My Happy Pill

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Posted by Katie

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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.

What changed?

Did I suddenly become financially independent?
Did I become more well-rested?
Ha! No.
Did I become a voice of reason and convince my youngest to cease and desist with his glass-breaking tantrum shrieking?
No. Sigh.
Did I become “Resort” Katie and run away some place quiet and beautiful?
No. (Though if I drink some coconut water and close my eyes…)

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 smiled.

“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.
You coming?

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