The Millennial Homemaker

The musings of a Stay at Home Mom

Nine Fruits: Part One – Love

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I have recently gone through some old journals, and I came across too many pages where my personal thoughts are somewhat sad. I don’t always remember why I wrote those particular words on that particular day, but I did. I want to change my overall tune. So, I have decided to take a step back, and try and view things from a higher perspective. Yes, a view from a heavenly perspective.

Nine Fruits of the Spirit

In the New Testament book of Galatians, there are nine fruits of the Spirit. The first fruit that is mentioned is LOVE. There is no doubt in my mind why the Apostle Paul wrote about love as the first fruit. It is the one virtue that keeps this world spinning, from person to person, and from God to people. God created us out of His Love. God wants us to love each other and to love Him. Most people have the ability to love someone or something. It’s in our nature, because we were made from love.

I choose love…

As I ponder back over to my journals, I see that the trend in my life has to been to blend love with griping. Now, that’s not fair to God, nor is it fair to my family. If I truly love God and love people, I shouldn’t be griping. I have to stand strong and choose love above all that may seem unfair, hopeless, or depressing. True, this life on earth can be very depressing! And, it’s easier said than done to shake off that sadness and choose to love instead. I will admit that I find it hard to love at times. I tend to be a “conditional” person, who demonstrates love based on performance, ability, or plain old circumstance. How shallow I am! God wants me (and He wants us all) to love without condition. No holds barred. No prejudices. No fakeness. Just plain, simple, love.

My Accountability

My hope is that I can find someone who will hold me accountable as I journal to change my heart and my mind toward these nine fruits of the Spirit. We all have the innate ability to love. We were born that way, but perhaps somewhere in our personal journey we were thwarted in love. We were ripped off, abandoned, teased, or rejected. I want to shake off that dusty past of pain and move forward with positive thinking! I can choose love, and I know I can tap into my innate ability to love unconditionally again.

 

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My Dog has a Window Seat

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My dog Penny loves to go outside. The other day I was preoccupied with my dirty dishes, and I looked up to see her smiling, panting face looking at me through the window. I was so overwhelmed with “awe” for her precious attention toward me, that I stopped washing my dishes to capture this moment.

Of all the animals on the planet, I truly believe that a dog was meant to bring us joy. My sweet little (rather, she’s quite medium-sized) Penny has the largest amount of unconditional love I have ever witnessed. She happily greets anyone who comes to our door (no stranger-danger in this pup!) and always desires a pat on the head or a rub on her belly!

Sometimes I think that God has allowed these domesticated animals to show us how to love unconditionally, as well. Even when we are stinky, whiny, and down right mean, a dog can come up to us and give us a lick. This small gesture reminds me that I am forgiven, I am loved, and I am accepted.

So, I won’t ever forget this lovely moment between Penny and me. She makes me want to be a better person by learning to unconditionally love others, just as she unconditionally loves me.

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