Fruit of the Spirit // Faithfulness

Faithfulness. Would you describe yourself as a faithful person? There are a lot of different things we can pledge to be faithful to. From pledging your faithfulness to your spouse alone to vowing to faithfully work out at least three times a week. While I think we can all agree that faithfulness to your spouse falls into a higher level of faithfulness than getting your cardio on, sometimes faithfulness can be hard for us human beings.

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If you take a read of the Old Testament and follow the story of the Israelites, they are a prime example of just not being able to remain faithful to God. Though He draws them back and gives them chance after chance after chance, they somehow always seem to mess it up!

Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me. Hosea 7:13

The thing is, even though I may shake my heads and sigh with exasperation as I read their story that seems to involve a great lack of faithfulness, there are too many times when my story looks much too like the Israelites.

All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. Isaiah 53:6

If there is nothing else you’ve learned from reading along with this fruit of the Spirit series, I hope you remember this. We cannot produce any of these fruits on our own! They are the fruit of the SPIRIT. We need the Spirit to abide in us and work on growing these fruits in our lives! We need to invite the Spirit into our lives, ask Him to plant good seeds, and work at nurturing and tending these plants as they mature.

Faithfulness doesn’t happen as a result of our own good works.

Faithfulness is steadfastness, constancy, or allegiance; it is carefulness in keeping what we are entrusted with; it is the conviction that the Scriptures accurately reflect reality. Biblical faithfulness requires belief in what the Bible says about God—His existence, His works, and His character. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit; it is the result of the Spirit working in us.

We must invited the Holy Spirit in to plant the seeds of faithfulness and tend to it carefully and consistently.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; Hebrews 10:23

God faithfully leads us and calls us back to Him even when we fail in our faithfulness to Him. He sees our human weaknesses and has sent us a Helper. The Holy Spirit to guide us in our walk of faithfulness.

BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL; AGAINST SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO LAW. GALATIANS 5: 22-23

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A Summer of Grace & Gratitude

In a land of practically never-ending Summer here in Uganda, it’s easy to take for granted clear skies and high temps. We haven’t been out of the land of bipolar weather (aka, Ohio) for so long that I can’t remember the fleeting season of Summer. Summer is a season that holds anticipation and perhaps some high expectations to do all the things! It is a time to take advantage of the longer days and warm weather. You may be planning to get a lot of house work done. Maybe you’re planning a big vacation. Maybe you just want to spend every minute you can outside and have loads of fun activities you can do with the kids. Whatever it is, sometimes the ideals that we place before ourselves, don’t always turn out looking so….ideal.

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You know that big summer barbecue you planned? You invited over all your friends and their kids. Everything was set up outside and then…it rained.

Remember all the special trips you wanted to take with your kids over the summer? The museums, the fairs, farmer’s market? You ended up spending more time at home than you thought. Before you knew it, the season was coming to a close and it was almost time to start school again.

Remember all the home improvements you wanted to get done? You planned and you prepared, but activities got in the way, and money was a little short.

It is easy to make those Summer bucket lists and feel a little defeated if they aren’t all completed when Summer has finally kicked the bucket! I’m not saying that we shouldn’t plan and prepare for a Summer of fun, but let’s also make room for a lot of grace and a lot of gratitude.

Grace has to be one of my favorite words and one that I’m truly thankful for! Grace for the Summer allows us to take full advantage of those long sunny days. To greet them with excitement and anticipation, but then at the close of the day, even if everything hasn’t gone exactly as planned, we can smile and rest in the goodness of grace.We need grace for the moments that aren’t Summer Bucket List perfect.

Grace then makes room for gratitude. When we give gratitude for things just the way they are, even when they aren’t picture perfect we allow ourselves to experience joy in the moment. Gratitude allows us to make beautiful memories when things don’t go exactly as planned.

Take time to enjoy this Summer and whatever comes with it. Whether you get everything checked off your bucket list or are left with a long unfinished list, meet the moments big and small with an attitude of grace and gratitude. Let your days be filled with the joy of soaking up the moments for the season it is.

Today, I am joining eight other bloggers in sharing encouragement for your summer! There is a little bit of everything in these posts and we hope they encourage and inspire you!

A round up of 9 posts of encouragement for your summer!

Summer Reading Tips for Preschoolers at Grammie Time
Summer Fun on a Budget at Life Planted Here
Let it Go Summer Fun at Foxy’s Domestic Side
Celebrate Summer at The Queen in Between
A Summer of Grace & Gratitude at Oh Tiny Gifts
Craft with Purpose this Summer at While I’m Waiting
Summer Fun at Home: Family Picnic Favorites at Sweet Little Ones Blog
Taking Babies Camping: What to Pack at These Kids Mom
Finding Balance with Summer Routines at Living In This Season

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Fruit of the Spirit // Goodness

Goodness. A word that seems hard to define and pin down. What is good and how do I live it? Does goodness mean I follow all the rules? I never speed and I always floss my teeth? (whoops!)  With a little searching I came across a Biblical definition that I love.

“The Greek word translated ‘goodness,’ agathosune, is defined as ‘uprightness of heart and life.’ Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous.”

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Goodness as a fruit of the Spirit doesn’t mean I’m good in order to simply build myself up and appear virtuous to others. Goodness as a fruit of the Spirit means that I am selflessly good for the sake of others.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:15-16

Whew! I can tell you that I often fall very short of this one. I’m as human as they come. I get selfish and lazy and often think much more about what is good for me than for others. And that is exactly why we cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit on our own!

I can’t grow goodness in my life without inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell in my life! If I try to grow goodness on my own I am left with depleted and malnourished soil. Soil that will only produce goodness that is self centered and self motivated.

When I am firmly rooted in God’s word and invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in my life daily, I am nourished with God’s grace, love, and truth. When I invite the Holy Spirit in, I allow God to sow seeds of goodness in my life and fruit that is healthy and selfless can grow and thrive.

“It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person.”

I know I want to be a Spirit-filled person. A person that desires to bless others because I walk with the Lord and follow His will. I want to #getonblessing! 

Thank goodness for His grace as we walk this journey!

BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL; AGAINST SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO LAW. GALATIANS 5: 22-23

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