Repentance. The intentional change that triggers the
beginning of involuntary change within.
I have noticed that lately I have had some extraordinary
moments of unexplained joy. And peace, too. Not every waking moment, mind you.
But lately, I have had so much more of both that I have begun to
take notice of the shift.
Did I suddenly become financially independent?
Did I become more well-rested?
Did I become a voice of reason and convince my youngest to
cease and desist with his glass-breaking tantrum shrieking?
Did I become “Resort” Katie and run away some place quiet
No. (Though if I drink some coconut water and close my
Nothing really changed in my life.
So what happened?
I believe I became a better farmer.
In specific, I got better at harvesting repentance.
It all started a few weeks back when God kept reminding me
(beating me over the head with…) my own selfishness. As you may recall, I went
to bed each night reviewing my day, looking for ways I could have been more
selfLESS. It was/is an ongoing challenging and eye-opening lesson.
Well, God finally let go of the “selfish” focus, just in
time to whisper a new one to me… “patience.” Oh boy. Here we go again.
I just completed a study on the Holy Spirit wherein we were
discussing how to tell if the Spirit is working in you. I thought of Galatians
5:22, the “Fruit of the Spirit” verse, and remembered that patience was right
up there in the top FIVE. Guess I better get on it!
Then I remembered what came even before patience…and I
“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
So, THAT’s what happened.
Fair enough! Back to work I go.
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