A few months back, my husband and I went to dinner with another couple. We had an incredible time visiting and encouraging one another in the Lord. The next week, my friend told me that her husband commented on the change he seen between me and my husband, and the way I treated him. How I longed to hear those words, yet they were so unexpected. This past year, I had really focused on my relationship with the Lord and allowing him to change me personally, in my marriage, and as a parent. My desire had been and is, to have the fruit of Gentleness. It is a “sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior. A founded strength, prompted by Love.” Someone noticed; fruit is growing.
It hasn’t been easy though. It has been a moment by moment journey of choices and obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit. I have taken time to seek Him out, and study the Bible. How precious He has become to Me. He has been there, faithfully teaching me who he is. He gently and sweetly speaks to my heart, nudging me on. He is my guide, my comforter, my inner voice, my interceder when I don’t know how to pray, my discerner, my caring friend, my empowerer, my strength, and most important of all, a gift: THE presence of God, indwelling in Me and living out the life He created. I don’t have to do anything alone…and I can’t.
Our personal strength is limited and can never bring the lasting fruits needed. It is only through the presence and person of God, and His presence that anything can truly change. He is alive, well and available to all who ask.
“Father, show yourself to each person reading this message. You are not limited by the natural realm. You are move in our spirits and work in our lives. We come to you and rest in who you are. Thank you for bringing fruits that are proof that you are God in us. Enable us to trust and rely on you. Not by head knowledge, but by experience. Amen.”
We love our Lisa Hefner!
Lisa is a regular writer for the Authentic Grace blog. She speaks such truth from her heart as she lets her Father speak to her. Lisa is a wife and mother of 8 beautiful children and is a priceless member of the Grace Chapel family.