The Millennial Homemaker

The musings of a Stay at Home Mom

Nine Fruits ~ Part Eight: Gentleness

So precious is the gift of gentleness.

Baby Sister July 2006

{This is a picture of my eldest son holding his brand new baby sister, way back in July 2006.}

I believe that God holds us closely in His arms like this.

When we are scared. When we are lonely. When we are hurting.

Whenever we are vulnerable, we crave gentleness. We want someone to come alongside us and show us love through kindness, gentleness, calmness, and assurance that it will all be okay.

No wonder that one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is gentleness. Who would want a Spirit of harshness? I think of how Jesus is the picture of the Gentle Shepherd. He is gently leading his sheep into the fold. I love that image. I will never want to forget that I am God’s child, and that He is gently leading me by His hand… at all times.

As I go about each day, I am learning to practice gentleness. The book of Proverbs says that, “a gentle answer turns away wrath.” It is like putting water on a fire. I try very hard to always be gentle and kind. It’s definitely harder on some days to do this, especially when my kids are not getting Mommy’s hints!! Sometimes, I have to count to TEN and calm down before I answer. I want to try and answer with gentleness as much as possible.

It’s a beautiful thing to display or reflect gentleness. We live in such a harsh world today. So many people are running around, and they are hurt. They may not intentionally hurt others, but they will. It’s a part of human nature. We are wired to do the wrong thing before we learn to do the right thing. I have to constantly remind myself, my children, and anyone else that is willing to listen, that we have to be intentionally loving and caring toward others.

Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.

I hope that as we go about our week, and the approaching Halloween festivities, that we will be kind to the strangers, friends, family members, and neighbors we encounter.

Gentleness is a light in a dark world. Go SHINE brightly!!

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Nine Fruits: Part Seven ~ Faithfulness

I have a Pinterest board called “Growing Faith.” There has never been a time in my life where I didn’t see myself lacking in faith, or that my faith was stunted in growth… until now.

Believe me, I am not trying to be a pessimist. I want to be a person of faith. I love God, I love Jesus, and I love the Bible.

With all of this love, I have noticed that I am struggling in the area of faithfulness.

There is a verse in 2 Timothy 2:13, which says,

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (NIV)

Oh, I know I have had my share of faithlessness. Bouts of doubt. It may be recognized as a mid-life crisis to some. I have questioned so many things, such as: “Who am I? Where am I going in this life? What have I done so far to be a positive impact to others?”

Then, my dear, sweet husband tells me to get my head out of the sand.

I am learning that faithfulness is not about me. It is about putting faith in someone greater than me. Sure, I can be faithful to my family, to my husband, to my career, to my calling. But, the faithfulness that is mentioned as a Fruit of the Spirit, well, that’s the ultimate definition: to be faithful to the Creator of faith: God.

Another verse that has helped me re-learn more about faithfulness is this:

Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.

There are many more that you can read, too, right here if you need encouragement.

Just as the seasons of the earth are faithful each year to arrive, so is God’s faithfulness to me.

Just as the sun rises and sets each day, so is God’s faithfulness to those who trust in Him.

Just as the ocean rushes to the shoreline over and over, so is God’s faithfulness to you, who will seek Him.

My prayer is that not only will I grow in my faithfulness, but that God’s faithfulness will reach out to you, dear reader.

The differing seasons of the same tree in my neighborhood…. beautiful resemblance of faithfulness.

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