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Jan 1, 2017

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for this brand-new year, so full of hope and joy! I am a little surprised to be up at 8am today, but I guess it’s not too hard to believe. My mind & heart are so excited! What will I get to create with my Creator THIS year?! I can’t wait to see all the fresh new art and interesting posts and printables we will make together this year, Lord! I have so much hope for 2017! WOOT! Thank you, Father, for this awesome enthusiasm! πŸ˜€

Galatians 5:22-26 ERV

But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.
We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.
We must not feel proud and boast about ourselves. We must not cause trouble for each other or be jealous of each other.

Well, I may not have any more MONEY this year than last, but I can honestly say that I think every one of the nine fruits of the Spirit has increased in me since I started this blog exactly one year ago! I honestly do not have a clear understanding of the three “vague” fruits — gentleness, kindness, and goodness. But I have DEFINITELY increased in self-control, in faithfulness, and in patience. And my love, joy and peace have increased so much that I feel like I am not the same person at all! WOOT! God is soooooo awesome! But ya know, I am almost frightened at the levels of joy I’ve had lately. Isn’t that silly? But I HAVE said to God, more than a couple times in the last couple weeks: “Lord! Are you fixin’ to take my life soon, cuz I don’t feel like I can hold any more joy than I already have, and there are sooooo many things you COULD bless me with yet — a car, a respectable income, a place to live that is not literally falling apart, toilets that flush and a sink with an actual knob or handle… all these Little Things that I once had, but haven’t had in so long that when I DO get them again, I am concerned that my joy will overflow so much that I will BREAK!” But this morning I realized, God will just have to put more PEOPLE into my life, so that my joy and love can overflow to THEM! HaHA! I think I see how this might could work, Lord. How cool you are! πŸ˜€


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