Day 6 of 7: How to be more like Christ

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. - Gal. 5:22-23

My dear sister,

In Christ Jesus, there is no need to simply go through the day, the week, or your life just trying to get by. As we see in today’s passage, there are tangible ways that we can truly make a difference by the way we choose to live. The way you choose to respond to someone who offended you, the way you choose to react when something goes wrong, and the way you make decisions based on your convictions can all be rooted in the fruit of the spirit. If you don’t know where to start on your journey to be more like Christ, in your daily life, start there!
Here are some examples to get you started:

1. Love
Putting other people before yourself

2. Joy
Continuing to have a great attitude even when things don’t go your way. Not letting your mood be determined by what’s in your bank account. Worshipping the Lord even when you’re going through a difficult time

3. Peace
Being confident of God’s presence in your life

4 . Forbearance
Being okay with waiting, realizing that God’s timing is better

5. Kindness
Being considerate of people…even those we don’t get along with. Being a friend to someone who really needs it, not expecting anything in return.

6. Goodness
Providing loving wisdom to others. Not focusing out outer appearance but what’s int the heart.

7. Faithfulness
Not giving up in hard times, but continuing to plant seeds and serve the Lord.

8. Gentleness
Not allowing your emotions to get the best of you when things go wrong.

9. Self-control
Resisting temptation even though fleshly desires are strong.

When it comes to being the woman God has called you to be, it comes down to being in a relationship with Jesus and allowing Him to do a work in you. You won’t be able to live this kind of life without Him, so lean into that today, and let His example be your guide!

Biblical context + further reading: Gal. 5:13-26

Ice Tea Days

Why? Why did the AC have to fail today of all days? 

The nurse thought as he was sprawled out over his couch. The fluffy pillows and blankets discarded on the floor. Too warm to snuggle. Sweat dripped from his brow gathering in the creases of his forehead. He laid there, legs up and over the arm of the couch, the artificial breeze of the small table fan blowing hot stuffy air into his face.

 He tried to cool off under his loose tank top with a paper fan he had picked up at the local Asian market when he was getting groceries. His lithe, lengthy body in cat face boxers and a dark tank top so loose it showed more of his chest then covered. 

He was melting like the ice cubes in his iced tea, condensating on the coaster. Drip, drip, drip. Only the sounds of the cats shuffling about and the whirling of the fan. He should really get a ceiling fan in his loft apartment. 

It was too hot to move, too stuffy to breath as it clogged his lungs. 

That is when he heard the front door open.