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17 May

*** Inviting you along on my journey ***

This journey is not easy for me.  Not so much because eating right is hard but because it’s bringing out other areas in my life that need to be pruned.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

I’ve decided this verse will be my focus, taking each piece and applying it to my life.  Last week and next will be focusing on self-control.  Honestly, I’ve never really liked that self-control was considered a fruit of the Spirit.  It’s just not one of the “fun” fruits.  And for a long time I rationalized that the reason I had none was because it was at the end of the list and therefore was unimportant to Christ.  I’ve always been good at making excuses.

So last week, full of fresh enthusiasm, I tried to practice self-control…and once again was brought face to face with the reality that I have none.

But the Lord had begun a work in my heart.  You see, all of this time, I was acting as if I had to be the one to fix meI had to step it up and somehow find my self-control.  I was trying to grow my own fruit. The pattern was set:  work, fail, cry out to Him, work, fail, cry out to Him.

Until finally I stopped.  I stopped because I was frustrated and discouraged and tired.

“Lord!  Why can’t I fix this??” was my cry.

And He said, “Are you finished?”

“What do you mean, Lord?  I’m doing everything I can.”

And He said, “I know.  Are you finished?”

Yes.  I’m finished.”

But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”                       2 Corinthians 12:9

I can’t grow the fruit of the Spirit but He can.  He plants them in us at salvation and then cultivates His garden.  Sometimes thorns and brambles grow up around us and He has to cut them back.  He has to pull the weeds up by their roots, and friend, do I have some weeds. It’s painful but is anything that endures easy?  I want it to be…maybe then, it wouldn’t hurt so much.