Keep In Step

Have you ever gone on mommy playdates or shopping with friends only to realize they have another pace than you? Its so hard, especially when you have kids, to manage the kids, chatting, and walking together all at the same time. It always seems to me, when I try, that I end up ahead or behind the gang...usually is my 2 year old's fault ;)

When I am kid-free, I have to tell myself to walk instep with the group, because I have a tendency to walk fast.

Well,  it got me to thinking this week when I was in church as we read Galatians 5:22-26.

Those who have grown up going to church, probably, have learned the fruit of the spirit backwards and forwards by the time we can write our name.
But it hit me differently this week for the first time...the fruit of the spirit are not like a bunch of different fruits...but one fruit.
If you have the spirit, it's not like you have some, and not others, but all of them. Some just need more maturing.
Walking with the spirit is how we mature that fruit and grow.

Walking with the spirit is just as important as keeping in step with the spirit.

Its when we walk with the spirit that we can be led the way He wants us to go, and keeping in step with Him tells us when to slow down, speed up, take a left or a right....sometimes even a u-turn. Taking the u-turns can be the hardest part....or even stopping can just be killer for me.

As a mom, I am on the "go-go-go" all of the time. As a Christian, unfortunately, I think I determine my own speed, and hope God catches up with me. Other times, I feel I don't keep up...and sometimes the fruit I am nurturing sometimes gets left by the way-side.
Patience is an area of weakness for me.

Anyone else happen to read this and feel this way?

Thankfully, the spirit is in us wherever we go, helping us to grow closer to Jesus and knowing the right path for our lives. If you read the more recent post about the upcoming changes for our family, you'd know that I am just about as nervous about our path as it gets.

Another verse I trust in every day is:

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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