"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control..." - Galatians 5:22-23
Time has gone quickly since we started learning and talking about the Fruit of the Spirit. A few months back we began this process in this post by talking about LOVE . After LOVE, we tackled JOY. From JOY we moved onto PEACE, which brings us to the next fruit - PATIENCE.
Patience is a hard thing to put into practice. Let's face it, I am almost in my mid 30's and I am still learning about patience. It seems that as *soon* as we started talking about what patience is and how we can put it into practice, any patience that any of us had in this house...went flying out the door!
You can tell by these pictures, that Analise clearly did not have the patience for posing.
"Please be patient"
"Are you being patient?"
"Is this what it looks like to be patient?"
"Remember what it means to be patient?"
I wondered what the heck I was doing...why I bothered trying to teach these types of things if they didn't work, etc. But we stuck with it.
After talking about it for quite some time, we wrote down some things about what we think about patience. Here is what we came up with:
I explained why it is important to be patient with one another and how God is ever so patient with us. It wasn't until I heard the following conversation between Analise and Jameson that I realized that it was working - to some degree.
A: "Jameson! I am playing with the tractor. You can't have it."
J: "NO! Yay-Yay (that is what he calls Analise)! I need it!"
A: "Jameson, You don't need anything. God gives you what you need. You have to be patient."
J: "NO Yay-Yay! I need it!"
A: "Jameson, you need to remember what being patient means. Do you know what it means?"
J: "NO Yay-Yay! I NEED IT!"
A: "Jameson. Being patient means waiting with a happy heart. Is your heart happy?"
J: "No Yay-Yay! NOT happy."
A: "Well, you need to have a happy heart while you wait. My heart is happy, so I am being patient with you and not giving you this tractor until you are patient."
J: "Yay-Yay. I need it! I happy now!"
Next up: KINDNESS AND GOODNESS