Patience:  A fruit to ripen

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#Patience
Patience isn’t something most of us are born with. It surely doesn’t come automatically the moment we take a breath-it’s developed. It’s a process. It takes time.
Children are not automatically patient. As mom looking back, I can’t even count the number of times I told my children “just be patient” or “in a minute!” When you stop to analyze that statement it’s actually quite funny. A little child? Be patient? Most adults struggle with being patient, yet we expect our children to ‘be patient.’
Most people, including children, truly don’t understand what this word means. “Patience.” Yet we expect it from everybody. But are WE being patient?
Children learn patience when it’s demonstrated. They live what they see demonstrated. It is learned over time but so are other characteristics.  

I know as a mom, there were times when I demonstrated patience with my children, yes; but there were MUCH more times when I didn’t. I wish I could change that now. I can’t. I was still ‘fruit’ in the process of being developed at the time I was raising my children… 
Webster defines it this way:
Patience:
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed.”
The word “patience” historically comes from the Latin, patientia, meaning suffering, which also gives us the word patient, referring to someone who is suffering from being sick or injured.
“Patience” is one of the fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Fruit takes time to ripen. So does patience.  
The Strong Concordance for the original Greek word translated to our English language for patience is:
#8318 pa’-shens (hupomone, makrothumia):
“Patience” implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such it is an essential Christian virtue to the exercise of which there are many exhortations. 
We need to “wait patiently” for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove.
PATIENCE: The quality of forbearance and self-control which shows itself particularly in a willingness to wait upon God and his will. Believers are called upon to be patient in their expectations of God’s actions, and in their relationships with one another.
Patience is often hard to gain and to hard to maintain, but, in Romans 15:5, God is called “the God of patience” as being able to grant that grace to those who look to Him and depend on Him for it. 
It is in reliance on God and acceptance of His will, with trust in His goodness, wisdom and faithfulness, that we are enabled to be patient, endure, and to hope stedfastly.
“Patience” is a form of #Love
In 1 Corinthians 13:4, “LOVE is patient.”
Ahhhhhh.
This is key.   
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
We are to walk in love. (Ephesians 5:2)
When we are patient with one another, 

we are demonstrating Gods love. When we are patient with ourselves, we are receiving Gods love.  
While we strive to be patient all the time, to be loving all the time, we fail.
Progress takes time. We’re all human.
Praise God that HE never fails! He is ALWAYS patient with us, ALWAYS loving towards us.  
Join me today to commit to exercise our patience with one another.
#FaithActs!

Pep talk 

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Don’t let anyone else determine who you are or determine your value. 
You are fearfully and wonderfully made and created for a purpose.
You have unique qualities,  special talents and possess a precious personality. Your life has value and you matter!
What other people think of you is none of your business. 
I know that’s a tough statement but the more you think on it the more true it will become. 
As believers in Christ, our business is God’s business-what He thinks of us is what matters- 
His value is the true value-
Just like God said when Jesus was baptized and came up out of the water “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” before Jesus did the very first miracle or began his ministry, God determined His value because He, Jesus, is God’s son-God determines our value the same way… 
It’s not based on what we have done or what we are doing. It’s not based on what we look like or what we don’t look like. 
Our value is not based on what other people think or don’t think about us. 
Trying to please other people and trying to own up to other peoples expectations is stealing our joy and our peace. 
It is a distraction. 
It’s much better to spend time with our Creator God and determine our value based on who He says we are and what He thinks about us, because that’s when Peace comes to us…when we realize our true identity is found only in Christ.
“I got revelation that I AM Jesus’s gal’ the gal He loves” and found out who I am the same way Jesus did- from the scriptures.  This is how iamjesusgal ministries came to be!

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Blessings to you!

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Don’t Let Wrong Thoughts Park in Your Mind

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Ever wake up and instantly have thoughts flood your mind, in your face, demanding your attention?   Thoughts that attempt to lure you into worry or fear?  Know this:  

  “a thought  unacted on remains unborn.” (Pastor Debbie Morgan) 

Yep, everyday.    Everyday thoughts come to us.  Thousands of thoughts. Literally.
According to Cleveland Clinic and Wellness, 

Each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day! That’s one thought per second in every waking hour! Amazingly, 95 percent are the same thoughts repeated every day. On average, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative.

Whoa.  Our minds are like a filter between our soul and our spirit.   It’s up to US to activate our filters, by turning on the switch of positivity.
It’s up to us to guard our eye gates, and our ear gates…we are responsible for what we see, and what we hear… and ultimately, for what we think…and it’s vital to our wellbeing…
Our thoughts will direct our action.  If we think wrong, we will act wrong, leading us to live wrong.
If we think right, we will act right, leading us to live right.
Our eyes and our ears-they are the doorway to our heart, and out of the abundance of our heart, the mouth speaks.
And let me tell you about the power of our words!!!!  
Oh. My. Goodness!!!
We ARE what we say we are.  

“Death and Life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Yep.  Words matter.  Just ask a bullied child.  Or ask someone who just ran a marathon who almost gave up, but for the cheers and encouraging words of the crowd.
So what do I do?
When I awake, I deliberately open my eyes and seek God.

“Look to the Lord and His strength, seek His face, always.” (Psalm 105: 4)

I greet Him, ‘good morning, Lord.  Holy Spirit, take over my life today” I say.
When thoughts come, and they attempt to bombard me with this worry, or that doubt, full of lies from the father of all lies (John 8:44), I have to do something.
I can’t let wrong thoughts park in my mind…
Too often, too much of the ‘world’ tries to force itself in.
No.  Faith requires action…  and I have to act my faith…
I have to hold the wrong thought captive, and run it by the Word of God.
God gave me eyes to see, but it’s up to ME  to determine where my gaze falls.   
I am the steward of my thoughts, and I determine what I think upon.
If I let my thoughts take over, I could give place to the wrong thoughts which could give place to the devil.
So- I do what the Word of God says to do:
I fix my eyes on Jesus. 
I look to the Lord, and seek His strength.  I seek His face.  I seek His thoughts towards me.  I seek His direction and leading for me.
And I choose to praise Him, regardless of circumstances. 
Why?
Because, regardless of circumstances (which are temporary), God is worthy.  God is praiseworthy. 
 And I am here to praise Him.  I am praising God that JESUS is THE WAY, and my eyes are fixed on Him 💗