“ But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
Dragging my feet and my heart, I headed to her room, finding her buried in schoolbooks. She was responsible; I hadn’t been.
Welling up with tears, I began my apology. Seems like I’ve been doing that a lot lately. This time I failed to order my daughter’s graduation announcements.
What kind of mom am I?
My girl reassures me: this is not an emergency. Smiling and tilting her head as I blubber my confession, she looks at me as if I’m from another planet. Not because I forgot, but because I’m crying. Who is this woman? I imagine her thinking.
I know she must wonder about me these days.
Lately I haven’t been recognizing me either. The normal organized, rational, on-the-task woman can’t seem to keep it all together.
Maybe the forgetting isn’t so unintentional. Could this be my heart’s way of trying to put off the inevitable?
On my desk sits the form, the one I’ve procrastinated completing, requiring me to admit her age. She’s an adult now. How did that happen? My mind wanders Will she still need me? Who am I now? What is my place?
When I began preparing for our You and Your Girl series this month, I intended to write 9 prayers to pray for your girl during times of change. That’s what this series this year is about – our girls. Then I realized, as I read the traits I wanted to pray for my daughters this month, I was the one who needs these prayers.
I’m guessing like me, you’ve either just come out of a season of change, are entering a season of change or one is just on the horizon. It might not be your youngest graduating from high school. You might be returning to school, making a move or looking for a new job. Change swirls in and around the lives of all of us. Just when we adjust, like a squirming toddler, life just won’t stay still. We finally think we’ve got control, when chaos erupts. One activity stops while two are added. And whether we like the new that has come, or we wish we could run and hide, our feelings don’t change the inevitable.
To handle this constant change well requires traits that I haven’t completely developed yet. Under pressure I have thought I’m just not patient. I can’t be kind. We want to wait until it is easier to be kind or self-controlled.
Maybe, just maybe, change is God’s way of bringing the change. He just might be setting up this opportunity for me to grow into the woman He knows I can become.
We can allow the pressure of transition to transform us. We can permit the rain and the sunshine in our lives to grow in us His fruit, the kind described in today’s key verse: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Every day we are becoming. The question is who are we becoming? During the planting, watering and weeding of change, if we will be diligent and faithful during each season, we will see beauty instead of bitter grow in our lives. As we lean into God, asking for strength through the peace or through the pain, He will make us into the woman He’s intended for us to become.He will make us women who are becoming His definition of beautiful.
Over the next 9 days, let’s pray for God to do His work in us, while we do the work of investing in our girls through seasons of change.
Jesus, I don’t always like the change that comes in my life, but I do want to be beautiful instead of bitter. Grow in me the traits you call gorgeous and help me to embrace this season. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Here are all the posts in this series 9 Prayers to Pray During Times of Change:
Day 1 – Lord, Make Me Loving
Day 2 – Lord, Make Me Joyful
Day 3 – Lord, Make Me Peaceful
Day 4 – Lord, Make Me Patient
Day 5 – Lord, Make Me Kind
Day 6 – Lord, Make Me Good
Day 7 – Lord, Make Me Faithful
Day 8 – Lord, Make Me Gentle
Day 9 – Lord, Make Me Self-Controlled
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You can read all the previous You and Your Girl series here.