Friday, October 5, 2012

31 days of 5

Galatians 5:22-23...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.

As mothers we have more power than we sometimes realize.  Our words and actions can make or break our children's sweet spirits.  I have bitten my children with words before.  My heart sank as I watched their precious faces look downward.  Looking back on those times I realize my words were not from love, but from my flesh.  My flesh can be quite rude, selfish, and mean.  The love that the Holy Spirit fills us with never has any of those qualities. 

The next time I am tempted to speak to my children in my flesh tone, may I take a breath and speak with love, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.  Won't you join me as we work to build our children up rather than tear them down?  Let's grow a generation of children who know love.