“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).
A gentle answer turns away wrath. Be completely humble and gentle. (Prov 15:1; Eph 4:2)
I was awakened this morning by a loud cry and a shake. It was my precious little Sarah wanting a hug for her birthday. She is 6 years old today. She is sweet and gentle, but she didn’t know how to wake me up so she chose something abrupt, not so gentle and sweet.
I wanted a birthday picture, but you know how kids are. They like to goof and make faces. And that’s what she did!
Here are some other faces. She has brought me so much joy. When I was at one of my lowest points of my life, when I was going to have surgery because of cancer and my husband was fighting his last battle, I got the news that a new life was on the way. How much this little one has inspired me to fight, to keep living!
I hope I get to celebrate many more birthdays with Sarah. And I hope she will always be gentle and sweet. Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit. I pray for her, for my other grandchildren, for my daughter, for my son-in-law, for myself… and for you, that we will be open to the work of the Spirit in our lives, so that the gentleness of Christ will shine in us and through us.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The plans for the day are to visit Sarah’s classroom this afternoon and take cup-cakes and drinks for the children. Then we will have dinner at Chilli’s. She said yesterday that I can choose whatever I want to eat. Wasn’t that sweet?