"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
and self-control." - Galatians 5:22 Earlier this week, I woke up in the morning, had my devotional, and was feeling good about the start of the day. After I woke up my girls for school, the rest of the morning became a blur. My girls (who are not usually grumpy) were very grumpy. One daughter refused to get out of bed. Another had a questionable clothing choice. There were complaints about breakfast. On top of it all, there was last minute homework that needed to be completed. It's a miracle that my girls made it alive to school that morning. My devotional reading was from Galatians 5 (the fruit of the Spirit). One of the questions was, "Which of the fruit is God bearing in your life?" My answer (even before the eventful morning) was patience. I'm acutely aware that God is stretching the bounds of my patience. I'm learning to bite my tongue and refrain from saying (and doing) things that I'll later regret. How about you? Growing is never easy, but it's always good. When we're walking with Christ, we should expect to grow - to change. God loves us just as we are, but God loves us too much to let us simply stay as we are. Every day with Christ is an opportunity to become more like Christ - in our speech, in our actions, in our character. For this, let us give thanks.