Hey friends, how are you today? It is a beautiful day in my neck of the woods.  The sun is out, the skies are blue, and winter has been delayed for yet another day.  I am aware that on the calendar, it says winter begins December 21, but where I live, when fall arrives, every day without snow is a blessing.  Honestly, I really don’t mind winter, but I really, really, mind when winter outstays her welcome.  She comes too early and leaves too late and “ain’t nobody gat the time for that!” How was your weekend? 

In our weekly Sunday service bulletin, our pastor usually adds a quote.  Yesterday’s quote resonated with me and reminded me of what I already knew, but sometimes don’t always believe.  Knowledge doesn’t not always bring with it, belief, but knowledge is always necessary for belief.  Anyway, I digress; Sunday’s bulletin said this… character is not made in crisis – it is only exhibited!  Isn’t that profound?

In this verse, we are told that at the time of our conversion, we’re given that one fruit of the Spirit that contains the very character of the Lord Himself.  

Here we’re told that we’ve been given everything, and I mean everything we need for this life.   

I’ve been reminding myself of two truths, this past few days.  God loves my girls far more than I could ever, ever, ever love them.  My love for them is great and I would give my life for them, but the Lord already died for them and gave them something far more meaningful than I could ever give to them. His death and subsequent resurrection bought them eternal life with the Creator God.   He loves them so much that He also provides for them in this life. He isn’t in Heaven, waiting for them to come to Him.  He is actively involved in their lives here on earth.   I had to remind myself that God does, and God allows.  

Secondly, I had to remind myself of the person I am becoming; the person the Lord has called me to be.  The Person, I been called to exemplify to those around me.   The quote said; character is not made in crisis – it is only exhibited.  Who am I then? Because the character of a person defines the person.  If someone constantly tells a lie, this person is called a liar.  That becomes the character of the person; that person is then defined by that character. 

How do you handle your problems, or that of your kids? 

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  1. Problems with my children are one of the biggest temptations for me! I’m a servant and my desire is to attempt to fix their problems. Lately, I’ve been listening, asking what they think, then telling them I’m praying. Most important, I’m taking the time to remind them where God has walked in front of them in the past. Then I add, ‘pay attention to where He takes you and I can’t wait to hear the details.’ Then in my quiet time I write and surrender all my fears about what I worry will take place and say the very words you do: You love them more than me, so here are my worries so I too can wait for Your good works. It’s been such a relief! As parents who have regularly solved their problems, it’s too easy to try to become their Jesus (for me anyway). I’m standing down and it’s been the best decision!!

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  2. What a great read as always. I am reminded how God is in every detail of our lives . God’s hands are stronger and bigger than our hands. The same is true for his thoughts and ways. We have to trust him when it does not make sense. My weekend was awesome. It was full of rest and some needed self-care. Thank you for always checking in with your readers.

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  3. Wow, Brenda. This one is chock-full of wisdom and thoughts to ponder.
    Your quote reminds me of another: your true character is what comes out when squeezed (ie, under pressure).
    It’s hard to imagine that God has already given us everything we need for this life. But He said it, so it’s true. I guess I need to pray harder that I can ACCESS all those wonderful gifts. And that means emptying myself so that He has room to live and move and have His being in me.

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  4. I’m learning each day to hand those kids over to God! – It’s hard because I want to handle everything when it comes to them and/or I get very frustrated when I’m constantly telling them things over and over and over and over again…..but then God spoke and said “Don’t be Weary in Well Doing” …Yes, Lord…sigh…lol.

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  5. Love the quote about character! That has always been a struggle for me – to totally trust God for my daughters. I find myself always wanted to rush in and “fix” things that go wrong. I don’t want them to have difficult times, but then I have to remember that often in difficult times we grow the most. God loves them more than I do – thanks for that reminder. And like you I’m enjoying these last few days of sunshine and warm temps – dreading the forecast that indicates snow may be coming our way in Michigan before the week is out.

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