world the creation moans for restoration so wouldn't it be natural that I would moan in the same way. What we are now is not what we will be in the future. God is using every challenge in your life to make you more and more into His likeness. That is a precious honor.

Because of these truths when the ugly thoughts and attitudes rise up I can say but God...God has better plans for me than what is happening now. This is not my home, I am only on a pilgrimage toward my final destiny. This life is hard but it builds amazing faith in us if we allow ourselves to be trained by it. The fruit of the Spirit does not come naturally to us in the flesh however in HIM and by His strength and power it develops. Slowly it develops with each challenge and each opportunity to trust.

I admire parents of children with special needs. I feel God has given us a tougher journey but it will all be worth it when we swap stories in Heaven. It is only then when we will see what we cannot now see. Then we will be praised for our amazing faith and trust in complete darkness; grasping to that light that can only be found in Him. When we look back it will be the greatest blessing and we will know it was not even about us having to grasp tightly for He was holding us all along, carrying us, growing us and our children. So now let fruit develop. We want fresh, tasty fruit not rotten fruit. Remember God has promises for us regardless how hard life gets here and now. There is a greater plan and we can fully trust Him in making our faith stronger, giving us faith that is as good as gold. Do you trust Him?

PRAY:Father, help us to trust in all times; good and bad. Help us to know you always have our best and our children's best at heart. Help us when we are tempted to believe otherwise to say but God remembering your promises to us. Lead and guide us and bring that fruit in our lives unto completion. In Jesus. Amen.

~Angela Parsley

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