fruits of the spirit,  patience,  peace,  potty-training,  puppy

Jack and Patience


At the risk of talking too much about our puppy, I felt I needed to share the name that fit. Are you ready? “What is Jack. Final answer.”

Swew! What a relief to have a name for this little guy. He seems to already be responding to it too. Potty training…well that’s another story. I’m still as bad at it as I was with my children a trillion years ago.

I remember a doctor’s words that brought such relief and hope to me when my kids were little. He said, “Don’t worry, they will not go to school in diapers.” His prophecy was spot on. But I am always impatient.

I’m impatient to find the perfect name. Impatient to get the potty-training done. Impatient! Not just with the dog, but with most things in my life. I’ve always been this way. Many of us are. We even get frustrated waiting in the drive-thru lines.

Why am I/are we so impatient?

Maybe we are impatient because patience takes work. Patience takes consistent work (sometimes) and consistent hope and trust always.  I think a patient person has a knowing it’s going to be okay. She has a peace within her in the process that allows the patience to manifest itself.

But the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Gal. 5:22).

If you are in the midst of accomplishing a goal or waiting for something to change and you’re struggling with patience and perseverance in the process, memorize Gal. 5:22. Remember that on our own, in our own human nature, we can’t be patient, but with God all things are possible. Pray with me for more of His Spirit. More of His Spirit and less of ours produces the good fruits, and these good ruits include peace….

And patience. Swew!

Much grace,

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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