What gives me joy?



In order to fully embrace the Fruit of the Spirit, peace, I had to take an honest look in the mirror and figure out the root of why I was not peaceful...and I found that I didn’t trust God completely. I had given Him my life in pre-school, but I still held on to my worries, doubts and fears and somehow thought it would help. My constant worry was hard to face. I had to embrace the reality that God is in control and I am not. I can pray and I can follow His path, but the result is up to Him, not me. Whew, this took the pressure off! Anytime I’m stressed I have to remember this and relinquish my desire to control. 

Next, I had to find ways to repeatedly change my thinking. Finding a verse to repeatedly tell myself helped. Like, “For we are God’s masterpiece.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) 

God and I talk about peace a lot. He reminds me to “rest and trust.” I hear this echo in my head nonstop. 

After years of letting peace be my choice of fruits, which has meant battling my worry, anxiety, and what ifs, I have made progress toward peacefulness. But I am not sure that I would call myself peaceful yet, so I think I will choose peace for another year. 

Is there anything that keeps you from living out the fruit (quality) you chose? 

God, I invite You into my journey toward ____________ (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, or self-control). Give me a strategy for growing in this area. In Jesus name

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