First word is Joy. Well my name is Ligaya and in English it means joy. God wants me to be joyful no matter what the circumstances are. Not easy most of the time when my body is in terrible pain, when my loved ones is having difficulties, when the world seems falling apart. But I just thank God for reminding me, coz no matter what, I can put everything into His hands and be joyful under all circumstances.
But God is saying it's one of the fruit of the Spirit. I supposed I have to let the Spirit of God work in me and gave me a bucket full of patience :)
Kindness! Well, maybe it's an easy part. I worked in an activity center for the elderly. And I loved them. So to show kindness to them is a natural thing for me to do.
But, how about showing kindness to the people that hurt me? That I need Gods help, not only to forgive them , but show kindness to them. God is giving us the opportunity everyday to show kindness to everyone, not only to our loved ones, but also to the unlovable. Well, that is everyday challenge. And that what makes life exciting!
God definition of love is found in 1 Cor. 13: Love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always persevere and it never fails.
Well, I have a long way to go to have that kind of love!
Peace! In this present world, it seems that peace is very difficult to acquire. We are surrounded by noise whereever we go. And not only noise. Problems or sickness that make us worry. Storms in life rob us the peace we are longing for. But God said: " Do not be anxious of anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which trancends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ( Phil. 4:6-6) There we have it! That is the secret of having peace no matter what the circumstances are.
Well, I'm a person that is always on the go, always doing something and always busy and doing multi tasking all the time. Most of the time,when I'm doing something, I'm thinking of others things to do. That result is I'm forgetting to be gentle in things I have in my hands. I remember when I was very young, I worked as a dishwasher in a Cafeteria. The first month, I did'nt earn anything. I broke many plates and glasses while washing them, coz I was always in a hurry. So my employer did not pay me. I found out that a dishwasher job was not for me.
Now I work with older people and I need to be gentle with them. I supposed I'm very good at it now.
Self-control! The cat in the picture is an example of self-control. I need that kind of self- control when our cat used our floor as her toilet.
Self control when my teen-age daughter is doing her thing and won't hear from me.
When my husband wants to listen to country music on saturday night, when all I want is a quiet evening with him. Oh how I thank God for creating tears, then I can just cry and feel better after.
Dear God, let the fruit of the Spirit be seen in me/ us so that this world will be a better place to lived in for each and everyone of us!
PS. I am reposting this coz whan I posted this article I had only two followers. I am going to be away for some days. But maybe I can connect to the hotel internet where me and my husband is going to stay. Keep in touch bloggers friends!
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