Love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS...fruits of the spirit. There are more like gentleness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control. But today, especially this morning, I was having a hard time displaying any of these. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed after a fitful night of rest thanks to The Baby.
Kindness was the one I was struggling with the most, followed closely by patience, peace, joy, well all of them really. I knew I was crabby. I knew I should take some time to read my Bible and pray. But I didn't....too much to do. So I grouched along.
About noon, I was finally doing schoolwork with Leeny. We got to her Bible lesson. Talk about feeling like a hypocrite! The lesson was on how God always hears us. (I know that and sure wish he hadn't been hearing!) But what really got me was the last part. "God is so happy when you think of others in a loving way. God will help you be kind even when you don't feel like it."
I didn't want to read it out loud. My conscience was speaking loud and clear. I sure didn't want one of them to point out that mommy wasn't being kind. Thankfully, Leeny didn't say anything about it and the other 2 were out of the kitchen.
But it spoke to me. And isn't that just like God? He meets us where we are and tells us what we need to hear. Even if it comes from a small child's Bible study.